Insider release notes for Office 2016 for Windows desktop

Last updated: May 18, 2018

This article contains release notes for Insider builds of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access and Project for Windows desktop. Every week, we’ll highlight interesting new features, important fixes, and any significant issues we want you to know about. Note that we often roll out features (and sometimes even fixes) over a period of time  to Insiders. This allows us to ensure that things are working smoothly before releasing the feature to a wider audience. So, if you don’t see something described below, not to worry. You'll get it eventually.  

May 18, 2018 Version 1806 (build 10211.20004)

What's new

App

Description

Project

Sprint management just got easier

Quickly add, update, or delete agile sprints.

  • Open a New Project

  • Go to Project Tab, click on "Agile". Select "Scrum" radio button. OK.

  • Hit Manage on the Scrum Tab that has now appeared on the Ribbon.

ManageSprints

Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • We fixed an issue where a date field added as a custom property to a documents information was occasionally incorrect

Excel

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

PowerPoint

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue in outlook calendar font settings when replying to a meeting request.

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

Shared across apps

  • We fixed an issue where trying to share a file whilst in safe mode could cause a crash (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

  • We fixed a licensing problem that could cause some users applications to crash on launch (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote)

Previous release notes

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

What's new

App

Description

All                  

Build Numbers: Microsoft Office is changing the format of the build numbers from four digits to five digits. For example, from Build 1234.5678 to Build 12345.67890. To find the build number, start an Office app, such as Word, and go to File > Account and look under the About section.


Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

Excel

  • We fixed an issue where Excel becomes unresponsive or crashes when printing a workbook with a lot of ActiveX controls.

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue where PowerPoint either reports an error or crashes when programmatically changing the Shape.Visible property.

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue where Outlook crashed when resending a digitally signed message.

Access

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

Project

  • We fixed regression where only tasks from the first summary task show up in the Add Existing Tasks to Timeline dialog.

  • We fixed an issue around filtering by Date fields through Autofilter

What's new

App

Description

Access

New charts to visualize data

If you’re designing forms and reports in Access, use Access’s new charts to modernize data visualization.

Try it out, and you’ll see that not only are you able to create visually appealing charts, but creating and editing experiences are user friendly and intuitive.

  • From the Design ribbon choose Insert Chart and select the chart type best matching your needs.

  • Use the Charts Settings Pane to bind the new chart to a data source and format the chart’s data series. Use the Property Sheet to set the chart’s properties and format the chart.

New Charts to Visualize Data

Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • We fixed an issue in track changes with table merge.

  • We fixed an issue with bulleted item font size when viewing in html.

  • We fixed a reliability issue in file open.

Outlook

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

Excel

  • Various performance and stability fixes.

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue where the presentation is opened in background, instead of foreground

  • We fixed an issue where an AutoSave notice would show, even when AutoSave is toggled off.

Shared across apps

We fixed an issue where pinned docs were not showing up pinned on the Home Page.  (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

What's new

App

Description

Outlook

  • Turn off forwarding for a meeting

    If you're organizing a meeting (and using Office 365), you can prevent attendees from forwarding your meeting to others. Click Response Options on the ribbon to try it out.

    Create a Meeting on an O365 calendar in Outlook.

    From the ribbon: Response Options > Allow Forwarding.  This option is checked by default; uncheck Allow Forwarding to prevent attendees from forwarding this meeting invitation.  

    Allow Forwarding option in Outlook
     

  • View three time zones at once

    Need to schedule a meeting across time zones? Add multiple time zones to your calendar to easily see the time that works for all.

    From Outlook: File > Options > Calendar. Find the "Time zones" section on this dialog. Check the option to "Show a third time zone" and choose the 3rd time zone of interest.

    Third Time Zone Option


Notable fixes

In the table below, you'll find key fixes in the latest Insider build. 

App

Description

Word

  • We fixed an issue on document close

  • We fixed an issue with the dictation button

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue where HTML draft became plain text on drag & drop

Excel

  • We fixed an issue in some languages where we were not respecting the users default font choice in our advanced application settings

  • Fixed an issue where templates were not showing on desktop start

PowerPoint

  • We resolved an issue where Recovery pane incorrectly appears when AutoSave is on

  • We resolved an issue where sign-in was not shown preventing users from accessing their file

Shared across apps

  • We fixed issue with text stretching within an EMF image when saving to PDF

  • We expanded a GPO that should hide OneDrive/SharePoint from the backstage to cover Visio, Project and OneNote

  • We fixed an issue where templates were not showing on desktop start or File> New (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)

What's New

App

Description

N/A

There are no new features to highlight this week.

Notable fixes

App

Description

Word

Fixed an issue where, when comparing documents containing tables, some users would see a table corruption error and missing text.

Excel  

Fixed issues with mouse-wheel scrolling so that users can move through workbooks using the mouse wheel when the workbook is not active.

PowerPoint

Fixed an issue that caused intermittent crashes when opening presentations from online locations.

Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Fixed an issue that caused a Server File Updated error to appear during the process of restoring an earlier version of a file saved in a legacy format, such as PPT, XLS, or DOC.

What's new

No new features this build

Notable fixes

App

Description

Word

  • Fixed issue with keyboard shortcuts incorrectly changing when regional settings change.

  • Fixed issue where inking comments may sometimes not work.

Known issues

No known issues this build.

How to reach the Insider team

  • We love Insider feedback! To report an issue in an Insider build, or to make a suggestion, click File > Feedback in any app. In Outlook, you can also click File > Support > Contact Support to report issues and work directly an Outlook support agent. Using this method allows us to collect troubleshooting information from you, so we can more quickly resolve Insider issues and get you unblocked. 

  • Connect with us (and with other Insiders) in the Office Insider community or by reaching out through Twitter.

  • Not yet an Office Insider? Want to become one? We'd love to have you join.

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