Release notes for Monthly Channel releases in 2019

These release notes provide information about new features and non-security updates that are included in Monthly Channel updates to Office 365 ProPlus in 2019, including Visio Pro for Office 365 and Project Online Desktop Client.

Note

  • This information also applies to Office 365 Business, which is the version of Office that comes with some Office 365 plans, such as Business Premium.
  • We often roll out features (and sometimes even fixes) to Monthly over a period of time. This allows us to ensure that things are working smoothly before releasing the feature to a wider audience. So, if you don’t see something described below, don't worry you'll get it eventually. Learn more

Note

  • The security updates information for each update channel of Office 365 ProPlus will start being listed separately at Security Updates.

Version 1904: May 14

Version 1904 (Build 11601.20204)

  • Security updates listed here

Version 1904: May 08

Version 1904 (Build 11601.20178)

  • Various bugs and performances fixes.

Version 1904: April 29

Version 1904 (Build 11601.20144)

Excel: Feature updates

  • Find that file fast: Looking for a file you worked on recently? Just type in the Search box on the File > Home page to find the file you're looking for.

Outlook: Feature updates

  • Connect your LinkedIn network with Outlook: Securely connect your LinkedIn account with your Microsoft account to see information from LinkedIn profiles directly in the People card. Learn more

PowerPoint: Feature updates

  • Find that file fast: Looking for a file you worked on recently? Just type in the Search box on the File > Home page to find the file you're looking for.

Word: Feature updates

  • Export process diagrams to Word: Automatically add diagram content, such as shapes and metadata, to a Word document. Then customize the document to create process guidelines and operation manuals. Learn more

  • Colors for Track Changes, Comments and Real-Time Collaboration in Sync: Fixes in our product now ensure that the comments, track changes and the cursor for a collaborator show up in the same color.

  • Find that file fast: Looking for a file you worked on recently? Just type in the Search box on the File > Home page to find the file you're looking for.

Office Suite: Feature updates

  • New icons: We've added over 300 new icons based on your feedback. You'll find them using the Icons button on the Insert tab of the ribbon.

  • Privacy controls: New, updated, and improved controls for diagnostic data and connected experiences. Learn more

  • New Office App Icons: Redesigned app icons to reflect the simple, powerful, and intelligent experiences of Office.

Office Suite: Non-security updates

Fixed an issue of incorrectly identifying the new era name “Reiwa” in Hiragana and Kanji as a misspelled or ungrammatical expression.

Version 1903: April 23

Version 1903 (Build 11425.20244)

  • Various bugs and performances fixes.

Version 1903: April 17

Version 1903 (Build 11425.20228)

  • Various bugs and performances fixes.

Version 1903: April 16

Version 1903 (Build 11425.20218)

  • Various bugs and performances fixes.

Version 1903: April 9

Version 1903 (Build 11425.20204)

  • Security updates listed here

Skype for Business: Non-security updates

  • Fixed an issue in Lync (Skype for Business) where for any online meeting with more 7+ participants, the meeting window can disappear.

Version 1903: April 01

Version 1903 (Build 11425.20202)

Excel: Feature updates

  • Insights in Excel: Insights provides value to a range of users. Insights provides a softer approach to data analysis and for others it provides a different perspective to your data. Learn more

  • Increase the reach of your content: Need to make your spreadsheets accessible? Let the accessibility checker keep an eye on it for you, without getting in the way. Try it by clicking Review > Check Accessibility and we’ll tell you when we find something you need to look at in the status bar.

PowerPoint: Feature updates

  • Better shapeshifting: Name your shapes for more control over how they morph. Learn more

  • Increase the reach of your content: Need to make your presentations accessible? Let the accessibility checker keep an eye on it for you, without getting in the way. Try it by clicking Review > Check Accessibility – we’ll tell you when we find something you need to look at in the status bar.

  • Why reinvent when you can re-use? Save time by re-using slides that you created or that others have shared with you.

Skype for Business: Non-security updates

  • Fix for issue that caused Skype for Business to stop responding when responding to chat notifications if 3rd party SfB/Lync SDK app present.
  • Fix for app crash when specific clipboard content is pasted into a chat.
  • Fix for issue that prevented display of the "accepted by" information for a Call Queue call that's picked up by one of the call agents.
  • Fixed issue that hid call icons when a Teams user joins a Skype for Business meeting.

Word: Feature updates

  • Increase the reach of your content: Need to make your documents accessible? Let the accessibility checker keep an eye on it for you, without getting in the way. Try it by clicking Review > Check Accessibility – we’ll tell you when we find something you need to look at in the status bar.

Version 1902: March 25

Version 1902 (Build 11328.20222)

  • Various bugs and performances fixes.

Version 1902: March 12

Version 1902 (Build 11328.20158)

  • Various bugs and performances fixes.

