Excel and OneNote get some love in December Slow Ring updates for Office Mobile Insiders

Microsoft has detailed the changes Office Insiders can check out in the latest Slow ring Insider release of its Office Mobile apps. Coming along in the monthly batch of updates for December, you'll be able to check out some minor tweaks to Excel and OneNote that should delight users.

Here's a look at what's new (opens in new tab) for Office Insiders this month:

  • Lasso select now at your fingertips with Excel Mobile: Tap the Surface pen button to use Lasso Select on ink without visiting the ribbon.
  • Select and move objects with greater ease in Excel Mobile: Use your Surface pen to resize, rotate, move handles on objects and more.
  • Open more files with Excel Mobile: Now you can open files that contain form controls and Scenario Manager on your device.
  • Add multiple Microsoft accounts to OneNote: You can now add all of your favorite notebooks to OneNote, even if the notebooks were created by using different Microsoft accounts.
  • Undo easily with OneNote: Minds can change anytime! Use the undo button to rewrite and undo your note-taking history.

If you're part of the Office Insider Slow ring, you should be able to check out all of these improvements with updates to OneNote and Excel Mobile now. Also be sure to let us know what you think of the changes in the comments once you've had some time with them.

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  • Is OneNote ever going to get a ruler? It's been four months since the release of the Anniversary Update...
  • I agree. I was hoping the ruler that is in the ink workspace wouldn't be limited to the workspace and overlay on any app you are working in. I thought that was the original point behind the workspace though, too. I was super excited for the inking stuff and in general it has been a let down. Heck, Sticky Notes doesn't even close right yet.
  • You mean the Photos app?
  • Just read: "...in Excel Mobile: Use your Surface pen..." - :O does that infer surface pen actions on a mobile device???
  • Excel Mobile is an app on the Windows Store. Available for desktop, tablet and mobile
  • I wasn't aware that Excel Mobile is also available for desktop and tablet. That is interesting. Wonder what are all the differences between the various versions of Excel and Words on Mobile, Office 365, Office 2016 and Office Online. I can't find a complete list of differences on Microsoft's website or anywhere else.
  • On the store, it says that using Excel Mobile on desktop or tablet with screen larger than 10.1 inch requires Office 365 subscription. In that case, wouldn't we be using the full Office 365 Excel on desktop or tablet with screen lager than 10.1 inch? Surface 3 has screen size of 10.8 inch and Surface Pro has screen size of 12 inch. I do not understand this fully. In any case, the Surface Pen support is welcome.
  • What don't you understand, on screens larger than 10.1" you MUST have an Office 365 subscription. This gives you the option of using the Mobile or full desktop versions, I personally have both installed as it gives me the flexibility to use it on my Surface 3 as either a tablet with the Mobile versions or a "Laptop" with the full desktop versions.
  • Undo button.. Yes... Finally..
  • Agree, must needed option. Surprised this was not in place from the start
  • I love OneNote and use it all the time. Still waiting for MS to fix the ability to use shortcut keys to screenshot, which they broke with the release of Windows 10. Come on MS, I'm not asking for something new, I'm asking you to fix something you broke!