Microsoft rolls out new Office Insider Fast build to Windows users

Microsoft has some news for members of the Office Insider Fast ring today, at least those using the suite on a Windows PC. The company is rolling out build 11504.20000 with a couple of additions to the Office apps.

This update brings a small improvement for users concerned with accessibility, something Microsoft has been very invested in as of late. Now, Excel and PowerPoint will both have a persistent accessibility checker which will sit in the status bar, notifying users about ways they can make documents more inclusive when necessary. Launching the accessibility checker should turn on this feature automatically, but you can choose to have it running in the background or not from the settings.

Access is also getting some love with an improved Zoom dialog box, which will now remember your settings when you resize it to make it easier to edit text. This means that you preferred settings will be available next time you use the feature.

There aren't any other major additions, but there's a number of bug fixes with this release too. Here's what's been addressed:

Word

  • We fixed an issue in Word where images in a document saved as a PDF would have the incorrect DPI.

Excel

  • Various performance and stability fixes

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue in PowerPoint where the comments pane would not open or close properly.
  • We fixed an issue in PowerPoint where the application could crash when deleting a video.
  • We fixed an issue in PowerPoint where in some instances the application would fail to launch.

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue in Outlook where read receipts were incorrect when viewed in Japanese.

Access

  • We fixed the error message in Access where an extra shortcut to Access was created.

Project

  • Various performance and stability fixes

If you're a Windows user and you're enrolled in the Windows Insider Fast ring, this build should be available when you look for updates. It's part of the 1904 update, which should be publicly available in April, as the name suggests.

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