Office Insider Fast Update for Mac Insiders

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Microsoft recently announced the release of its first Office Insider Fast build to Office 2016 for Mac Insiders. (Non-Mac users take note: Microsoft plans to release Inside Fast builds for other platforms in the coming months!)

What’s the difference between Insider Slow and Insider Fast?

  • Office Insider Slow: This is the option originally offered to Mac users. It’s ideal for those who want early access to fully supported Office 2016 for Mac builds, with minimal risk. Every month, Microsoft typically releases one, sometimes two, Insider Slow updates.
  • Office Insider Fast: This is a new option is for those who want to use the earliest builds possible to improve quality and influence features. Office Insider Fast is best suited for those who don’t mind the risks inherent in using unsupported builds. Microsoft aims to release Insider Fast builds to Mac Insiders on a weekly basis.

For more information, check out the official Office Fast Insider Update from Microsoft.

Office Insider Release Unveils Dark Theme

Office-2016-Black-Theme-1050x591 Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook now have a dark theme in latest Office 2016 Insider build

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The latest Office 2016 Insider build has revealed several new features including a dark theme in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. To activate dark mode, go into Options and under Office Theme, select Black.

Other updates includes new funnel charts in Excel and ink annotations in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. PowerPoint has been updated to provide information on what slide each person is working on during collaboration. Learn more from WinBeta.

Office Insider Program for Mac Users

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In November, Microsoft introduced Office Insider, a preview program for Office 365 consumer subscribers to get early access to the latest Office innovations. The program was initially launched for Windows desktop, Android, and Windows 10 mobile users. But now Mac users can also get early access to Office innovations! Opt-in to the Office Insider build from the Microsoft Auto Update (MAU) tool on your Mac. Learn more about Office Insider and how to get started on your Mac, and follow Officer Insider (@OfficeInsider) on Twitter to learn about new updates coming your way and to get Office Insider support from the Office team.

Become an Office Insider

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Office 365 subscribers can contribute feedback and make the next version of Office even better by becoming an Office Insider. To join, install the Office Insider build. You will get early access to the new Office innovations. Then tell you’ll have the opportunity to tell Microsoft what you think. You’ll also have the opportunity to connect with other members of the Office Insider community.

And Mac users, stay tuned – Microsoft will be adding Office Insider builds for Mac in the coming months!