Microsoft Renames Update Channels on Android, iOS, and Mac

Posted on November 13, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft 365, Office 365 with 4 Comments

In June, Microsoft changed its update channel names for Microsoft 365 applications on Windows, and it’s now doing so on Android, iOS, and Mac as well.

“We are rolling out these changes to iOS, Mac, and Android to bring consistency to update channel names across all the platforms on which Office is available,” the Office Insider Engagement Team writes in a new post to the Office Insider blog. “Only the names of the existing update channels are changing. These update channels still work the same way as they did before.”

On Android and Mac, Insider Fast has been renamed to the Beta Channel. And Insider Slow has been renamed to Current Channel (Preview).

On iOS, the Insider channel has been renamed to the Beta Channel.

These name changes actually rolled out at the end of last month, Microsoft notes, so it’s possible you’ve already seen them in documentation, application user interfaces, or Microsoft AutoUpdate (on Mac).

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Comments (4)

4 responses to “Microsoft Renames Update Channels on Android, iOS, and Mac”

  1. navarac

    How many staff in the "Renaming Dept" these days? More than in the "Test Dept" that is for sure.

  2. waethorn

    I wonder how much money they lose in discussion groups doing this kind of crap, not to mention having to make a big PR statement about the changes.

  3. will

    Sounds the the "Insider" brand is going away. Just sticking with Beta and other names for the various channels of software.

  4. winner

    Rings, channels. Next will be lanes.

    I personally like bungalows.