Slow Ring Office Insiders get a September release

Microsoft has released yesterday the September feature update for Office 2016 for Windows to Office Insiders on the Slow Ring. The update brings several new features to Office Insiders such as Ink Replay and Better Recordings in Powerpoint, improved accessibility in Outlook and new data transformation capabilites in Excel.

Here is the full changelog of the Office apps version 16.0.7369.2017:

  • Ink replay: To understand what’s behind the ink you see on a PowerPoint slide, click Draw > Ink Replay to rewind and replay the ink strokes. You can use this feature to follow a sequence of handwritten notes and drawings, review step-by-step instructions, or see the order in which somebody else marked up the slide.
  • Better recordings: In PowerPoint, you can add a Recording tab to the ribbon, create a presentation made up of recorded slides, screen recordings, and inserted video, and then share that recorded content to be viewed remotely on Docs.com. You can also embed quizzes to assist with remote learning and make your presentation more interactive, as well as change the ink color right from the palette in the recording pane. To learn more, see Record your slide show in PowerPoint.
  • Accessibility built right in: In Outlook, we’ve improved keyboard and assistive technology experiences for reading email, scheduling meetings, and adding a signature.
  • New data transformations and connectivity enhancements: In Excel, add parameters to your queries, or create new queries from Merge or Append operations. You can also use the Web connector to preview web pages.
  • We’re listening: In any Office 2016 app, click File > Feedback to tell us what you like or don’t like, or to suggest new features.

If you’re already an Office Insider on the Slow Ring, you can get the updated apps by clicking on File > Account > Update Options > Update Now from any Office app. If you want to join the Office Insider program, we invite you to read our previous walkthrough article. Be aware that you’ll need to be an Office 365 subscriber to test the preview versions of the Office apps on a Windows PC.

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