As an Office 365 subscriber, you regularly get new and improved Office 2016 features. Take a look below to see what's available to you today.
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See what's new and improved in the April 2017 feature update, Version 1704 (Build 8067.2115).
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Insert recent links
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See what's new and improved in the March 2017 feature update, Version 1703 (Build 7967.2139)
QuickStarter gives you research ideas and design suggestions for a presentation on a subject of your choosing. Just choose the QuickStarter template from File > New, and specify the subject you want to study.
Make your images more accessible
PowerPoint automatically generates alt text for photographs when you add them to slides. (PowerPoint doesn't generate alt text for drawn images, such as clip art, diagrams, or icons.) For more information, see Add alt text to images.
Introducing Dubai Font
Try the latest high-quality font family, optimized for legibility, and supporting Arabic and Western European languages.
See what's new and improved in the January 2017 feature update, Version 1701 (Build 7766.2060).
Easier background removal
We've made it easier to remove and edit the background of a picture. PowerPoint automatically detects the general background area; you no longer have to draw a rectangle around the foreground of your picture. The pencil for marking areas to keep or remove can now draw free-form lines, rather than being limited to straight lines. For more information, see Remove the background of a picture.
You can now also draw free-form lines using the pencil for marking areas to keep or remove—no more being limited to drawing just straight lines.
A straightedge for drawing straight lines
On devices that have touch screens, you can use the Ruler on the Draw tab of the ribbon to draw straight lines or to align a set of objects. The Ruler pivots to any position you want: horizontal, vertical, or anything in between: it has a degrees setting so that you can set it at a precise angle, if necessary.
See what's new and improved in the December 2016 feature update, Version 1612 (Build 7668.2066).
View and restore changes in shared files
Office 2016 automatically saves versions of your SharePoint, OneDrive and OneDrive for Business files while you’re working on them. These versions allow you to look back and understand how your PowerPoint files evolved over time and allow you to restore older versions in case you have made a mistake.
Closed captions, subtitles, and multiple audio tracks
PowerPoint supports the playback of video with multiple audio tracks. It also supports closed captions and subtitles that are embedded in video files.
See what's new and improved in the November 2016 feature update, Version 1611 (Build 7571.2072).
Edit with others in real time
Office Insiders who have an Office 365 subscription can use real-time collaboration with auto-save. This feature allows you to see what other users are doing (such as typing words) while they are doing it.
Segment Eraser for ink drawings
Segment Eraser allows for precise control when you are tidying up an ink drawing. It erases ink back to where it intersects with another line.
Use a digital pen to select and change ink objects
With a digital pen in hand, you can switch between inking mode and selection mode without needing to tap the selection tool on the ribbon. Use the pen to select an ink object.
See what's new and improved in the October 2016 feature update, Version 1610 (Build 7466.2038).
Shared with Me
The Shared with Me view lets you see the files others have shared with you. After you’re invited into the presentation, that presentation will automatically appear in the Shared with Me list.
You can insert and edit scalable vector graphic (SVG) images in presentations to create sharp, well-designed content. SVG images can be re-colored, and they don't lose any quality if they are zoomed or resized.
See what's new and improved in the September 2016 feature update, Version 1609 (Build 7369.2024).
Design ideas for process-oriented text
PowerPoint notices when you write a bulleted process list on a slide, and it reacts by offering to turn your text into a SmartArt graphic to represent that process.
Better presentation recording
The look and feel of presentation recording in PowerPoint is changing to an even better experience than it was before. You can use the Recording tab to create a presentation that includes recorded slides, screen recordings, narrations and audio, and videos. You can even embed quizzes and other apps in your presentation to make it more interactive for your audience.
You can also now change the ink color right from the palette in the recording pane, as well as use simpler controls to record narrations and audio.
You can replay ink drawings on a slide. Play them forward or backward. This special effect allows you to hide and reveal content on your slides or emphasize individual elements in a group or series. You can see the order in which ink was drawn, pause the replay, and select the point to start the replay from.
