Release notes for Office for iOS (Insider builds)

Last updated:  June 2, 2020

June 2, 2020 

Version 2.38 (200601) 

Word

Read documents in edit mode  

You can now read your documents in Edit mode without fear of making accidental changes. To enable this feature, press the Pencil icon to enter Edit mode. Give it a try today by reading a long document!  

Outlook  

Search tabbed results  

Quickly find what you're looking for by switching between search results in mail, people, and events. 

Image showing tabs in search results

OneDrive 

Edit files when you’re offline 

Editing files while you’re offline just got easier. You can now edit Office files stored in OneDrive that are marked as available offline.  

Office  

Transfer high efficiency images to your desktop  

We’ve received your feedback and are excited to announce a new feature that lets you quickly transfer high efficiency images to your desktop. Most images on iOS devices are HEIC formats, which file transfer didn’t previously support. Now, you transfer almost every image on your phone to your desktop!  

How it works  

1. Tap Actions tab. 

2. Tap Transfer Files

3.  Tap Mode as Send (if the option is provided).  

4.  Open transfer.office.com on your desktop.  

5. Press Scan to complete the pairing. 

6. Accept the pairing pin if it matches with the desktop pin. 

7. Select the images you would like to transfer from your gallery.  

HEIC images will be converted to JPG to enable transfer. Give permission for this conversion to complete the transfer.

Multi-select images in media tab 

You can now multi-select different images and take different actions. Previously, media files weren’t actionable. Now, you can multi-select and take context-specific natural actions like choosing images to delete, share, or package them to Word and PowerPoint. 

Tap the Media tab and long press on any image to activate multi-select. Voilà! Now multiple photos can be selected, and different actions can be taken by clicking the appropriate icon on top. 

April 29, 2020

Version 2.37 (200427)

Word  

Read Aloud  

This speech-related feature lets you listen to your Word document on your iPhone or iPad. Use Read Aloud to proofread, increase comprehension (words are highlighted as they’re read to help you follow along), and consumption while multitasking.  

Though not new, this feature just received several updates. Two are higher quality voices that are more natural and pleasant to listen to as well as automatic language detection. For example, your Spanish text will now be read in a Spanish voice! 

Learn more.

Word document with words highlighted as app reads them aloud.

Word, PowerPoint 

Open multiple documents*  

Take advantage of the larger screen on your iPad with the new multi-window support in Word and PowerPoint. Open and work on two documents or decks side-by-side. 

You can access this feature a few ways: 

  • Touch, hold, and drag a document from the Files list within the app to open it side-by-side.

  • In Word or PowerPoint, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and open the dock. Then touch and hold the second app and drag it off the dock to the left or right edge of the screen. Then tap the document to open.

  • In Word or PowerPoint, access the Recent, Shared, and Open views in the app start screen, tap the "..." menu in the file list, then tap Open in New Window.

*This feature requires iPadOS 13. 

Outlook 

Simply schedule meetings across time zones   

We're making it easier to collaborate with co-workers across time zones by letting you choose a different time zone when scheduling meetings to ensure that the time will work well for all involved. To enable, create a New Event and tap your preferred Time zone under Date and Time options.   

Calendar showing time zone info

Introducing the People search answers 

Find information about people in your network with the People search answers. Ask about a friend's phone number or a co-worker's office location and get an intelligent answer back! 

Learn more.

Introducing the Calendar search answer 

Find information about your events and meetings with the Calendar search answers. Ask where your next meeting is or what meetings you have tomorrow and get a relevant answer back!

Learn more. 

Top Results 

See the most relevant messages in Outlook with Top Results. When you search for something, you will see the Top Results at the top of the search result list.  

Easily report phishing and spam 

See something that isn’t right? Now you can easily report phishing and spam messages and keep your inbox safe. While in a message, tap Report Junk from the drop down menu.  

Drop down menu showing option to flag an email.

