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  • May 2018 Office non-Security updates have been released

    Posted on May 1st, 2018 at 12:41 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The May 2018 Office non-Security updates are now available.
    Just a reminder – these updates are NOT covered under the April DEFCON-3 umbrella. Unless you have a specific need to install them, you should wait until Susan (Patch Lady) approves them and any problems have been reported.

    Office 2010

    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2010 (KB4022144)

    Office 2013

    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4018389)
    Update for Microsoft OneNote 2013 (KB4011281)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2013 (KB4018376)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2013 (KB4018379)
    Update for Skype for Business 2015 (KB4018377)

    Office 2016

    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3203479)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011634)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4018318)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4018369)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4022133)
    Update for Microsoft OneNote 2016 (KB4018321)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB4018372)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4018373)
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4018367)

    There were no non-security listings this month for Office 2007, which is out of support.
    Office 365 and C2R are not included.
    Security updates for all supported versions of Microsoft Office are released on the second Tuesday of the month (Patch Tuesday).

  • March 2018 Office non-security updates have been released

    Posted on March 6th, 2018 at 12:34 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft has released the March 2018 Office non-secruity updates. These are NOT covered under February’s DEFCON-3 patching. Wait to install them until any potential problems are known and for the Patch Lady’s guidance. If you are following Woody’s DEFCON system, wait for the March DEFCON patching go-ahead.

    Office 2010

    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2010 (KB4018314)

    Office 2013

    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB3172471)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4011152)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4018297)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2013 (KB4018292)
    Update for Microsoft Visio 2013 (KB4011230)
    Update for Skype for Business 2015 (KB4018290)

    Office 2016

    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011624)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011671)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011728)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011729)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011732)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4018295)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 Language Interface Pack (KB4011731)
    Update for Microsoft OneNote 2016 (KB4011733)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB4018296)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4011734)
    Update for Microsoft Visio 2016 (KB4011661)
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4011725)

    There were no non-security patches for Office 2007.

    [The KBNew list of all new and modified March KB articles has been updated, and now includes the March non-security Office patches. We’re showing more than 300 new and changed KB articles since March 1.]

  • If you’re using the newer Office file formats in older versions of Office, the Compatibility Pack is going away in April

    Posted on March 5th, 2018 at 11:23 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    As many of you know, Microsoft changed the format of Office documents in Office 2007. The old DOC documents became DOCX, XLS workbooks became XLSX, PPT Powerpoint stacks became PPTX, and various additional file formats (templates and the like) changed.

    The net result was that anybody who wanted to use Office 2003 to open or edit Office 2007 or later documents was up the ol’ creek without a paddle.

    That’s where the Office Compatibility Pack comes into play. There’s a complex description in KB 924074, but the upshot is that Office Compatibility Pack works like a babel fish for Office 2003 and the (free) Word, Excel and PowerPoint viewers.

    Now comes word that Microsoft is discontinuing the Office Compatibility Pack in April. Specifically, the OCP download page now says:

    The Office Compatibility Pack is being retired in April, 2018. At that time, it will no longer be available for download and will no longer receive security updates.

    For most of you that won’t make any difference. But if you’re still running Office 2003 (which is a mighty decent version!), it’d be wise to get the OCP installed now.

    Thx JNP.

  • Android Outlook app scrambling Contacts?

    Posted on March 1st, 2018 at 11:51 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m hearing reports all over that the Android Outlook app is running roughshod over (Outlook) Contacts lists.

    As I understand it, linking the Android Outlook app to your (Exchange-based?) email account reaches into your Contacts and scrambles things like:

    • Email 1 turns into Email 2, Email 2 turns into Email 3, and Email 3 goes back around to Email 1. It’s particularly frustrating because “The display still looks correct so it appears that I am sending it to the correct email address.  I can see it correctly when I look in the sent items but that is too late.”
    • Fax numbers turn into “Other” numbers.
    • Website, Spouse, Title removed
    • “Almost all Notes were removed but for ones not erased”
    • <mailto:…> was added to each email address and periods replaced apostrophes
    • Some physical addresses were removed, and “United States of America” was added to physical addresses

    The gripes I’ve seen come from a private forum — and I won’t reproduce the posts here. (I would welcome — encourage! — the original posters to chime in here.) But the problems are very real for some people at least.

