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Office for Windows (beta) update introduces ‘modern comments’ in Word, saving Outlook settings in the cloud and more; Changelog

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Office for Windows is receiving an update in the Windows Beta Channel of the Office Insider Program.

Version 2101 (Build 13604.20000) is available for download and introduces modern commenting experience in Microsoft Word as well as the ability to store/retrieve settings from the cloud in Microsoft Outlook.

Changelog

Word 

Better collaboration with modern comments 

Add comments to objects, @mention colleagues, and resolve comment threads for a better collaboration experience. The Comments pane is part of our effort to bring consistency to the reviewing experience and facilitate collaboration across Office apps and platforms. 

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Notable fixes

  • We fixed a bug around deleting modern comments in a content control that is marked as not editable. 

Outlook 

Your Outlook settings in the cloud 

Choose your Outlook for Windows settings like Automatic Replies, Focused Inbox, and Privacy, and get to them on any PC. Outlook will now store/retrieve settings from the cloud, so when you set up a new Windows device, your settings will be loaded automatically based on your Office identity. 

Notable fixes

  • We fixed an issue that caused plain text S/MIME messages to become garbled when sending. 

Excel 

Notable fixes

  • We fixed an issue with switching separators after a Selection.Parent.Copy call. 
  • We fixed an issue where Excel would incorrectly show a message bar that a new version of the file is available and force the user to save their changes in a copy of the workbook or discard their changes. 

PowerPoint  

Notable fixes

  • We fixed an issue with looping background videos playing back in Slide Show. 
  • We fixed an issue where font size command, added in QAT, auto completes to the nearest defined font size while updating it. 
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