Have a comment or suggestion about Microsoft Office? We need your feedback to help us deliver great products. In PowerPoint, you can suggest new features, tell us what you like or what's not working by clicking File > Feedback.
See what's new and improved in the August 2016 feature update, Version 1608 (Build 7341.2032).
Modern, In-App Help and Support
Now, when you enter a search for a certain task, function, or question where it says Tell me what you want to do, you'll see a wide variety of options. If it's a quick task, PowerPoint will try to let you take care of it right from the Tell Me pane. If it's a more complex question, we'll show you help that we think best matches your needs. Try it out to see how fast you can find what you're looking for and get things done.
See what's new and improved in the July 2016 feature update, Version 1607 (Build 7167.2040).
Zoom for PowerPoint
If you'd like to make your presentations more dynamic and exciting, try using Zoom for PowerPoint. When you create a Zoom in PowerPoint, you can jump to and from specific slides, sections, and portions of your presentation in an order you decide while you're presenting. There are three kinds of Zooms you can create: Summary Zooms, Slide Zooms, and Section Zooms.
See what's new and improved in the June 2016 feature update.
PowerPoint now has a Text Highlighter similar to the one in Word, by popular demand! You can use it to pick different highlight colors to emphasize certain portions of the text in your presentations.
See what's new and improved in the April 2016 feature update, Version 1604 (Build 6868.2062).
Collaboration in PowerPoint 2016 is better than before. You can still share your PowerPoint 2016 presentation with others and work together in real time by using OneDrive or SharePoint. Now when you open your shared presentation, in a glance you can see who is working within the document and where. You can chat with them instantly by using Skype for Business and can view document activity, all from the top-right corner on the ribbon.
The new Activity pane lets you see the complete list of changes made so far, and gives you access to the earlier versions. Choose Activity on the ribbon to see the Activity pane.
Now with one click on the ribbon you can make or view comments in your presentation. With enhanced collaboration, it's easier to reply to or resolve comments and mark them as complete.
See what's new and improved in the January 2016 feature update, Version 1601 (Build 6568.2025).
Collaboration is getting better and better in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows. When you share your presentation with others using OneDrive or Office 365 SharePoint, you can work together in real time. You can now not only see when others are working on the same shared presentation as you, but also see an indicator that shows you exactly what slides they're working on, and where in the slides they're working.
On touch-enabled devices, you'll now see a Draw tab on the ribbon in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint where you can select inking styles and start making ink annotations directly in your files. In PowerPoint, you can also convert your ink drawings to Shapes by selecting them and then selecting Convert to Shapes. That way, you get the freedom of freeform drawing with the uniformity and standardization of Office graphic shapes.
The highest-contrast Office theme yet has arrived. To change your Office theme, go to File > Account, and then click the drop down menu next to Office Theme. The theme you choose will be applied across all your Office apps.
See what's new and improved in the November 2015 feature update, Version 1511 (Build 6366.2036).
PowerPoint 2016 comes with a brand-new transition type, Morph, that can help you make smooth animations, transitions, and object movements across the slides in your presentation. To use the morph transition effectively, you'll need to have two slides with at least one object in common—the easiest way is to duplicate the slide and then move the object on the second slide to a different place, or copy and paste the object from one slide and add it to the next. Then, with the second slide selected, go to Transitions > Morph to see how morph can automatically animate, move, and emphasize your objects across slides.
PowerPoint Designer is a new service that lets you take your content and automatically generate a variety of ideas that you can choose from to make your slides look better. When you add a photo or other unique visual content, the Designer pane will open automatically with a variety of suggested visual treatments you can choose to apply to your slides. Try adding a photo to a title slide to give it a try.
See what's new and improved in the September 2015 feature update, Version 1509 (Build 4229.1024).
