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  • April 2021 Office non-Security Updates are now available

    Posted on April 6th, 2021 at 13:18 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The April 2021 Office non-Security updates have been released Tuesday, April 6, 2021. They are not included in the DEFCON-3 approval for the March 2021 patches. Unless you have a specific need to install them, you should wait until Susan Bradley (Patch Lady) approves them and any problems have been reported.

    Remember, Susan’s patching sequence and recommendations are based on a business environment that has IT support and may have time constraints on the updating process. Consumer patching should be more cautious due to limited technical and mechanical resources. The latter is the reason for the AskWoody DEFCON system.

    Office 2016
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4486672)

    There were no non-security listings for Office 2010 (which reached EOS on October 13, 2020) nor for Office 2013.
    On April 10, 2018, Office 2013 reached End of Mainstream Support. Extended Support will end for Office 2013 on April 11, 2023.
    Office 2016 also reached  End of Mainstream Support on October 13, 2020. EOS for Office 2016 is October 14, 2025.

    Updates are for the .msi version (perpetual). 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 2021 Office non-Security Updates are now available

    Posted on March 2nd, 2021 at 19:11 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The March 2021 Office non-Security updates have been released Tuesday, March 2, 2021. They are not included in the DEFCON-4 approval for the February 2021 patches. Unless you have a specific need to install them, you should wait until Susan Bradley (Patch Lady) approves them and any problems have been reported.

    Remember, Susan’s patching sequence and recommendations are based on a business environment that has IT support and may have time constraints on the updating process. Consumer patching should be more cautious due to limited technical and mechanical resources. The latter is the reason for the AskWoody DEFCON system.

    Office 2016
    Update for Microsoft Access 2016 (KB4493188)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4493153)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB4493226)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4493191)

    Office 2013
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2013 (KB4493174)

    There were no non-security listings for Office 2010 (which reached EOS on October 13, 2020).
    On April 10, 2018, Office 2013 reached End of Mainstream Support. Extended Support will end for Office 2013 on April 11, 2023.
    Office 2016 also reached  End of Mainstream Support on October 13, 2020. EOS for Office 2016 is October 14, 2025.

    Updates are for the .msi version (perpetual). 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).

     

  • The February 2021 Office non-Security Updates have been released

    Posted on February 2nd, 2021 at 15:12 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The February 2021 Office non-Security updates have been released Tuesday, February 2, 2021. They are not included in the DEFCON-4 approval for the January 2021 patches. Unless you have a specific need to install them, you should wait until Susan Bradley (Patch Lady) approves them and any problems have been reported.

    Remember, Susan’s patching sequence and recommendations are based on a business environment that has IT support and may have time constraints on the updating process. Consumer patching should be more cautious due to limited technical and mechanical resources. The latter is the reason for the AskWoody DEFCON system.

    Office 2016
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4493189)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB4493190)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (KB4493164)

    Office 2013
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4486684)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 (KB4493169)

    Office 2010
    Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4493180)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 (KB4493179)

    Office 2010 reached EOS on October 13, 2020.
    On April 10, 2018, Office 2013 reached End of Mainstream Support. Extended Support will end for Office 2013 on April 11, 2023.
    Office 2016 also reached  End of Mainstream Support on October 13, 2020. EOS for Office 2016 is October 14, 2025.

    Updates are for the .msi version (persistent). 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).

  • January 2021 Office non-Security Updates are available

    Posted on January 5th, 2021 at 12:14 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The January 2021 Office non-Security updates have been released Tuesday, January 5, 2021. They are not included in the DEFCON-4 approval for the December 2020 patches. Unless you have a specific need to install them, you should wait until Susan Bradley (Patch Lady) approves them and any problems have been reported.

    Remember, Susan’s patching sequence and recommendations are based on a business environment that has IT support and may have time constraints on the updating process. Consumer patching should be more cautious due to limited technical and mechanical resources. The latter is the reason for the AskWoody DEFCON system.

    Office 2016
    Update for Microsoft Access 2016 (KB4484509)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4493157)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB4493166)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4493159)

    There were no non-security listings for Office 2010 (which reached EOS on October 13, 2020) nor for Office 2013.
    On April 10, 2018, Office 2013 reached End of Mainstream Support. Extended Support will end for Office 2013 on April 11, 2023.
    Office 2016 also reached  End of Mainstream Support on October 13, 2020. EOS for Office 2016 is October 14, 2025.

