Microsoft Office Insider Build Brings Advanced Threat Protection & Co-authoring Improvements

Microsoft has been focusing more on Office 365 lately with AI-driven features for PowerPoint. Today, Microsoft has pushed a new Office Build 12001.20000 for the Windows Insiders. The new build brings a handful of new features for Outlook, Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint.

Microsoft has added an icon search functionality to make it easier for you to find icons. The Advanced Threat Protection improves protection against potential phishing attacks. Apart from the new features, the non-security update fixes two major problems that existed in Microsoft PowerPoint and Outlook.

Here’s is the complete changelog:

General Improvements

1. Icon Search

The new Insider build brings icon-search functionality for Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook. You can now search your desired icons easily in no time. The Insert button will let you know how many icons you have selected so far.

2. New Office app icons

The new Office Insider Update introduces redesigned app icons for the Office Suite. Microsoft claims that the new icons simply exhibit intelligent, powerful, and simple experiences of Microsoft Office as a whole.

Excel Improvements & Changes

Improved Collaboration

Microsoft made it easier to collaborate with your co-workers. All the new changes related to cell styles, conditional formatting, and more would be merged seamlessly.

Outlook Improvements & Changes

Advanced Threat Protection

Microsoft improved Office 365 to provide protection against advanced attacks. The Advanced Threat Protection mechanism protects against all the new attacks targetted through attached messages, network paths, email hyperlinks, network paths, signed and attached messages and more.

Word Improvements & Changes

Co-authoring improvements

Microsoft rolled out co-authoring improvements for Microsoft Word so that your changes are merged faster with other collaborators.

Non-Security Improvements

1. Meeting cancellation notifications

Microsoft resolved an annoying problem for Outlook users. Whenever a meeting was previously canceled previously, a bug forced Outlook to push two notifications to the meeting recipients.

2. PowerPoint crash

Microsoft confirmed that it has fixed a problem with PowerPoint that forced the application to crash in some cases. The crash occurred when a user forgot to select No Fill or No Outline for Shapes and Icons.

You should install the latest Office updates to patch both bugs. Open the Office program and go to File > Account > Update Options > Update Now to install the latest Office Insider Preview Build.

Alex Schoff
Alex is a technology reporter with a particular interest in Microsoft and Windows. He keeps a close eye on major developments related to Windows 10, Google Chrome, Office 365, and more.

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