March 30, 2020

Version 2.36 (200329)

Word, Excel, PowerPoint 

Avoid eye strain  

Have you ever struggled to comfortably navigate in apps on your mobile device? Struggle no more! You can now increase the size of UI elements and ensure their readability. To give it a try, select Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text Size to turn on the ability to increase the size of text and various UI elements, and then press and hold the UI element you want to look at more closely.

   Screen shot of Insert Pictures button within PowerPoint.

Outlook 

Search gets spelling options  

Typos and spelling errors won’t slow you down! Outlook suggests an alternative keyword so you can find the information you're looking for without having to re-enter your query, typo free.  

Image of spell check suggestions under search bar.

Increase your productivity with split view in Outlook*

Take advantage of the larger screen on your iPad with the new multi-window support in Outlook. Open multiple messages or view your message list and calendar at the same time, and easily move between windows. Give it a try!

  1. Open Outlook.

  2. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the dock.

  3. On the dock, touch and hold the second app that you want to open, then drag it off the dock to the left or right edge of the screen.

Learn more.

Outlook Split View  

* Requires iOS 13

February 24, 2020

Version 2.35 (200224) 

Word 

Type with your voice

You can now use your voice to create content. Using voice to dictate content is faster and is more direct way of putting the thought onto the document. 

  1. Tap Dictate to begin the dictation experience, and enable microphone permissions, if asked.

  2. Tap the microphone button to start dictating.

Tips

  • Speak clearly and conversationally. Insert punctuation by saying the name of the punctuation mark you want to add. You can also add tap the punctuation bar to add common punctuation as you dictate.

  • If you make mistakes while dictating, fix it by deleting and speaking again. Alternatively, you can switch back the keyboard to fix such errors.

  • If you see a lot of incorrect words being output or missed words, try speaking more deliberately.

  • Try to avoid or eliminate background noise that may interfere with your voice.

  • Dictate depends on a cloud-based speech service, so it's important to have an internet connection that's fast and reliable.

Word document with microphone button at the bottom of the screen

Excel

Cards View

Need an easier way to work with tables? Check out the Cards view.

  1. Open an Excel worksheet or workbook that contains tables.

  2. Select any cell in the table.

  3. Click the Cards View button in the bottom pane.

Cards View

PowerPoint

Better ink to shape diagramming

Go from free-form ink to Office shapes, text, or a mathematical expression in a couple of strokes. Notice that you can now move objects after they've been drawn and connected without fear of the losing the connection. 

  1. Draw or write in digital ink.

  2. Select your ink. You can either touch tap the ink directly or Tap Lasso Select and then drag to encircle the ink you want to convert.

  3. Tap the action button  Click the action button to convert the ink on the spot. at the right edge of the encircled ink. Your ink is converted in place.

  4. If the conversion is unsatisfactory, or if you want to see other possible variations, tap the More Suggestions button  The More Suggestions button to the right of the converted text.


The left-most option that pops up lets you revert to the ink you drew. The other options are variations of what you draw. Tap the one want, or press ESC to dismiss the pop-up window.

Outlook

Send it with style

Add a little pizzazz to your messages by applying some basic formatting. The new toolbar, conveniently located at the bottom of the Compose window, includes:

  • Bold

  • Italics

  • Underline

  • Bulleted lists

  • Numbered lists

  • Linking

  • (3) Three font styles

Learn more.

New Outlook format toolbar  

Add optional attendees 

Add people to your events as optional or required.

Optional tab selected on the People page  

Delegate Inboxes

Delegate mailboxes allow you to give permissions to manage your mail to someone else in your organization, allowing you to accelerate your productivity through others. 

Learn more 

Settings page showing Delegate mailbox  

January 27, 2020

Version 2.34 (200127)

Excel 

Look left, look right…XLOOKUP is here!

XLOOKUP is the successor to the iconic VLOOKUP function! It’s named for its ability to look both vertically and horizontally (yes it replaces HLOOKUP too!). In its simplest form, XLOOKUP needs just 3 arguments to perform the most common exact lookup (one fewer than VLOOKUP). Let’s consider its signature in the simplest form:

XLOOKUP(lookup_value,lookup_array,return_array)

  • lookup_value: What you are looking for

  • lookup_array: Where to find it

  • return_array: What to return

Learn more.

