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Office Insiders Slow Ring Gets Ink Reply, Better Recording As September Release

A new Slow Ring Office Insider build version 16.0.7369.2017 as part of the September feature update for Office 2016 for Windows brings new features such as “Ink Replay” and “Better Recordings in Powerpoint,” alongwith improved “accessibility in Outlook” and new “data transformation capabilites in Excel.”

In addition, a change to the way version numbers work in Office to make it at par with Windows 10 versioning, is also introduced. With that this build now also known as 1609 (7369.2017).

Here’s the Insiders changelog:

With Ink replay, you can follow a sequence of handwritten notes and drawings, review step-by-step instructions, or see the order in which somebody else marked up the slide. On a PowerPoint slide, click Draw -> Ink Replay to rewind and replay the ink strokes.

In PowerPoint, you can add a ‘Recording tab’ to the ribbon, and “create a presentation made up of recorded slides, screen recordings, and inserted video.” Once done, you can then share the recorded content to be viewed remotely on Docs.com.

In addtion, you can also embed quizzes to assist with remote learning and make your presentation more interactive, as well as “change ink color right from the palette in recording pane.”

In Excel, you can now add parameters to your queries, or create new queries from Merge or Append operations. As well as using Web connector, you can preview web pages.

Finally, improved keyboard and assistive technology experiences in Outlook “for reading email, scheduling meetings, and adding a signature.”

In other news, Microsoft and LinkedIn providing an array of new “LinkedIn Learning training courses” to help users get more out of Office.

“The new courses are available today and focus on helping you get the most out of Outlook 2016 and Excel 2016,” office team stated. “These courses are freely available and can be found alongside the hundreds of courses and videos in the Office Training Center.”

In Outlook 2016, you will “set up an email account, send, receive and organize messages, adding a signature, manage contacts and calendars, manage meetings, and collaborate and share with others,” writes office team.

Aso, you would get to learn “to enter and organize data in Excel 2016, create formulas and functions, build charts and PivotTables, and use other time-saving features.”

Here’s a peek at some of the new Outlook courses in the Office Training Center:

LinkedIn Learning Microsoft Office and Office 365

Interested, you can get one month of free, special access to LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) here.

In addition, Outlook Groups for iOS gets an update today.

If you are new, “Outlook Groups help you keeping up-to-date with teams in organizations that utilize Office 365 for business or education.”

With version 1.10.11 today, now you can get the iPad Outlook Groups app from the iPad store that gives the best iPad experience to make you more productive and engage with your groups more effectively.

Lastly, Microsoft Flow, in an update today introduces Microsoft Graph People Picker and support for Microsoft Dynamics AX.

Explaining “Graph people picker”, compnay says it is integrated directly into the Microsoft Flow UI, helps you “choose the right contact or email address.” This new feature will help to prevent mistyping a colleague’s email address.

Additionally, Flow also now integrates with Dynamics AX Online as well in addition to already available support for Dynamics CRM Online.

From inside your flows you can now “take action on your operations data, from creating new records to querying for data,” writes Flow team. You can try it out yourself by searching for Dynamics AX when you add an action to your flow.

Microsoft Flow now support Dynamics AX Online

Also two new services from software partners — first “appFigures”, a “reporting platform for mobile app developers,” and another “Insightly”, “a customer relationship and project management tool” announced as well.

Earlier in the month, the IFTTT-type platform announced that anyone could sign up for free and add a tool to allow developers to directly embed a Microsoft flow template onto websites.