    Can you confirm? I don’t use Outlook Contacts – switched over to Google Contacts years ago.

    Thx @sb

  • February 2018 Office Non-Security patches have been released

    Posted on February 6th, 2018 at 13:17 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    In the middle of all the January patching chaos we have MORE patches. But you don’t want to install these February Office patches yet, unless you want more upheaval in your life. WAIT a while!!

    Office 2010

    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 (KB4011187)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 2010 (KB4011191)

     Office 2013

    Update for Microsoft Excel 2013 (KB4011700)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4011646)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 (KB4011676)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2013 (KB4011679)
    Update for Skype for Business 2015 (KB4011678)

    Office 2016

    Update for Microsoft Excel 2016 (KB4011684)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011664)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011668)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011685)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 Language Interface Pack (KB4011566)
    Update for Microsoft OneNote 2016 (KB4011571)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (KB4011663)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4011672)
    Update for Microsoft Word 2016 (KB4011681)
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4011662)

    There were no non-security updates for Office 2007 which is out of support.
    Security patches for all supported versions of Office are released on Patch Tues. (2nd Tues. of the month).

  • New Office 365 features

    Posted on January 30th, 2018 at 13:22 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft’s Kirk Koenigsbauer just posted a list of new features brought to Office 365 this month:

    Microsoft Teams – Find and use apps in new ways, Command apps and take quick actions across Teams

    Work together more effectively with updates to iOS and Mac – Co-authoring for iOS and Mac, Automatically save your work on Mac (“Today also marks the general availability of AutoSave in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on Mac for Office 365 subscribers who store their documents in OneDrive and SharePoint.” – imagine that!), Drag and drop content and files on iOS, Access OneDrive files from more iOS apps, Preview more file types with OneDrive for iOS, Search across your organization with Outlook for iOS, Improve reading skills with Learning Tools for Mac

    New ways to share on Yammer

    Powerful inclusive learning tools

    Comments most welcome. (As mentioned elsewhere, I’m rapidly moving away from Office and toward Google Apps.)

  • January 2018 Office Non-Security Patches are Available

    Posted on January 2nd, 2018 at 15:44 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft has released the January 2018 Office non-security patches. These are NOT covered under the MS-DEFCON 4 blanket. You do not want to install them yet (unless you want to be the Beta tester).

    Office 2013

    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB3172510)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 (KB4011635)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2013 (KB4011640)
    Update for Skype for Business 2015 (KB4011638)

    Office 2016

    Update for Microsoft Access 2016 (KB4011221)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3178662)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011146)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011569)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011625)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011630)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011631)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011644)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (KB4011564)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4011633)
    Update for Microsoft Visio 2016 (KB4011215)
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4011623)

    There were no non-security patches for Office 2007 or Office 2010.

     

  • Office non-security patches for November 2017 have been released

    Posted on November 7th, 2017 at 14:26 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    These are November patches. We are under MS-DEFCON 2. You do NOT want to install them yet (unless you want to be an unpaid Beta tester).

    Office 2007

    Update for Microsoft Office Publisher 2007 (KB4011203)

    Office 2010

    Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4011188)

    Office 2013

    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB3172533)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4011228)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4011229)
    Update for Microsoft OneNote 2013 (KB4011075)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2013 (KB4011252)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 (KB4011168)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2013 (KB4011235)
    Update for Microsoft Word 2013 (KB3162081)
    Update for Skype for Business 2015 (KB4011255)

    Office 2016

    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011138)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011216)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011223)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011224)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011226)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011259)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 Language Interface Pack (KB4011145)
    Update for Microsoft OneNote 2016 (KB4011137)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB4011240)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (KB4011219)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4011227)
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4011238)

    The Office Publisher 2007 update and the Office 2010 update are UNCHECKED important updates.
    Security patches for all current supported versions of Microsoft Office are released on the second Tuesday of the month (Patch Tuesday)