Office 2016 for Windows
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Microsoft is releasing a new Office Insider build for Windows Desktop users. The latest update comes with new features for all the Office suite apps. The update pushes the Windows desktop version to 11001.20038.

The update is a preview of the new features that will be rolled out to all Office apps in the coming weeks. Microsoft has introduced a new tool to reveal what’s behind a picture for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

“Put a picture on a slide, worksheet, document, or message, pick a pre-set, and watch the transparency change. That’s it!” Microsoft explains.

Microsoft is adding couple of new improvements to PowerPoint which comes with a new tool “Ink to Text”. The “Ink to Text” lets users to change handwritten ink to shapes or text. The new tool is being added to PowerPoint in pursuit of encouraging more users to use the pen for both Windows and Office.

New features have also been added for Outlook and Word in the preview update. First Outlook is getting some refinements such as people suggestions which are now part of the Schedule Assistant and you can also now reserve a conference room along with switching between the rooms within the apps.

Outlook also allows users to set calendar to automatically dismiss reminders for events that have already ended. Microsoft Word is also getting some love with the Redmond Giant adding animated 3D graphics which can now be embedded within documents. With the new features, Microsoft has provided a very good option for Word users.

These new features are currently in the testing phase and they will be released to all Office users in the coming weeks after successful testing. If any of our users are part of the Office Insider program then the latest update is currently rolling out. Do let us know your thoughts on the new features in the comments below.

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