Version 1902: March 4

Version 1902 (Build 11328.20146)

Access: Feature updates

  • Keep tabs on your database objects: Clearly see the active tab, easily drag tabs to rearrange them, and close database objects with just one click.
  • Zoom with more room: Make the Zoom box bigger, change the font, and Zoom remembers it all. Learn more

Excel: Feature updates

  • Get their attention with @mentions: Use @mentions in comments to let co-workers know when you need their input. Learn more
  • Discover more about your data: The new Ideas button looks for patterns in your data, and uses them to create intelligent, personalized suggestions. Learn more
  • Save your changes as they happen: Upload your file to OneDrive to make sure all your updates are saved automatically.
  • Ability to insert SVG's with filters applied: Office users now have the ability to insert SVG's that have filters applied to them. Learn more

Outlook: Feature updates

  • Build in time between back-to-back meetings: Give attendees time to catch their breath or travel between locations by setting meetings to end 5-10 minutes early by default. Learn more
  • Use Read Aloud to listen to your email: Outlook can read your email aloud, highlighting text as it's read. To turn on Read Aloud, go to the Ease of Access settings. Learn more
  • Ability to insert SVG's with filters applied: Office users now have the ability to insert SVG's that have filters applied to them. Learn more

PowerPoint: Feature updates

  • Inserting an online video is easier than ever: Want to put a video from Vimeo or YouTube on your slide? The video page link is all you need. Learn more
  • You compute, we format: We change hand-drawn math expressions into standard characters. Just choose Ink to Math and select your handwritten notes to get started. Learn more
  • Save your changes as they happen: Upload your file to OneDrive to make sure all your updates are saved automatically.
  • Ability to insert SVG's with filters applied: Office users now have the ability to insert SVG's that have filters applied to them. Learn more

Word: Feature updates

  • Save your changes as they happen: Upload your file to OneDrive to make sure all your updates are saved automatically.
  • Find out why AutoSave isn't on! Clicking on the AutoSave toggle when it's off will now either display a helpful callout with reasons why AutoSave might be off. In the case where the only reason preventing AutoSave is the fact that the document is not on OneDrive or SharePoint, we will offer to move the document conveniently with one button click!
  • Ability to insert SVG's with filters applied: Office users now have the ability to insert SVG's that have filters applied to them. Learn more

Office Suite: Feature updates

  • Installation of Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Teams is installed by default for new installations of Office 365 ProPlus. Learn More

Version 1901: February 12

Version 1901 (Build 11231.20174)

Security updates listed here

Version 1901: January 31

Version 1901 (Build 11231.20130)

Excel: Feature updates

  • Collaborate with comments: Keep the conversation going right in your spreadsheet with the built-in reply box. Learn more

Outlook: Feature updates

  • They'll see what you meme: When text or static images just won't do, use an animated GIF to make your point. Learn more

Visio: Feature updates

  • Double-take on data flowcharts: Gorgeous new layouts for Data Visualizer flowcharts are clean, crisp, and easy to understand. Learn more

  • Azure stencils built right in: Design a cloud app or plan an architecture using dozens of Azure stencils. Learn more

Office Suite: Feature updates

  • Office 3rd Party Applications now have insert SVG support using the office.js api: 3rd party applications also known as add-ins in Office now have the ability to insert SVG's. Users can now connect their personal collection of SVG's to Office. Developers can use this feature by using the Office.js API.

Version 1812: January 14

Version 1812 (Build 11126.20266)

Non-security updates only, addressing performance issues.

Version 1812: January 8

Version 1812 (Build 11126.20196)

Project: Non-security updates

  • Fixed an issue where you couldn't uncheck the Critical, Late and Slack bar styles for the Gantt chart after you checked one.

Version 1812: January 3

Version 1812 (Build 11126.20188)

Excel: Feature updates

  • Keep accessibility checker running while you work: Keep track of accessibility issues in your document without needing the accessibility checker always open. Via an indicator in the status bar, much like spellcheck, Excel flags found accessibility issues while you are working.

Outlook: Feature updates

  • All your encryption options in one place: Just go to Options > Encrypt to choose how to secure your email message. Learn more

PowerPoint: Feature updates

  • Ink a splendid slide: Convert your ink to standard shapes and text, then get smart slide-design ideas from PowerPoint Designer. Learn more
  • Keep accessibility checker running while you work: Keep track of accessibility issues in your document without needing the accessibility checker always open. Via an indicator in the status bar, much like spellcheck, PowerPoint flags found accessibility issues while you are working.

Word: Feature updates

  • Improve comprehension with Line Focus: Move through a document line by line without distractions. Adjust the focus to put one, three, or five lines in view at a time. Learn more
  • Take your doc from static to stunning: Transform your document into an interactive, easy-to-share web page that looks great on any device. Learn more
  • Keep accessibility checker running while you work: Keep track of accessibility issues in your document without needing the accessibility checker always open. Via an indicator in the status bar, much like spellcheck, Word flags found accessibility issues while you are working.

Visio: Feature updates

  • Say goodbye to broken Excel links: Can't find the Excel workbook linked to your Data Visualizer diagram? Relink it, and you're back in business. Learn more

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