XLOOKUP

December 31, 2019

Version 2.33 (19123100)

Outlook

Meeting Insights > From Event Details Page

Always show up prepared. Emails and documents that are relevant to your meeting or appointment are included in the Calendar event description.

Files and documents relevant to your meeting will now appear in the event description.

Suggested Replies

Give those tired thumbs a rest! Tap a suggestion to jump-start your reply for some emails. Don't worry, you'll have the chance to edit your response before it's sent. Suggested replies appear at the bottom of an email above the reply box. This feature is only available in English (en-us), Spanish (es-419), and Brazilian Portuguese (pt-BR).

Select from one of a few suggested responses to common email messages.

Word

Updated Alt Text Pane

Easily make your non-text content more accessible by adding captions in a single description field, or mark elements as decorative if they are only for aesthetics. Next time you add a shape or picture, select the Alt Text option and add a description or mark as decorative.

Excel

Updated Alt Text Pane

See above.

PowerPoint

Updated Alt Text Pane

See above.

November 25, 2019 

Version 2.32 (191125)

Outlook

Do not disturb for Outlook

Tune in or out when you need to the most! With the do not disturb feature, users can focus on their work emails during work hours without the distraction of personal email notifications, and visa versa for personal events - work notifications can be snoozed on demand or on a schedule. Also, users can choose to not be disturbed by work email notifications when they are in meetings so that they can give work meetings their full attention. Enable do-not-disturb from the left navigation menu by selecting the bell icon with "zz" in it.

A settings screen showing the options for silencing both personal and work emails on demand, as well as on a schedule.

Limiting sensitive data in notifications

Keep sensitive information private from casual observers! Now your administrator can protect your confidential organization data which may be in notifications for items such as meeting notifications and messages. With the setting enabled, details such as the sender’s address, the subject of the message, and a short message preview of the message body can be hidden on the lock screen until you authenticate your device to view them.

An image showing the lock screen of an iPhone with Outlook notifications not displaying any detailed information, other than a new message has been received.

Excel

Read and reply on the fly to comments in Excel from Outlook Notifications

Triage your @mention notifications for Excel with more informative notifications! Now you can view the comment, the context it appears in, and even reply to the comment directly, right from the body of your email notification.

Image displaying the interface with context in Outlook that mention notifications provide when a comment is directed at you from an excel workbook. You can add a comment without opening the workbook, or go to the comment by opening the workbook.

Word

Read and reply on the fly to comments in Word from Outlook Notifications

Can't determine if your @mention notification is a formal ask, generic thank you, or a simple FYI? Now you can stay on top of your @mention notifications for Word with more context included in the notification. View the comment, the context it appears in, and even reply to the comment directly, right from the body of your email notification.

An image showing the features of Read and Reply on the Fly for iOS Word. Mention notifications appear with two actions possible, "Add a comment" and "Go to comment", giving the user the option to reply to mention directly from the notification.

October 28, 2019

Version 2.31 (191028)

Outlook

Accept new time proposals

Did someone propose a new time for your meeting invitation? Now you can accept, reply, or edit their proposal while on the go.

iOS Outlook accept new time

Propose new time

Did someone schedule a meeting over your lunch break? Now you can quickly reply to the invitation with a new time proposal and add an optional message.

iOS Outlook propose new time

Classification, labeling, and protection

For Microsoft 365 customers who have configured their organization’s sensitivity labels in the Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance Center or the Microsoft 365 Compliance center, labels will be available to be applied in Outlook for iOS email messages.  People in your organization will be able to apply a pre-defined label to an email and have that label and any associated protection persist when sent to others. The different actions and protection, including encryption, will depend on the policies your organization defined in the Security & Compliance center.  

CLP for iOS

October 1, 2019

Version 2.30 (191001)

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Visio

New Privacy Controls

We are continuing our commitment to bring increased transparency and customer control over the data collected when you are using Office apps to keep our products and services secure, up to date, and performing as expected.

