Office Insiders

Microsoft has pushed a new office insider (Fast Ring) update for Windows Desktop. The update takes the version of office apps Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook to Version 1810 (build 10910.20007). Microsoft has also posted the release notes for all office apps.

In terms of changes, the latest insider build brings Picture transparency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, & Outlook and more.

You can read the changelog for individual office apps below.


What’s new

PowerPoint, Word,
Excel, and Outlook
Ability to change the transparency level of pictures on Win32
We now offer the ability for users to choose how transparent they would like their pictures to be in Office. This feature allows users to show what is behind an image giving greater control when making edits to picture in their Office documents.

Getting Started:

1.      1) Insert a picture in an Office document

2.      2) Click on the Picture Tools Format tab in the ribbon

Scenarios to Try:

Click on the Transparency icon in the ribbon and play around with some of our preselected values.

Try out the transparency slider to get more precise control by either clicking the “Picture Transparency Options…” button in the ribbon or the “Format Picture” option in the right click menu.


This feature is designed to only work for one picture at a time.

Notable fixes

In the table below, you’ll find key fixes in the latest Insider build.

  • We fixed a crashing issue that occurred while inking in Word
  • We fixed an issue with using IME in modern comment editbox
  • We fixed an auto recovery issue that occurred after a session unlock
  • We fixed an issue where external links within PowerPoint were broken when saving to cloud
  • Various performance and stability fixes
  • Various performance and stability fixes
  • Various performance and stability fixes