Microsoft has a new Office Insider Preview v16.58.22013002 for Mac users. However, only users in the Current Channel of the Office Insider Program have access to it. The new Office update does not have any new exciting features.

However, the update comes with bug fixes and upgrades to the Excel app. What changed? Here’s what Microsoft’s changelog says:

  • The first fix is for an issue where an alert for some PivotTable changes would only say ‘Alert’ without including much in the way of context. The alert now describes the problem that the changes may have caused for easy fixing or reporting.
  • The second fix addressed an issue where the drawing space would not be visible to the user if they enabled the ‘Draw with Trackpad’ option on the Draw tab in a worksheet with Freeze Panes.

As for new or improved features, the team behind the build added Name Manager as an option by going to ‘Insert’ and then ‘Name Submenu’

For those looking to update to the latest version of the Microsoft Office Insider Preview Build, open any Office program and follow the following steps File- Account- Update Options- Update Now.

Excel went Mac-native this year

Sometime after mid-January, Microsoft released a new version of its Office for Mac productivity suite that included an updated Excel app with complete native support for Apple silicon machines.

According to the release notes that accompanied version 16.57 Excel, the app now runs natively on Macs powered by Apple’s M1-Series processors without using the Rosetta 2 translation layer. Anyone using a Mac with an M1, M1 Pro or M1 Max processor.

The native experience is better and more energy-efficient when working with spreadsheets, especially if the users use the Power Query function often.