Office users on Windows PC desktop versions of the suite are getting a new update. Microsoft is rolling out a new release that adds one notable new feature. This is an Office Insider Program update for Windows 10 and bumps the service up to version 1708 (Build 8326.1000) or newer.
The important feature in question is a new people and groups card for desktop. This addition is available across Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and Skype for Business.
Microsoft says the introduction of the card is part of an effort to bring customers a simpler experience. The company wants the Office app to be more coherent. This means across all devices and Office 365 versions.
In terms of functionality, not much has changed. You can still hover over a contact name at any time. The difference is the new card will now appear.
The card can be expanded to show the full contact information. As a single column design, it is easy to read and manage. The card includes contact info (email, phone, etc.), the company the person works for, their current availability, working hours, organization position, and more.
As mentioned, this is a Fast Ring update for the Office Insider Program. The new card must pass through the Slow Ring before it makes its way to all users.
Slow Ring Update
Earlier today, we reported on Microsoft's latest update for Office Insiders on the Slow Ring. The company rolled out new features and abilities across Windows 10, Mac, and iOS. These Slow Ring releases are older than the new card and should be launched fully this month.
This week, Microsoft also rolled out Office Desktop for all Windows 10 S installation.
As an introductory offer, Microsoft is throwing in one year of Office 365 Personal on Surface devices with Windows 10 S. This subscription adds 1TB of free storage and complete Microsoft Words, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote.