Changes to Slow/Fast level names for Office Insider for Windows desktop

Last updated: September 14, 2017

In September 2017, we simplified the release cadence for Office 365 for business and changed the names of our existing update channels to be more descriptive. As part of this effort, the name of the Office Insider levels have changed. The Insider Fast level name is now called Insider and the Insider Slow level name is called Monthly Channel (Targeted).

Do I need to do anything?

No, you don't.

  • If you were getting Fast or Slow level updates, you'll continue to receive these updates as usual, on the same schedule. The only change is to the name of the levels. 

  • If you're an Office 365 admin using the Office Deployment Tool to install Fast builds for yourself or your end users, you don't need to update your configuration.xml file to reflect the new names. The old InsiderSlow and InsiderFast values used by the Channel attribute (part of the Add value) will continue to work.

If you’re on the Fast level, you’ll now see the Insider name in the app.

Join Office Insider dialog box with Insider level option

If you’re on the Slow level, you'll now see Monthly Channel (Targeted).

Join Office Insider dialog box with Monthly Channel (Targeted) level option

New names for Office for Windows desktop update channels

Here's the full list of new names for the Office 365 update channels, starting with Insider, the first publicly available update.

New Name

Old Name

Purpose

Applies to

Release Frequency

Insider

Insider Fast

Frequent updates containing features in development

Office 365 for home

Office 365 for business

Weekly

Monthly Channel (Targeted)

Insider Slow (Office 365 for home)

First Release for Current Channel (Office 365 for business)

Preview of Monthly Channel update

Office 365 for home

Office 365 for business

Monthly

Monthly Channel

Current Channel

Monthly updates with the latest features

Office 365 for home

Office 365 for business

Monthly

Semi-annual Channel (Targeted)

First Release for Deferred Channel

Preview of Semi-annual Channel update

Office 365 for business only

Twice a year, in March and September

Semi-annual Channel

Deferred Channel

Accumulation of features that have shipped in prior Monthly Channel updates

Office 365 for business only

Twice a year, in January and July

The following table contains a list of significant changes made to this article.

Date

Description

September 14, 2017

Updated article to reflect that the level names have officially changed. 

August 13, 2017

Added confirmation that Office 365 admins who use a configuration.xml file to install Insider builds do not need to update that file. Existing names for the Channel attribute (part of the Add value) will not change.

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