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  • …..annnnnd they are out – Patch Tuesday for May 2021

    Posted on May 11th, 2021 at 13:02 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    As usual we will be watching for the issues.

    Businesses:  If you are a small to med business with Exchange – you have work again as there’s Exchange bugs being fixed including one that’s been publicly disclosed.

    Consumers and home users – obviously too early to tell if there are side effects this month. All of the documented known issues at this time are “leftoverisms” from prior months or only impact Enterprises. I’ll be starting my personal testing on my spare machines and will report in.

    There are some patches impacting wireless networking and bluetooth that I will be keeping a close eye on to see if they cause any interactions.

    Remember 1909 has reached it’s end of life, when we flip back to Defcon 4, you need to take action to be on 20H2 as soon as the all clear is given.

    While you are in wait and see mode, don’t forget to update your iphones and android phones and tablets. As always let’s be extra careful out here as we wait to see the impact.

    Outlook click to run is the first having issues. Microsoft is aware and investigating. Note I am on the semi-annual channel and not seeing this.


  • The May 2021 Office non-Security Updates have been published

    Posted on May 4th, 2021 at 15:10 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The May 2021 Office non-Security updates have been released Tuesday, May 4, 2021. They are not included in the DEFCON-4 approval for the April 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 (KB4462117)
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4493155)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB5001921)

    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).