Microsoft Provides Early Access to Office 365 Updates

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The applications you use on your computers thrive on feedback from end users, because they point out mistakes developers have made as well as make recommendations that invariably end up in future updates.

The Microsoft Office Insider program has been designed to make that process more efficient by giving its customers access to new updates, in return for feedback that will improve the product. With Office 2016 now readily available, the first Office 365 updates are starting to roll out, and the company is encouraging Office 365 Home, Personal, and University subscribers to join the Office Insider.

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To improve the feedback process, Office has partnered with UserVoice, a software-as-a-service provider of product management and customer support tools, for any suggestions or ideas for Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access.

If you want to make your voice heard, you can visit the UserVoice product site for the application you want leave feedback for. You can also use the feedback option on Windows 10 and Android directly without leaving the application.

How to Join Office Insider

PC for Home Use

Go to the Additional Install Options page of My Account and sign in with your Office 365 subscription information.  Then, choose an Insider option from the version drop down menu, click Install, and follow the on-screen instructions. This will not require uninstalling Office 365, your platform will be automatically updated to the Microsoft Office Insider build.

PC for Business Use

Office 365 business and enterprise users can join First Release. This is an option that lets businesses and their users see the latest updates first. Administrators can choose the entire organization or select some individuals to get the updates early.

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For an Android device, join the Office Insider for Android community and then select the app you want to test, which is limited to Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Office Mobile on Windows 10

To become an Insider for Office Mobile, you can join the Windows Insider program.

What are the latest Updates in Office 2016 for Office 365?

In Word and PowerPoint

More Send As Options  lets you send a document as an attachment or PDF without having to leave your document from the Share pane.

In PowerPoint

Morph simplifies the way you express concepts and information by allowing you to create a seamless transitions between slides and bring motion to your presentations.

Designer enhances the visual impact of its most important content to provide a customized high-quality presentation. It also has a feature that learns as you use PowerPoint and makes recommendation tailored to your preference

In Excel

Calendar Insights Template lets you view your calendar as a dashboard with detailed information.

Financial Templates are two new templates that track what you earn, how much you spend as well as where you are spending your money. It also analyzes and compares the performance of stocks you have selected over time.

In OneNote

Insert Online Video lets you add online videos to provide interactive features to the content you create.

Currently, Microsoft Office Insider is only available for PC, but Microsoft announced Mac users will be able to participate in the coming months.

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Michael Guta Michael Guta is the Assistant Editor at Small Business Trends and currently manages its East African editorial team. Michael brings with him many years of content experience in the digital ecosystem covering a wide range of industries. He holds a B.S. in Information Communication Technology, with an emphasis in Technology Management.

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  1. I don’t know about users but I am loving the synchronization in Windows lately. I love how you can access everything on the cloud. I guess it is really useful for my business.

  2. Hi Aira,
    It is a great way to let Microsoft know what is working as well as what is not working. Most of the improvements come from customer feedback.

  3. Really, then this will help us to submit feedback effectively for any products or to ask any query. We can also apply it on our business to get customer review.

  4. It is good for every business to receive feedback and review from consumers or customers.It will help business firms to make products accordingly.