Insider release notes for Excel 2016 for Windows desktop

This article contains a compilation of the top changes in the latest Insider build for Excel for Windows desktop. To set expectations, this isn't a comprehensive list of every last little fix in the build. Instead, consider it a highlight reel of interesting new features, important fixes, and any significant issues we want you to know about.

To find release notes for the other desktop apps, see Release notes for Insider builds of Office 2016 for Windows desktop.

Latest Insider update

Version 1802 (Build 9110.2002)

On February 13, 2018 we released Version 1802 (Build 9110.2002) to our Insider audience.

New features

  • There are no new features to highlight this week.

Top fixes

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

Known issues

  • There are no known issues in this build. If you run into an issue, click File > Feedback and let us know. When reporting, it helps to be as specific as possible, and to include screen captures and diagnostic data, if you're comfortable with that. If you leave your email address, the Excel team may reach out to you if they have follow-up questions.

Previous updates

To see release notes for earlier Insider builds, click in the list below. To see a history of updates for both the Insider and Monthly Channel (Targeted) levels, see Update history for Office Insider for Windows desktop.

On February 2, 2018 we released Version 1802 (Build 9026.2006) to our Insider audience.

New features

  • There are no new features to highlight this week.

Top fixes

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

Known issues

  • There are no known issues in this build. If you run into an issue, click File > Feedback and let us know. When reporting, it helps to be as specific as possible, and to include screen captures and diagnostic data, if you're comfortable with that. If you leave your email address, the Excel team may reach out to you if they have follow-up questions.

On January 27, 2018 we released Version 1802 (Build 9020.2003) to our Insider audience.

New features

  • There are no new features to highlight this week.

Top fixes

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

Known issues

  • There are no known issues in this build. If you run into an issue, click File > Feedback and let us know. When reporting, it helps to be as specific as possible, and to include screen captures and diagnostic data, if you're comfortable with that. If you leave your email address, the Excel team may reach out to you if they have follow-up questions.

On January 16, 2018 we released Version 1801 (Build 9001.2068) to our Insider audience.

New features

  • There are no new features to highlight this week.


Top fixes

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

Known issues

  • There are no known issues in this build. When reporting, it helps to be as specific as possible, and to include screen captures and diagnostic data, if you're comfortable with that. If you leave your email address, the Excel team may reach out to you if they have follow-up questions.

On December 20, 2017, we released version 1801 (Build 8911.2016) to Insiders.

New features

  • Excel Insights (Preview): Powered by machine learning, Insights helps identify trends, outliers, and other useful visualizations. Simply click a cell in a data range, and then click Insert > Insights

    Availability: We're rolling out the Insights feature gradually to Office 365 subscribers enrolled in the Insider level. If you don't see the Insights button right away, don't panic! We'll be lighting it up to more of you in the coming weeks. Because this feature is powered by machine learning, it will provide increasingly advanced analysis as usage of the feature grows.

  • Insights Screenshot_C3_20171113143838 Deselect a selection in Excel: By popular request, you can now deselect any cells within the selected range with the Deselect Tool. Pressing the Ctrl key, if you hover over any cell in a selected range, you can click, or click-and-drag to deselect any cells or ranges within a selection. Please try out this feature and see how it's working for you. Any issues, let us know.

  • In the File > Account screen, the version and build number has moved. Look for it next to the About <app> button. (This shows it in PowerPoint, but you get the idea.)

    Version and build number next to About PowerPoint button_C3_20171111104233

Key fixes

  • This build contains stabilization and performance improvements.

Known issues

There are no known issues in this build. If you run into an issue, click File > Feedback and let us know. When reporting, it helps to be as specific as possible, and to include screen captures and diagnostic data, if you're comfortable with that. If you leave your email address, the Excel team may reach out to you if they have follow-up questions.

On December 4, 2017 we released version 1711 (Build 8730.2122) to our Insider audience. 

New or improved Features

Chat with co-authors while you edit: Collaborate more effectively by chatting with co-authors without leaving the app. To get started, look for the chat icon on the coauthoring gallery near the top right of the screen.

Chat icon in Word ribbon_C3_2017119131743  

In-app chat only works if you have shared the file with others and they have the document open. In addition, the file must be stored on on either SharePoint or OneDrive for Business. OneDrive Consumer, or any other storage location, is not currently supported.

Key fixes

  • General stabilization and performance improvements

Known issues

No known issues in this build.

On December 4, 2017 we released Version 1711 (Build 8730.2117) to our Insider audience.

On November 30, 2017 we released Version 1711 (Build 8730.2102) to our Insider audience.

On November 20, 2017 we released Version 1712 (Build 8813.1000) to our Insider audience. However, we found a significant issue in 8813.1000 so we made the decision to release an earlier, more stable build.

On September 19, 2017 we released Version 1710 (Build 8613.1000) to our Insider audience.

On September 11, 2017 we released Version 1710 (Build 8530.1000) to our Insider audience.

Additional information

Expand your skills
Explore training
Get new features first
Join Office Insiders

Was this information helpful?

Thank you for your feedback!

Thank you for your feedback! It sounds like it might be helpful to connect you to one of our Office support agents.

×