I have a user that updated a word document saved and checked in. Versioning is turned on with Major and Minor revisions. The latest version is 8.0 Here are how the options are set: enter image description here

Now after the first user has checked the document in, the second user who has Contribute permissions cannot see the revisions the first added when she simply clicks on the document and opens it Word. Now here's the kicker! If I have her first open the document by choosing the Open in Browser option, she can see the revisions. And while in the browser view she can choose to open in Word and she still sees the revisions when Word opens!

  • do you have content approval? also have u published the draft version?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented Feb 8, 2016 at 20:46
  • What versions of Office are being used by the two users? This sounds like buggy behavior and may have been already fixed in a subsequent patch.
    – Thriggle
    Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 1:42
  • Waqas - content approval is not on. Thriggle - first thing I checked was their versions, the both are on the same version "Microsoft Word 2013 (15.0.4787.1000) MSO (15.0.4787.1002)".
    – Marker
    Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 12:57
  • Waqas - a major revision was published.
    – Marker
    Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 14:22

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From the last option select "NO" for 'require documents to be checked out before they can be edited'.

This will allow users updates to be view-able by others.

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