    Updates are for the .msi version (persistent). 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).

  • Yet more Office 2010 updates?!

    Posted on December 13th, 2020 at 21:05 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    PATCH WATCH

    By Susan Bradley

    Well … we thought we’d seen the last of Office 2010.

    Last month (November), I was surprised to see updates for the then newly obsolete suite. (It reached its official end of support this past October 13.) But here we are again: Microsoft has released another round of updates for Version 2010.

    Years ago, Office 2007 received a similar reprieve of additional updates for several months after its end of life. So we might see additional updates for Version 2010 in coming months.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.49.0 (2020-12-14).

  • December 2020 Office non-Security Updates have been released

    Posted on December 1st, 2020 at 14:19 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The December 2020 Office non-Security updates have been released Tuesday, December 1, 2020. They are not included in the DEFCON-4 approval for the November 2020 patches. Unless you have a specific need to install them, you should wait until Susan Bradley (Patch Lady) approves them and any problems have been reported.

    Remember, Susan’s patching sequence and recommendations are based on a business environment that has IT support and may have time constraints on the updating process. Consumer patching should be more cautious due to limited technical and mechanical resources. The latter is the reason for the AskWoody DEFCON system.

    Office 2016
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4486745)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4486746)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4486747)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4486668)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4486749)
    Update for Microsoft Publisher 2016 (KB4484334)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4486716)
    Update for Microsoft Visio 2016 (KB4486709)
    Update for Microsoft Word 2016 (KB4486756)

    There were no non-security listings for Office 2010 (which reached EOS on October 13, 2020) nor for Office 2013.
    On April 10, 2018, Office 2013 reached End of Mainstream Support. Extended Support will end for Office 2013 on April 11, 2023.
    Office 2016 also reached  End of Mainstream Support on October 13, 2020. EOS for Office 2016 is October 14, 2025.

    Updates are for the .msi version (persistent). 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).

  • MS-DEFCON 2: Windows and Office patches out Nov 10

    Posted on November 10th, 2020 at 12:09 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just a reminder.  Today is the day.  Usually about  10 a.m. pacific time is when I turn in my chair to look to the north (Redmond is located to the north of me) and see what the Mothership is offering up.  I’m starting to see the updates show up in the Security portal.

    We already know there’s a zero day in Windows that was used in targeted attacks.

    Home/Consumer patchers:  Make sure you are on pause and we’ll wait to monitor for issues.  If you have a spare PC you can install updates and report back.

    Business patchers:  Start your testing.  Install on a sample of PCs and monitor for issues.  Make sure you can print and use your key line of business applications.  Remember that there’s a zero day for Windows included in this bundle.  Dustin Childs has his great write up here.

    Don’t forget about the OTHER patches we may need to be aware of.  For example Intel has just posted their security advisories.

    (As you can tell I’m still getting in the swing of things, I forgot to title up what Defcon we’re on so I’m restating it again.

    More later as we know it.

    We have updates for Office 2010:  Seriously:  https://support.microsoft.com/en-nz/help/4583503/november-2020-updates-for-microsoft-office

  • November 2020 Office non-Security Updates are now available

    Posted on November 3rd, 2020 at 13:02 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The November 2020 Office non-Security updates have been released Tuesday, November 3, 2020. They are not included in the DEFCON-3 approval for the October 2020 patches. Unless you have a specific need to install them, you should wait until Susan Bradley (Patch Lady) approves them and any problems have been reported.

    Remember, Susan’s patching sequence and recommendations are based on a business environment that has IT support and may have time constraints on the updating process. Consumer patching should be more cautious due to limited technical and mechanical resources. The latter is the reason for the AskWoody DEFCON system.

    Office 2016
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4486710)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4486680)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4484397)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB4486720)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4486712)

    There were no non-security listings for Office 2010 (which reached EOS on October 13, 2020) nor for Office 2013.
    On April 10, 2018, Office 2013 reached End of Mainstream Support. Extended Support will end for Office 2013 on April 11, 2023.
    Office 2016 also reached  End of Mainstream Support on October 13, 2020. EOS for Office 2016 is October 14, 2025.

    Updates are for the .msi version (persistent). 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).

  • October 2020 Office non-Security Updates have been released

    Posted on October 6th, 2020 at 12:54 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The October 2020 Office non-Security updates have been released Tuesday, October 6, 2020. They are not included in the DEFCON-4 approval for the September 2020 patches. Unless you have a specific need to install them, you should wait until Susan Bradley (Patch Lady) approves them and any problems have been reported.

