New Office Insider Preview for Windows desktop brings "top-requested features" to Slow ring

Microsoft has announced the rollout of a new preview build for Office Insiders in the Slow ring. The new build is aimed at Office 2016 users on Windows PCs.

Microsoft said that the new preview, Version 1708 (build 8431.2046), includes the "top-requested features" of Office 2016 users on Windows PCs. According to its release notes, here's what's included in the new build:

Chat with co-authors while you edit
New in Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Collaborate more effectively by chatting with co-authors without leaving the app. Learn more

New ink effects
New in Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Express your ideas with flair using metallic pens and ink effects like rainbow, galaxy, lava, ocean, gold, silver, and more.

Work faster, get more done
New in Excel

Bring on those complex workbooks with multiple sheets. Excel opens faster so you can crunch formulas with large ranges, filter lots of rows, or copy and paste faster.

Quick access to attachments
New in Word and PowerPoint

Ever struggled to find a file that was sent to you as an attachment? Worry no more! Just click File > Open> Shared with me. Learn more

Info about people and groups – at a glance
New in Outlook

Profile cards show you the most relevant details, whether you're on the desktop, the web, or using a mobile app.

Add an appointment to a group calendar
New in Outlook

Now you can let everyone in your group known when you'll be away without sending a meeting in email.

More accessible than ever
New in Outlook

We've made it easier to read and edit text, tables, lists and images in email when you're using a screen reader.

Improved smart quotes
New in Word

You asked for it! Smart quotes are now smarter after em dashes (—). Learn more

Manage a task in Planner
New in Project

Link a Project task to Planner plans, allowing you to break the tasks into subtasks, add a team, assign tasks, and manage the work on the Planner board.

Link or import data from Salesforce
New in Access

You can now link to or import data from Salesforce, which is a customer resource management (CRM), cloud-based business solution. Learn more

Link or import data from Dynamics 365
New in Access

We've also now added the ability to link to or import data from Dynamics 365, which is a customer resource management (CRM), cloud-based business solution. Learn more

Not just on your Desktop anymore
New in Visio

Visio Online is a new way to create and edit your diagrams right in your favorite browser. Learn more

Microsoft aims to release new Office Insider Previews to the Slow ring "approximately once a month", ahead of their general rollout to those not on its Insider Program.

Source: @OfficeInsider

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