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Do you remember when software programs were available on CD and couldn’t be updated until a new program was rolled out? Today’s software is far better in this department, as improvements, changes and glitches can be repaired with a new update rolled out to all users. However, depending on your organization’s settings, you may see Office 365 before or after another group.

Let’s learn more about how to get the latest features from Office 365.

Who Gets Office 365 Updates?

As new features roll out to Office users, many are introduced slowly. Eventually, everyone will have access to the features, but the times they become available vary. If you don’t have the features that another company has, don’t worry. Instead, expect that they will be coming to your device soon!

The reason why people get the features at different times is partly based on how they are released and partly based on the organization’s settings. So, if you have a work or school account, your administrator probably controls when you see the features. Unfortunately, if you only have a one-time Office 2016 purchase, you will not see any new features. You will, however, receive security and performance updates to keep your software secure.

How to Get New Features

Usually, updates are automatic, but you can install them manually as well. To keep on top of new features, we recommend joining the Office Insider program. This program keeps you abreast of the latest advancements with Office 365 and when to expect new updates. Otherwise, Microsoft is vague about its updates because they are rolled out at different times.

You can also learn about the new features that are included with each update by checking out this page. It’s a good idea to do so, as many of these elements sneak past people until they actually use them. For example, the latest update included security updates for Access, Outlook and Office Suite.

If you have a database programming company to work with, you can also learn about updates through them. At Arkware, we keep on top of the latest trends so you don’t have to. We’ll make sure your database always has the latest technology and features. To learn more about how we can help your databases run smoothly, call Arkware today.