    Remember, Susan’s patching sequence and  recommendations are based on a business environment that has IT support and may have time constraints on the updating process. Consumer patching should be more cautious due to limited technical and mechanical resources. The latter is the reason for the AskWoody DEFCON system.

    Office 2016
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4475584)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4484502)
    Update for Microsoft Visio 2016 (KB4484333)
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4486669)

    There were no non-security listings for Office 2007 (which is out of support), for Office 2010 which will reach End of Support 10/13/2020, or for Office 2013 .

    Updates are for the .msi version (persistent). 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).

  • Can you quantify the damage done by bad patches?

    Posted on September 27th, 2020 at 17:02 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’ve long concentrated on explaining patches’ bugs and how to work around them. I’ve never really tried to quantify how many PCs got hit, or what financial damage the bad patches have caused.

    Some people think that patches in the last 20 years don’t break stuff. Per Daniel Cuthbert:

    In the late 90s and early 2000s, patches used to break stuff so people never did auto-updates. 20 years later, those still think patches break the world (they do, it’s super damn rare) and yet the pro’s outweigh the cons but an entire IT industry still thinks otherwise

    Here’s a request from Mitja Kolsek that asks about damage:

    Twitter friends! I’m looking for recent (past 5 years) real-world cases where an official vendor update broke stuff AND caused considerable damage. Personal experiences as well as proofs of my poor googling skills welcome.

    So, what do you say? Have any patches in the past five years caused you or your company “considerable damage”?

  • Outlook 365 update bug with iCloud: Changing a contact throws “Your changes cannot be saved” error

    Posted on September 18th, 2020 at 04:52 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I first heard about this from WSsabfish:

    Both my wife and I are having the identical problem on our PC’s running Office 2016 (I have Windows 8.1; she has Windows 10). I believe this problem was caused by an Office update. Both computers have an iCloud account tied to them. When we attempt to change a contact in Outlook, we are greeted with a message stating “Your changes cannot be saved because you do not have permission to modify some or all of the items in this folder. Do you want to save a copy of this item in the default folder for this item?

    Microsoft has acknowledged the bug – in a one-line post to the Microsoft Answers forum:

    A fix is being worked on and ETA by end of week ~9/18.

    I’ve seen the bug reported for Office 2010, Office 2016, and Microsoft (nee Office) 365.

    We’ll see if the fix actually fixes the problem, and how it gets distributed.

  • Patch Lady – Office retail flipping to 365?

    Posted on September 17th, 2020 at 20:56 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Got this in the mail the other day

    Susan –

    Since you are the undisputed Queen of Microsoft update patches, so I wanted to share my story with you. I haven’t ever run into an update like this.

    My office computer – a Dell XPS desktop running Win10 has Microsoft Office 2016 installed. This is a stand alone set up in my home office. No network, no Exchange server. Just about the simplest set up possible.

    In August, I ran the update to Office. Afterward, I opened Outlook and was amazed at the extensive design changes. New icons, fonts, spacing, and features like the search bar had been moved. Most curious was that when starting Outlook, the splash screen said Outlook 365. I noticed similar cosmetic changes in Excel and Word.

    I thought it curious but I was very busy with some projects so I adapted and moved on. This week, I was surprised to see that all the changes disappeared! My icons, fonts etc reverted to the pre-update appearance. All the prior mentions of “365” are gone.

    I did a quick google for problems related to the update and nothing I saw mentioned temporary conversion to 365 as a feature or flaw. My computer seems to run fine and I am happier with the older design but that was just a weird sequence of events. I guess Microsoft giveth and Microsoft taketh away!

    Then also received this email

    Also, just now when I went to open a Word document I noticed it says “Office 365”.  I don’t ever remember seeing that before and I definitely don’t have the online subscription.  I bought both Word and Excel as stand alone programs two years ago and now I also notice that the screens for Word and Excel look different including the appearance of the icons.  Microsoft couldn’t have just changed my programs to subscription only programs with the Win 10 update could they?  I am so annoyed because the icons look different and I have to be sure what each on is now to avoid making a mistake.

    These are two credible reports I received that retail versions of Office got an update that caused them to get 365 “branding” as well as design changes… and then in September they got their original branding back.  Okay Microsoft… what were you up to?