Updated August 10, 2022: We have 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 are allowed to add suggestions to the document in the form of comments or tracked changes. Document owners or collaborators with full edit permissions will then need to approve the incorporation of any suggested changes to the document.
In any Word document, share a document for review by clicking the Share button, and then clicking the Share command in the menu. In Word for the web, add the people that you want to review the document, and then select the Can review option.
We have changed the UI for Review Mode in the Share Dialog to include this mode as 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.
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.
Message ID: MC402119
Published: 19 July 2022
Updated: 10 August 2022
Platform: Online, US Instances, Web, World tenant