For users of the Current channel, Microsoft today released its monthly Office Insider preview update for October. This update introduces a new set of features for the Productivity Suite app, version number up to Version 2010 (Build 13328.20154), some of which have been tested on the Beta channel for some time.
This release update introduces new theme settings for all Office apps. The Productivity Suite app’s ability to follow the system’s settings means that the app automatically switches between dark and light modes, following Windows 10’s settings.
Another new feature added to Word, Excel, and Outlook is the ability to save shapes as images, just like the Save as Pictures feature in PowerPoint. For Word and Outlook, there is also an upgraded Microsoft Editor experience for spell checking and grammar suggestions.
In Excel, Microsoft has introduced a Data Visualizer plug-in that converts Excel tables into flowcharts or other high-quality charts. This feature is generally available in August, so it’s not clear what’s added to this Insider release.
PowerPoint has several new features. The Premium Content Library now includes royalty-free illustrations for Microsoft 365 users. The company said it was “actively buying” more content to add to the library. Another new addition is the ability to create animated GIFs with transparent backgrounds. Exporting a media as an animated GIF now serves the Make background transparent option.
Finally, Outlook gets a whole host of features, the first of which is a built-in translator. Users can now translate entire sentences or certain words or phrases according to their own requirements. In addition to translation, the email client on Windows has advanced syntax and style recommendations from the editor, which debuted on the Beta channel. The company said it was “the first attempt to provide syntax help by default in Outlook for Windows.”