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  • Minimum Versioning Coming Soon to SharePoint Online & OneDrive for Business Libraries

    Posted on August 16th, 2018 at 23:21 Kirsty Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Modified in Office 365 Roadmap on August 14, 2018:

    Versioning settings in OneDrive for Business, Groups and team sites in SharePoint Online
    All SharePoint and OneDrive libraries will be set to retain a minimum of one hundred major versions. Existing libraries that have versioning enabled but are set to retain fewer than one hundred major versions will be updated to retain the new minimum. Libraries already set to retain one hundred or more major versions will not be affected, including those with the default setting of five hundred. With these changes, the Document Library Settings page will no longer support the ability to disable versioning or configure it to retain fewer than one hundred versions.

    Again, there are reports of customers pushing back on Microsoft’s changes, and Microsoft have advised that organisations will be able to avoid this change on “Office 365 Tenants”, if they act before September 30th – “Otherwise, we will roll out the versioning setting update to your tenant in October 2018.”. This workaround involves a SharePoint Online Management Shell cmdlet, using version 16.0.7918.1200 or better.

    Full details are on Microsoft Tech Community

  • Having trouble logging in to Office 365? You aren’t alone.

    Posted on August 16th, 2018 at 11:51 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The official @Office365Status account on Twitter says:

    There are several possible suspects listed in the linked thread. It seems that locally installed versions of Office 365 (as opposed to the web version) are causing problems. Possible that it’s associated with Modern Authentication. One user reports that he removed activation from his keychain and it worked.

  • 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.)