With this update, you are in control of cloud-connected experiences and have access to settings that allow you to disable and re-enable the following types of connected experiences:

  • Experiences that analyze your content, such as PowerPoint Designer or Editor in Word.

  • Experiences that download online content, such as PowerPoint Quick Starter or Office templates.

Learn more.

  • To keep Office apps secure, up-to-date, and performing as expected as well as to continually make product improvements, we collect diagnostic data. There are two levels of diagnostic data:

  • Required data is the minimum data necessary to help keep Office secure, up to date, and performing as expected on the device it’s installed on, such as information about whether update packages were downloaded and installed correctly.

  • Optional data is only collected with your consent and helps improve Office for you, such as information about whether files are saved locally or to the cloud to help us better understand customers’ storage preferences.

Learn more.

You can change your privacy preferences at any time in Office preferences by clicking the app name in the menu bar, and then click  Preferences > Privacy.

NOTE: If you are signed in with a work or school account, the admin in your organization will decide whether these connected experiences are available to you.

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote

iOS 13 dark mode

Office gets easier to look at with support for iOS 13’s Dark Mode. Improved accessibility and an updated UI help keep you productive anywhere.

iOS ppt dark mode

Outlook

Add location to meeting invite notifications

Know the places you'll go! Now you can see the meeting location in the notification when someone sends you an invitation to a meeting.

Add Location to Meeting Invite Notifications

Improve security

S/MIME adds another layer of security and trust to your mobile experience, allowing you to have greater confidence with your email. With S/MIME, you can digitally sign and encrypt your emails, which ensures senders and recipients have the right credentials to view content on their mobile devices.

S/MIME

Smart move

Effortlessly move emails to folders using Outlook folder suggestions!

Smart move Light

Viewing group calendars

Trouble keeping track of group calendars? You can now view your list of Joined Groups in the Calendar sidebar and select to overlay a specific calendar(s) with your personal calendar.

Group Calendar View iOS

Create meetings and appointments in group calendars

Ready to get together? Create meetings and appointments on group calendars!

Create Group Calendar Event iOS

August 27, 2019

Version 2.29 (190826) 

No new feature being released this month

July 29, 2019

Version 2.28 (190729)

Outlook

Edit the Meeting Time of Recurring Events

Got recurring events? You can now update the meeting time for every event in a series at once!

Calendar in the background, and the ability to edit a single instance of the selected recurring or all of the instances in the foreground  

Word 

Erase with precision

You love them in PowerPoint, so use them now in Word. With the small and medium erasers, you can remove just small bits of ink instead of entire strokes!  

Eraser drop down list with three choices  

Excel

Resolve comments

Worksheets on top and comment below

Get things off your list! When an existing thread no longer requires action, just select Resolve to collapse comments and let open items stand out. Resolved comments can be reopened at any time if you decide you want to add to the thread. 

July 2, 2019

Version 2.27 (190701)

Outlook

Shared Mailboxes

We heard you! You can now access Shared Mailboxes on your iOS device. Read and send emails, monitor messages, and view shared calendars on the go.

Outlook screen with Add Shared Mailbox command

  

Mark as Unread

Need to flag just one message in a conversation or mark it as unread? No problem. Simply open the conversation, tap on ... in the top right corner of the message, and click Unread or Flag.

  Message with triage options showing

PowerPoint

Settle into Reading

Enjoy a reading-optimized view to browse through a presentation without having to first open it in Edit mode.

Excel

Dynamic arrays

Quickly type a formula that returns multiple values and watch them appear automatically in the neighboring cells. Build more capable spreadsheets, faster, with fewer formulas and less chance of error.

Learn more. 

Make a big impact with Announcements

May 28, 2019

Version 2.26 (190528)

Outlook

Quicker access to your files*

Find and access cloud files stored across your favorite cloud storage options: OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint, Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox, and Box.

Attach a file page with three commands available: Attach Copy, Insert Link, and Preview.   

