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 10904.20005). Microsoft has also posted the release notes for all office apps.

In terms of changes, the latest insider build brings new features in Outlook and Access, as well as a host of fixes!

You can read the changelog for individual office apps below.


September 14, 2018 Version 1810 (build 10904.20005)

What’s new

OutlookStop seeing reminders for past events in Outlook

Now, you can set your calendar to automatically dismiss reminders for events after they’ve ended. When you’ve been away from your desk for a few hours, or when you’ve been out of the office for a week, the Reminders dialog in Outlook shows lots of old meetings that happened in the past. This new option lets you keep the Reminders dialog clear of meetings in the past that you no longer need to be reminded about. (Some users like to keep old meeting in their Reminders dialog to remember to send notes or take other follow-up actions, so we’ve made this an option to continue supporting that workflow.)

Getting Started

  • From Outlook: File > Options > Advanced. Find the “Reminders” section on this dialog.
  • Check the option to “Automatically dismiss reminders for past calendar events”.

Scenarios to try

Use Reminders as usual; observe whether the reduction of noise in the Reminders dialog has any impact on your workflow or focus.


AccessBlack and Dark Gray themes support

There are now four Office themes that you can apply to Access: Colorful, Dark Gray, Black, and White. To access these themes, go to File > Account, and then click the drop down menu next to Office Theme.

Getting Started

To access these themes, go to File > Account, and then click the drop down menu next to Office Theme.

Dark Theme

Notable fixes

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

  • We fixed a lock issue with co-authoring
  • Various performance and stability fixes
  • Various performance and stability fixes
  • We fixed an issue with on-prem calendar sharing invitations
  • We fixed a syncing issue with new email
  • We fixed an issue with copying calendar items
  • We fixed a scaling issue with opening additional mailboxes on Surface Book
  • We fixed an issue where continuous forms could not scroll to the last item
  • We increased the timeout value for SharePoint List client
  • Various performance and stability fixes