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  • Odd out-of-band patch for Outlook 2016, KB 4011043

    Posted on August 15th, 2017 at 08:16 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft released KB 4011043 last night. So far I haven’t seen it. The KB article says:

    This update fixes the following issue:

    Add-ins do not load because of the “Operation Failed” failure that occurs when the Microsoft Installer (.msi)-based edition of Outlook 2016 is connected to Microsoft Exchange Server 2013.

    which seems like a mighty important error.

    Anybody else see this? Any information?

  • Where are the fixes to the botched June Office security patches?

    Posted on July 21st, 2017 at 07:05 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    After a series of pushed-then-pulled buggy fixes to the admittedly buggy patches, we’re still waiting for updated versions.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows. (Link has been updated.)

  • Excel – Missing Quick Access Toolbar icons

    Posted on July 18th, 2017 at 11:15 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Bill Jelen – Mr. Excel – has encountered an intriguing problem.

    The “Customize Quick Access Toolbar” option in Excel (Word, PowerPoint) should have oodles and gobs of entries for customizing the Quick Access Toolbar (the toolbar with tiny icons up at the top of the screen). On afflicted systems, there are only a few icons available.

    Bill’s looking for people who can replicate the problem. He’s seen it with Versions 1703, 1706, 1708. Current Channel, Insider Slow, Insider Fast.

    Can you replicate the problem? Please take a look at Bill’s YouTube walkthrough – it’s very easy and fast.

    (I unabashedly use the installed version of Office 2013, so don’t get caught up in Office 365 intrigue.)

    UPDATE: Bill tweets:

    Workaround: Type icon name in “Tell Me” box & rt-click to add from there. Rumors say real fix coming this week.


  • Office 2007 End of Life, Outlook 2007 connections to Office 365 mailboxes ends Oct. 31, 2017

    Posted on June 26th, 2017 at 18:15 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Office 2007 will reach End of Life on October 10, 2017. That’s a little over three months away.

    What that means is, there will be no new security updates, non-security updates, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates. According to Microsoft

    In addition, as of October 31, 2017, Outlook 2007 will be unable to connect to Office 365 mailboxes, which means Outlook 2007 clients using Office 365 will not be able to receive and send mail. For more information, see RPC over HTTP deprecated in Office 365 on October 31, 2017.

    With some exceptions like Outlook, mentioned above, Office 2007 programs will continue to  run after support ends, But Users will be taking a risk of malware infections exploiting unpatched flaws, and existing bugs will no longer be fixed.

    Microsoft provides 3 options to upgrade Office 2007

    • Upgrade to Office 365 ProPlus, the subscription version of Office that comes with many Office 365 plans.
    • Upgrade to Office 2016, which is sold as a one-time purchase and available for one computer per license.
    • Upgrade to an earlier version of Office, such as Office 2013.

    For further reading on Office 2007 EOL and upgrade options:
    From ComputerWorld.com  When does support end for Microsoft Office 2007? | By

    From Microsoft: Office 2007 End of Life roadmap
    and Resources to help you upgrade from Office 2007 servers and clients

  • Direct dictation in Microsoft Word

    Posted on June 21st, 2017 at 04:44 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft has just announced the release of Dictate 5.0, a Microsoft Garage project that lets you dictate directly into Office apps. “Hands free typing for Microsoft Office,” the story goes.

    You know, the kind of thing you’ve been able to do with Android or iOS for about a hundred years.

    No, this isn’t an Office application. It’s an Office add-in, created by a Microsoft “Garage” team. That means you can’t expect the same level of support for Dictate that you get for Office. Ba-dum-bum.

    It requires Office 2013 or later on Win 8.1 or later.

    Give it a roll and let us know what you think.

  • Running Office on the new 10.5-inch iPad requires a license

    Posted on June 8th, 2017 at 08:37 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Office is free for non-commercial use on tablets up to 10.1 inches. That means the newly announced 10.5 inch iPad Pro will require a license, even for non-commercial use.

    Nothing new. But many people don’t realize they’ll have to spring for a license — or switch to something other than Office.

    Good overview from Gregg Keizer at Computerworld.

  • Booby-trapped Word documents in the wild exploit critical Microsoft 0day

    Posted on April 17th, 2017 at 03:26 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The exploit appears in a Word doc attached to an email message. When you open the doc, it has an embedded link that retrieves an executable HTML file which looks like an RTF file. Apparently, all of that happens automatically.

    The downloaded file loads a decoy that looks like a document, so the user thinks they’re looking at a doc. It then stops the Word program to hide a warning that would normally appear because of the link.

    Very clever. It works on all versions of Windows, including Win10. It works on all versions of Office, including Office 2016.

    Good overview by Dan Goodin at Ars Technica.

    Technical analysis by Genwei Jiang at FireEye

    FireEye shared the details of the vulnerability with Microsoft and has been coordinating for several weeks public disclosure timed with the release of a patch by Microsoft to address the vulnerability. After recent public disclosure by another company, this blog serves to acknowledge FireEye’s awareness and coverage of these attacks.

    Likely cause of the rush to disclose from Haifei Li at McAfee.

    McAfee’s recommendation:

    • Do not open any Office files obtained from untrusted locations.
    •  According to our tests, this active attack cannot bypass the Office Protected View, so we suggest everyone ensure that Office Protected View is enabled.

    More details in my InfoWorld Woody on Windows post.

  • The lowdown on Microsoft Teams

    Posted on March 14th, 2017 at 11:23 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Today marks general availability of Microsoft Teams, the Slack-like communication product that’s now part of the paid Office 365 E3 and E5 packages.

    Galen Gruman has an unbiased take at InfoWorld:

    Teams is underwhelming in its formal debut and definitely not a match for the hype Microsoft has been providing since October 2016. For a product so late to market, Microsoft should have delivered much more…

    Slack is great, and no one needs Teams to replace it.

    If you’re getting caught up in the Teams advertising push, take a minute to read the rest of the story.