As an Office 365 subscriber, you regularly get new and improved features. Take a look below to see what’s available to you today and what’s coming. Not an Office 365 subscriber but using Office 2016? Find out what’s available in your version. Need a subscription? Check out your options.

If you’re new to Office or new to an app, check out the Office 2016 Quick Start Guides. If you want to find out why you should upgrade to Office 2016, watch this video.

Visit the Office Training Center to learn about using Office apps and services. Dozens of free courses—most with video—are available for both the business and home user. You’ll also find new courses made in partnership with LinkedIn Learning and an offer to can get unlimited access to 4,000+ video courses library. Check out our training offerings for Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word.

Need to install Office 2016? If you’re an Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscriber, learn more about how to upgrade to Office 2016. If you’re an Office 365 for Business subscriber, learn more about how to get the new Office 2016 apps.

Microsoft Office 365 development team is very passionate and fast learner from the vast majority of communities around the world. They are exchanging information and sharing their knowledge for only one purpose. How to make Office better? and as a result we have amazing Office 365 which is not only different from our regular MS office but also updated version of office with whole lots of new features, upgrade and updates. Every month Office 365 team adds new feature into office 365. If you are Office 365 user then you may have seen Drawing feature in MS PowerPoint, Visual graph and Dynamic filter in MS Excel, and so on so forth.

When do I get the newest features in Office 2016 for Office 365?

As new Office 365 features become available, they are sometimes rolled out over a period of time to all subscribers. If you have an Office 365 work or school account, the timing of when you receive new features may also depend on your organization’s settings. Eventually, all Office 365 subscribers will receive the new features. If you don’t see a feature you’re expecting in your Office apps, there’s no need to worry—it’s on its way!

Note: New builds are also rolled out this way. This means when a build becomes available, not all customers will receive the new features right away. However, you can expect it to come to your device soon.

  • Who gets new features?
    All new features are included for free as part of your Office 365 subscription. If you have a work or school account, your administrator may control when you see new features. If you have a one-time purchase of Office 2016, you will receive security and performance updates but no new features.
  • How do I get new features?
    You will get them automatically as they are rolled out. You can also check for and install updates manually. (This does not guarantee that you will receive the newest features right away.)
  • When will new features arrive in my Office?
    We don’t publish an exact day when the updates occur because that day can vary, and multiple updates could happen in a month. All Office 365 subscribers will eventually get the new features. However, if you’d like to get them sooner, you can join the Office Insider program.

How are Office Updates rolled out?

If you’ve joined the Office Insider program, you get preview builds for the latest features, security updates, and performance fixes that Microsoft releases before anyone else. For the Windows, Mac, and Windows Mobile Office Insider programs, there are two tracks: Office Insider Fast and Office Insider Slow. Office Insider for iOS has fast, while Android currently only has slow.

When new features and updates are distributed, the timeline usually goes like this:

  1. Insiders who have signed up for Office Insider Fast will receive the earliest, preview build first. This track is for Insiders who feel comfortable with using unsupported builds and will help identify issues and provide valuable feedback to Microsoft. (This only applies to Windows, Mac, iOS, and Windows Mobile which have the Fast program. The Android program will eventually get the fast track as well.)
  2. Next, Insiders who have joined Office Insider Slow get access to preview builds. These preview builds differ, in that they are fully supported by Microsoft. This means there’s minimal risk and your feedback will be used to tweak and improve the final Office update.

    If you are an Office Insider for Android, this is the only option and you will receive a supported builds before other users.

  3. The remaining Office 2016 users get updates a little later, typically one to three weeks after Office Insiders, or possibly longer. When they’re released, these updates are sent to a small percentage of users first, and then more users are added over time until all Office subscribers are updated.

When new features are available, they will download automatically if you have Office for Windows. If automatic update is not turned on, you can Install Office updates manually. If you have a Mac, be sure to configure Mac to update automatically.

Visit the Office Insider program to sign up. You can also follow the @OfficeInsider Twitter handle to find out about new features and updates that are released to Office Insiders.

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