Desktop App 3.11.1 for Windows  Release Date:  April 27, 2021

Office Desktop Co-Editing is currently in limited availability

Start or Join a Co-Editing Session from the Desktop App

Start or join a co-authoring (co-editing) session from the context menu in file explorer that allows multiple users to work concurrently on the same document. 



For a domain with more than one co-authoring application, if the organization administrator sets the default co-authoring application, you can start or join a co-editing session from the context menu seamlessly.


If the coediting session is already ongoing, you will be able to open the document only with the application used for coediting.



You can also start a co-editing session by double-clicking a file. 



Or join a co-editing session by double-clicking a file, which is currently being co-edited by someone.



If you are joining or starting a co-editing session by double-clicking, you will be asked to close the application that was opened in the background.


Issues Addressed

In addition to the above enhancement, the update also contains: 

  • Fixed lock behavior to address self-conflict issues in coediting mode.
  • Fixed self-lock issues for frequently updated files.
  • Introduced file-size validation for coediting.

Known Issues & Limitations

The update has the issues and limitations listed below:

  • Co-editing in an offline folder may result in conflicting copies in rare scenarios.
  • Co-editing is not supported with Smart Cache connection for versions of Smart Cache below 2.7.