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M365 Changelog: (Updated) OneDrive/SharePoint - Review mode for Word documents

Rabia Noureen


MC402119 – Updated August 10, 2022: Microsoft has updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.

What is Review mode?

When you open a document that was shared with you for review, you are automatically placed in Review mode.

In Review mode, you won’t have full edit control but instead are allowed to add suggestions to the document in the form of comments or tracked changes. Document owners or other collaborators who have full edit permissions will then need to approve the incorporation of any suggested changes to the document.   

What’s new?

Microsoft has changed the UI for Review Mode in the Share Dialog to include this mode as a permission called ‘Can Review’ inside of the sharing permission dropdown. 

From OneDrive, SharePoint or Word for the web, share a document for review by clicking the Share button, and then clicking the Share command in the menu.

Once you have the share dialog open, select the people that you want to share with review permissions, and then choose the ‘Can review’ option from the permissions dropdown. You can find this option available as well from the Link settings page.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID : 93400

When this will happen:

Targeted release (entire org): Will begin rolling this out in mid-July and expect to complete rollout by late July. – Complete

Standard release: Will begin rolling this out in late-July and expect to complete by late August (previously early August). 

How this will affect your organization:

Users who wish to share Word documents on Web through OneDrive, SharePoint or directly from Word online will be able to see this change.

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What you need to do to prepare:

You might want to notify your users about this new capability and update your training and documentation as appropriate.

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