* This feature is rolling out and may not be available immediately.

Notifications on Apple Watch

We're making notifications more glance-able and helping you get where you need to be.

Three watch faces with notifications  

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Pick your destination

Use the Move command to easily move your cloud-based files from one folder to another.

File settings with the ability to move the selected cloud file to a different folder

April 30, 2019

Version 2.25 (190430)

Outlook

Make it a Teams meeting

When creating an event, you now have the option to a Teams meeting if your organization uses this provider to conduct online meetings.

New Event with Teams Meeting toggle on   

Better and faster on Apple Watch

Pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone and enjoy the new lightning-fast Outlook app on your watch. Plus, we support the new Series 4 watch face!

Apple Watch face with Outlook information showing

Favorite People

Specify certain people as favorites and gain easier and quicker access to any and all information related to them.

Menu showing Favorite people   

Notifications from Favorite People*

Reduce the number of notifications by specifying that you only want to get alerts when people you have identified as Favorites contact you.

Email Notification settings page with the ability to assign a sound to specific people when sending and receiving emails

* Requires an Office 365 or Outlook.com account using the Microsoft sync technology

April 2, 2019

Version 2.24 (190402)

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

Redesigned product icons

Product icons for your favorite Office apps have been redesigned to reflect the simple, powerful, and intelligent Office experience.

New product icons on a phone screen on the left and a close up view of the icons on the right

Outlook

Calendar in living colors

See any color categories created in Outlook Desktop, Outlook for Mac, or OWA, reflected in your Calendar on your iPhone or iPad.

Calendar showing color categories  

Calendar search

We heard you! Looking for an event? Your Calendar events are now showing as part of your search results so you can keep track of your busy life while on the go

Calendar event showing in search results  

February 26, 2019

Version 2.23 (190225)

Outlook

Never be late again

Find out when you need to leave for an upcoming appointment or meeting to arrive on time.

Learn more.

Calendar with banner indication when you should leave to your next meeting

Capture and share in a snap

Increase productivity and collaboration by capturing, annotating and sharing images of anything from whiteboards to documents with few taps and apps.

Make a big impact with Announcements

PowerPoint

Better shapeshifting

Enjoy smoother Morph transitions authored in PowerPoint for Windows Desktop, PowerPoint for Mac, or PowerPoint Mobile.

Make a big impact with Announcements

February 4, 2019

Version 2.22 (190202)

Word

Office now supports Apple Pencil 2

Got the Apple Pencil 2? Go ahead and double-tap.

Four circles: one with an eraser, one with a hand holding a pen, one with a color palette, and one with two pens

Quickly edit equations

Word now supports creating and editing equations. Write your math equations in linear format, for example a^2+b^2=c^2, and Word will convert it into a professional display format, a²+b²=c².

Learn more.

Word document with equations

PowerPoint

Ink that sparkles

Add some whimsy while you're writing with ink. Just toggle on "Sparkle Animation" in the Pen options and you'll get sparkles as you write.

Make a big impact with Announcements

Office now supports Apple Pencil 2

Got the Apple Pencil 2? Go ahead and double-tap.

Four circles: one with an eraser, one with a hand holding a pen, one with a color palette, and one with two pens

Outlook

Know when external recipients are included

Outlook alerts you with a MailTip when your message includes external recipients.

Learn more.

New email message with warning that recipent is external

See your month in a glance

Show all events and appointments in your calendar across an entire month at a time.

Month view in Calendar

Excel

Office now supports Apple Pencil 2

Got the Apple Pencil 2? Go ahead and double-tap.

Four circles: one with an eraser, one with a hand holding a pen, one with a color palette, and one with two pens

January 29, 2019

Version 2.22 (190128)

Word

Get their attention with @mentions

Use @mentions in comments to let co-workers know when you need their input.

Selected word and related comment

Excel

Collaborate effectively with comments and @mentions

Keep the conversation going right in your worksheet with the built-in reply box and let co-workers know that you need their input by using @mentions.

Worksheet in the top half and comments in the bottom half

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