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January update now rolling out to Office Insiders on desktop

A new Office Insider build is rolling out to members on the Slow ring, bringing a few new features for Office 365 users to check out in the Office 2016 apps. Though this is labeled the January Office Insider update, it's actually the second update to land this month after what was labeled the December update hit earlier in January.

Here's a look at what's new (opens in new tab) (via Neowin) in version 1701 (Build 7766.2039):

  • Collaborate on attachments in real time: Uploading email attachments to OneDrive lets everyone work on the latest version of the file. Use the drop-down menu on the attachment to either upload a revised version or save a new version. For more information, see Attach a file to an email in Outlook for Windows.
  • Use your pen to manipulate objects: In Word, grab object handles with the Surface pen to resize, rotate, move, and more. Find out how.
  • Visio add-in for Database Modeling: Now available for download, the Visio Add-In for Database Modeling add-in helps while planning the creation of a new database or understanding an existing one. Download the add-in now or learn to reverse engineer an existing database into a database model.
  • New education templates and diagrams: Students and teachers can use new templates and sample diagrams that cover many subjects, including algebra, chemistry, physics, and more.

If you're a part of the Office Insider program, you should be able to go ahead and grab the update for the latest build now by heading to File > Account > Update Options > Update Now.

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  • This fixes an issue where new Windows 10 1607 user accounts wouldn't work after upgrading to version 1612 of Office 2016 because of the Explorer crashing endlessly.