Office 365 for Windows Desktop – October 2018 Release details

Published Nov 07 2018 08:04 AM 5,657 Views

On October 30th, 2018, Microsoft released Office for Windows Desktop version 1810 (Build 11001.20074). Our Office International team translated this update into 44 languages. Here are some of my favourite new features that shipped in this release:


My personal favourite in Word is now you can insert animated 3D graphics into your word document. You can see T-Rex giving you the evil eye in your word document!



In PowerPoint you sketch, and we polish: You can now change hand-drawn text and shapes into refined diagrams. Just select your ink strokes to get started. You can also write over a shape with your pen and use the Ink to Text button to automatically convert your handwritten ink to typed text on the shape. Have a look at this video to see it action...




More information and help content on this release can be found in the What's New in Office 365 page. Our team also localises the content on in 37 languages. If you ever have suggestions (translation or otherwise) on how to make localised versions of Office applications, services or content better, then please start a conversation here and we will look into it.


Office 365 for Windows Desktop ships in the following 44 languages:

Arabic, Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay (Malaysia), Norwegian (Bokmål), Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Latin), Serbian (Cyrillic), Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.


Apart from the content here which is great I have to see wow! The animated gif inclusion and having it show with the teaser is awesome!

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I have to ask - I have not seen it referred to as "Office 365 for Windows Desktop" - is this a new name? What happened to "Office 365 ProPlus"? 


Hi @Kevin Wilson

A fair point Smiley Happy If I am totally honest it is to make my life easier and my posts shorter! It is a not a new name at all.

I try to be as generic as possible as the audience on here can be either consumer (using O365 Home or O365 Personal), small medium business (using O365 Business, O365 Business Premium or O365 Business Essentials) or large enterprise (using O365 Proplus, O365 Enterprise E1, O365 Enterprise E3 or O365 Enterprise E5). So rather then mentioning all those I just go with Office 365 for Windows Desktop. I hope that explains why. 


Hi @Mike Gannotti,

Glad you liked it! Both the gif and the video were created by the great content producers in the Office Modern Assistance & Support Experience team. They write/produce the content on And as for the gif showing on the teaser it was the Lithium platform - although I am sure @Allen might have had something to do with getting it there though!  Staff

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