Microsoft Office Preview testers are getting a new build at the moment, delivering some interesting new abilities for Word, Excel, and Outlook. This is a Windows Beta Channel release for the Office Insider Program, bringing the suite to version 2022 and build number 14907.20000.
In Microsoft Word, users will now get a better experience for recovering errors in the co-authoring tool. According to Microsoft, the path to restoring a document to a connection between co-authors following an error is now more efficient.
“Collaborating with others while working in Word is a vital productivity tool for many users, and disruptions can be extremely frustrating. We’ve now developed an improved recovery experience to quickly restore users back to a connected state after experiencing coauthoring errors. This automatic refresh synchronizes all changes among different authors, so you’re seeing the most up-to-date document possible,” the company points out.
Over on Outlook, Microsoft Office users on Windows now have support for proxy accounts. Microsoft says this has been one of the most requested features for the email client over the years. While Outlook normally supports email from addresses that are not default, it now also allows users to sent from proxy accounts.
“To use this feature, click Home > New Email. In the message window, click the arrow on the right side of the From button and choose Manage List. You can then add additional From addresses to the dropdown menu. Once that’s done, click the address you want to send the email from (via the From menu). Compose your email, and then click the Send button. Note that your tenant admin must enable this feature to make it available to users.”
Finally, Microsoft Excel is also getting an update with a new AutoComplete for drop down lists. This means users can compares cells to contents in a drop down list:
“We’ve now added AutoComplete functionality, which automatically compares the text typed in a cell to all items in the dropdown list and displays only the items that match. You’ll spend less time scrolling through lists, dealing with data validation errors, or writing complex code to handle this task.”
All updates are now in preview, with no information on when they will come to end users.
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