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Microsoft Office Releases and Update Channels

 

In September 2017, Microsoft changed the names of their different update channels to be more descriptive. As part of this, the name of the Office Insider levels have changed. The Insider Fast level name is now called Insider and the Insider Slow level name is called Monthly Channel (Targeted).

What is Office Insider?

Office Insider is to get early access to new features, fixes, and security updates. As an Insider, you get previews of Microsoft latest feature updates.

What does this mean?

By using the Office Insider release, you are using preview and development versions of Microsoft software. Microsoft make it clear that this is only for IT professionals who want to experiment or test new features in a non production environment.

What impact does this have for Skype for Business?

We cannot provide Skype for Business support to the whole range of Microsoft Insider build versions (the very fastest release channel is a release each week!). Below is a table showing what we support.

Release Channel Descriptions

New Name

Old Name

Purpose

Insider

Insider Fast

Frequent updates containing features in development

Monthly Channel (Targeted)

Insider Slow (Office 365 for home)

Preview of Monthly Channel update

Monthly Channel

Current Channel

Monthly updates with the latest features

Semi-annual Channel (Targeted)

First Release for Deferred Channel

Preview of Semi-annual Channel update

Semi-annual Channel

Deferred Channel

Accumulation of features that have shipped in prior Monthly Channel updates

 

Release Channel Support

New Name

Release Frequency

Supported by Via

Insider

Weekly

Unsupported

Monthly Channel (Targeted)

Monthly

If Possible

Monthly Channel

Monthly

Best Efforts

Semi-annual Channel (Targeted)

Twice a year, in March and September

If Possible

Semi-annual Channel

Twice a year, in January and July

Yes

What version Office Update Channel I am using

The latest version numbers, release dates and preview features can be found here:

Monthly Channel (Tageted)

Insider

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