New Office Insider Slow build rolling out on Windows desktop

Office Insiders on the Slow ring are being treated to a set of new features to check out on Windows desktop, courtesy of a fresh build that is now rolling out. While there's nothing new to see in Word, Microsoft has highlighted some handy new features headed to Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Here's what's new in version 1705 (Build 8201.xxxx) on Windows desktop:

  • Excel: Enhanced data import functionality - Easily import and shape data from various sources. Manage workbook queries and connection with the Queries & Connection side pane, and share queries with others via ODC files.
  • Excel: Keep the copy - Copy your cells and , before you paste, you can still do other tasks like typing or inserting cells.
  • Excel: New data transformation: Add Column From Examples - In the Query Editor, create a new column by providing sample values. As you type, Excel detects the required transformations and shows a preview of the new column.
  • Outlook: Improved attachment options - When attaching files to an email, you can more easily select whether to add it as a cloud file or as a traditional attachment.
  • Outlook: Quickly access the groups you use the most - Groups you're most likely to interact with now appear at the top of the list.
  • PowerPoint: Closed captions for video: - Add closed captions to a video to make it accessible.

If you're already an Office Insider and Office 365 subscriber, you can check out the latest Office Insider Slow features by heading to File > Account > Update Options > Update Now in any one of the Office desktop apps.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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