Microsoft Is Updating Office Desktop on Windows With New Features for Insiders

Microsoft has released a new update for Office Insiders in both Fast and Slow channels. The latest preview build of Office desktop app comes with new features, improvements, and as well as fixes.

The September feature update for Office Fast Insider pushes the version number to build 10904.20005 and includes new features for Outlook. There are no new features for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in this release.

What’s new in Version 1810 (build 10904.20005) of Office desktop

The Build 10904.20005 for Office desktop does introduce a new functionality that could come in handy. According to the changelog, Microsoft is adding a new feature that would let you set your calendar to automatically dismiss reminders for events after they’ve ended. There’s another useful feature aimed at professionals that would let you keep the Reminders dialog clear of meetings.


Here’s how you can enable this feature in Office app:

The update addresses the following issues in Outlook:

  • Microsoft has deployed a fix to address the issue with on-prem calendar sharing invitations

  • Microsoft has finally addressed the syncing issue with new email

  • The update has also fixed an issue with copying calendar items and scaling issue with opening additional mailboxes on Surface Book

Microsoft Access is getting support for Black and Dark Gray themes. There are now four themes (Colorful, Dark Gray, Black, and White) that you can now apply to Access.

What’s new in Version 1809 (Build 10827.20084) of Office desktop

Build 10827.20084 of Office desktop is available for Slow Ring Insiders. According to the changelog shared by Microsoft, the latest update comes with the following improvements.

  • Word and PowerPoint: Use @mentions in comments to let co-workers know you need their input.
  • PowerPoint: Microsoft is finally adding a built-in tool to PowerPoint that would provide grammar and writing suggestions.
  • Outlook: You can now easily add and Gmail accounts that use 2-factor authentication to Outlook app. Another new feature in Outlook will take care of spelling errors. The app will also show recommendations for attendees to add when you schedule a meeting.

If you’re interested, you can learn more about the Office Insider program here.

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