Do things quickly with Tell Me
You'll notice a text box on the ribbon in PowerPoint 2016 that says Tell me what you want to do. This is a text field where you can enter words and phrases related to what you want to do next and quickly get to features you want to use or actions you want to perform. You also can choose to get help related to what you're looking for, or perform a Smart Lookup on the term you entered.
Six new chart types
Visualizations are critical to effective data analysis as well as compelling storytelling. In PowerPoint 2016, we've added six new charts—with the same rich formatting options that you are familiar with—to help you create some of the most commonly used data visualizations of financial or hierarchal information or for revealing statistical properties in your data.
When you go to Insert > Chart on the ribbon, you'll now notice five new options that are especially well-suited for data visualization: Box and Whisker, Treemap, Sunburst, Histogram, (and within Histogram options, Pareto), and Waterfall.
Insights into what you're working on
The Insights pane, powered by Bing, offers more than just definitions. When you select a word or phrase, right-click it, and choose Smart Lookup, the insights pane will open with definitions, Wiki articles, and top related searches from the web. You can also get to Smart Lookup any time by going to Review > Smart Lookup and entering a query there.
Including math equations has gotten much easier. Now, you can go to Insert > Equation > Ink Equation, any time you want to include a complex math equation in your presentation. If you have a touch device, you can use your finger or a touch stylus to write math equations by hand, and PowerPoint will convert it to text. (If you don't have a touch device, you can use a mouse to write, too). You can also erase and select and correct what you've written as you go.
Perfect for demonstrations, you can now include screen recordings in your PowerPoint presentations with just a few clicks. Just set up whatever you'd like to record on your screen, then go to Insert > Screen recording, and you'll be able to select a portion of your screen to record, capture what you need, and insert it directly into your presentation in one seamless process.
Choose the Share tab on the ribbon to share your presentation with others on SharePoint, OneDrive, or OneDrive for Business.
Better conflict resolution
Now, when you're collaborating with others on a presentation and there are conflicts between changes you've made and changes others have made, you'll see a side-by-side comparison of the slides with conflicting changes, so you can easily choose visually between which changes you'd like to keep.
Improved version history
Now you can go to File > History to see a complete list of changes that have been made to your presentation and access earlier versions. (This feature is only supported for files stored on OneDrive for Business or SharePoint.)
Colorful, Dark Gray, and White Office Themes
There are now four Office themes that you can apply to PowerPoint: Colorful, Dark Gray, Black, and White. To access these themes, go to File > Account, and then click the drop down menu next to Office Theme.
Better video resolution
Now, when you export your presentation as a video, you can choose to create a file with resolution as high as 1920 x 1080, which is great for presentations on larger screens.
(This feature is also available in PowerPoint 2013 if you have the most recent updates.)
Improved Smart Guides
Smart Guides no longer turn off when you insert a table. Now you can use them to make sure everything, tables included, is aligned properly on your slides.
(This feature is also available in PowerPoint 2013 if you have the most recent updates.)
Quick Shape Formatting
This feature increases the number of default shape styles by introducing new “preset” styles with theme colors to quickly get the look you want.
Latest updates for PowerPoint Insiders
Keep reading to see what's new in Version 1705 (Build 8201.xxxx) for Insider Slow then tell us what you think. Your early feedback is invaluable, so keep it coming!
Closed captions for video and video narrations
You can add closed captions to open up your presentation to a larger audience, such as people with hearing disabilities or those who speak languages other than the one in your video.
In Normal view, in the thumbnail pane on the left, slides that have been modified by others while you were away are highlighted in green. Select a slide to see more information about the change. The area of the slide that was change is enclosed in a green box, and a notation tells you who made the change, and when. (The highlighting and notation disappear after you have looked at the slide.)
Quickly access your sites and groups
Use the File menu to work with documents stored in your frequently used sites and groups.
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We'd love to hear your thoughts about what works, what doesn't, and where you think we can improve. To report issues or send feedback, click File > Feedback from any Office 2016 app. You can also reach us by posting in the Office Insider community or tweeting at @OfficeInsider.