Release notes for Insider Slow builds of Office 2016 for Mac

This article contains a compilation of the top changes in the latest Insider Slow build for Office 2016 for Mac. To set expectations, this isn't a comprehensive list of every 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. 

Release notes

On December 11, 2017, we released Version 16.8 (Build 17121002), a preview of our December feature update for Office 2016 for Mac. 

New features

To see new features in this release, see What's new for Office Insiders.

Key fixes

  • There are no fixes to highlight this week. 

Known issues

Version 16.8 contains the following known issues: 

  • If you use the EndNote add-in in Word 16.x Insider Fast builds, the EndNote team is aware of a compatibility issue and working on a resolution. Find more information, see EndNote: Word 2016 Mac Version 16 compatibility.

  • If you use the Mendeley add-in in Word, you may see the following message appear when opening a Word document:

Error Message_C3_2017101715537

  • Mendeley is aware of the compatibility issue and investigating a fix. For more information, visit the Mendeley Support Center.

Previous updates

We track Insider Fast and Insider Slow builds as they release in the Update history for Office Insider for Mac article. If you want additional detail about older Slow builds, you can find it below.

On December 5, 2017, we released Version 16.8 (Build 17120501), a preview of our December feature update for Office 2016 for Mac. Version 16.8 is a major update, and we're excited to share it with you!

New features

To see new features in this release, see What's new for Office Insiders.

Key fixes

  • Fixes an issue where, if you're part of an organization that uses a Kerberos-based web proxy server, you may see several prompts requesting a username and password when starting Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 

Known issues

Version 16.8 (Build 17120501) contains the following issue: 

  • If you use the Mendeley add-in, you may see the following error appear when opening a Word document:

Error Message_C3_2017101715537

  • Mendeley is aware of the compatibility issue and investigating a fix. For more information, visit the Mendeley Support Center.

  • If you use the EndNote add-in in Word 16.x Insider Slow builds, the EndNote team is aware of a compatibility issue and working on a resolution. Find more information here.

On November 29, 2017, we released Version 16.8 (Build 17112902) to Office Insiders enrolled in the Slow level. A preview of our December feature update, this build represents a significant update for Office for Mac customers, and it includes many long-awaited improvements and features. In addition to new features, we've updated the architecture of the product. Initially, you may see a few more issues than usual, so please send feedback if you encounter any problems. 

New features & announcements

The following features are available to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint subscribers:

  • Real-time co-authoring for OneDrive and SharePoint files.

  • AutoSave in Excel. Changes are automatically saved as you work, and when you co-author with others, you can see their changes as they work.

  • A new Share menu makes it easier to share files that are stored on OneDrive for Business or SharePoint.

  • PowerPoint QuickStarter is now on Mac! Powered by the Bing Knowledge graph, QuickStarter reinvents the deck creation process by building a presentation outline to help you get started researching a topic of your choosing.

  • New and modern chart types: Say hello to Waterfall, Funnel, Histogram, Pareto, Box & Whisker, Treemap, and Sunburst, six powerful charts that help you quickly visualize common financial, statistical, and hierarchical data.

The following feature is available to everyone:

  • We’ve updated Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Some additional methods, properties, objects, and enums available to Windows Office users will now work on Mac as well. There are still differences between the Mac and Windows Object Model, so you will still see “not supported on this platform” for some elements. More details on the Object Model changes will be available soon.

Key fixes

In the future, look here for fixes to the issues you've reported!

Known issues

Version 16.8 (Build 17112902) contains the following issues.

  • If you're part of an organization that uses a Kerberos-based web proxy server, you may see several prompts requesting a username and password when starting Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. This issue is under investigation.

  • If you use the Mendeley add-in, you may see the following error appear when opening a Word document:

  • Error Message_C3_2017101715537

    Mendeley is aware of the compatibility issue and investigating a fix. For more information, visit the Mendeley Support Center.

Tell us what you think!

  • In Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or OneNote, you can report issues or makes suggestions by using the feedback tool in the upper-right corner of your app.

    Send feedback

  • In Outlook, click Help > Contact Support to report an issue.

    Help menu with Contact Support option

    To make a suggestion, click Help > Suggest a Feature instead.

  • To check if you're on the latest Insider Slow build of Office 2016 for Mac, see Update history for Office Insider for Mac.

  • To connect with other Insiders, visit the Office Insider community or follow us on Twitter.

  • If you're not yet an Office Insider and want to become one, click Help > Check for Updates > Join the Office Insider program to get early access to new releases.

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