Microsoft first announced the expansion of the Office Insider program back in August, and quickly rolled out an update by September 8. Since then, we haven’t heard much from the team, and that’s because they’ve been busy working on a new build.
In a slightly different move, version 16.08.7369.2017 rolled out to the Fast and Slow Rings simultaneously. You should see the update already, though it may be labeled Version 1609 (7369.2017) to fit with the new naming system.
Office Version 1609 (7369.2017) Changes
This month’s release comes with a number of new features, which we’ve listed for you below:
- “Ink replay: To understand what’s behind the ink you see on a PowerPoint slide, click Draw > Ink Replay to rewind and replay the ink strokes. You can use this feature to follow a sequence of handwritten notes and drawings, review step-by-step instructions, or see the order in which somebody else marked up the slide.
- Better recordings: In PowerPoint, you can add a Recording tab to the ribbon, create a presentation made up of recorded slides, screen recordings, and inserted video, and then share that recorded content to be viewed remotely on Docs.com. You can also embed quizzes to assist with remote learning and make your presentation more interactive, as well as change the ink color right from the palette in the recording pane. To learn more, see Record your slide show in PowerPoint. (Feature requires an Office 365 subscription)
- Accessibility built right in: In Outlook, we’ve improved keyboard and assistive technology experiences for reading email, scheduling meetings, and adding a signature.
- New data transformations and connectivity enhancements: In Excel, add parameters to your queries, or create new queries from Merge or Append operations. You can also use the Web connector to preview web pages.”
There’s nothing huge here, but the collection of small improvements should help enhance the general Office experience. If the usual update schedule is anything to go by, we should see further improvements by this time next month.
You can find more detail on Microsoft Answers.