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  1. Microsoft Office LTSC and 2021 are now available in public preview The next perpetual version of Office is available in public preview. What you need to know Microsoft Office Long Term Servicing Channel for Windows and Office 2021 for Mac are available in public preview. These versions of Office don't require a subscription, instead of being available as a one-time purchase. Microsoft Teams will ship with these versions of Office rather than Skype for Business. Source: Windows Central Microsoft Office Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) for Windows and Office 2021 for Mac are now available in public preview. These new versions of Office don't require a subscription but also don't receive any new features. They're intended for regulated devices that can't get updates for years at a time, devices that aren't connected to the internet, and systems that must stay locked in time. Office LTSC has all of the features from its predecessor plus a "subset of new features already available in Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise," according to a Microsoft Tech Community Post. The post does not share a list of the new features for Office LTSC. Previously, Microsoft shared that "Dynamic Arrays and XLOOKUP in Excel, dark mode support across multiple apps, and performance improvements across Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint," will be in the new version of Office LTSC. Like Windows 10 LTSC, Office LTSC will be supported for five years and be governed by the Fixed Lifecycle Policy. Unlike previous versions of Office that shipped with Skype for Business, the new versions of Office will ship with Microsoft Teams. People can still install the Skype for Business client app through Microsoft Download Center. Microsoft shares that today's announcement is just the first in a series of preview announcements for the on-premises wave. Over the coming months, the company will announce commercial previews for SharePoint and Project Server. Source: Microsoft Office LTSC and 2021 are now available in public preview
  2. Microsoft has released a new Office Insider Preview Build 14430.20030 for Windows users that registered in the Beta Channel of the Office Insider program. The new build adds no new features but includes tons of fixes for issues found in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Project. You can read the full official changelog below. Changelog Office Suite Notable fix We fixed an issue where, during the uploading of a file, the application stopped responding and the document was not syncing. Access Notable fix We fixed an issue where special characters were included in error messages. Excel Notable fixes We fixed a rendering issue in worksheets with Freeze Panes enabled for certain scrolling scenarios. We fixed an issue where localized characters appeared lower than English characters in the sheet tabs. We fixed an issue where the Find/Replace dialog only saved history for Find and not Replace (the dialog was not saving the history of what was replaced when Replace occurred). Outlook Notable fixes We fixed an issue where Read Aloud neural voice regression stopped responding. We fixed an issue that caused Room Finder to fail to load. We fixed an issue that caused reminders to intermittently display late and show the wrong time in the dialog. PowerPoint Notable fix We fixed an issue where the slide size can change during print preview. Project Notable fix We fixed an issue where, when programmatically adding new tasks to a project, the tasks may not be inserted at the correct location if the new task’s summary task is collapsed. Word Notable fixes We fixed an issue where Read Aloud neural voice regression stopped responding. We fixed an issue related to crashes when calling DCompositionCreateDevice. We fixed an issue where typing Hiragana with the Japanese input method editor (IME), with the At Mention people picker open, caused the IME to stop working. To update to the latest Microsoft Office Insider Preview Build, open any Office program and go to File> Account> Update Options> Update Now. Microsoft releases Office Insider Preview Build 14430.20030 for Windows users
  3. Microsoft has released a new Office Insider Preview Build 14420.20004 for Windows users registered in the Beta Channel of the Office Insider program. The new build adds support for new file formats such as .odt, .ods, .odp, thanks to the newest version of OpenDocument format(ODF) 1.3 om Office. Another new feature is the ability to view multiple months both horizontally and vertically in the Calendar To-Do bar. The new Office build also incldues fixes for issues found in Word, Excel, Publisher, Office Suit. You can read the full official changelog below. Changelog Word, Excel, PowerPoint Support added for OpenDocument format 1.3 Support for the newest version of OpenDocument format (ODF) 1.3 is now available in Office! The ODF 1.3 specification adds support for many features already supported by the Office Open XML (OOXML) format; these features can now be saved by Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (file extensions .odt, .ods, and .odp). To use the new format, just click File > Save As and in the Save as type field, select the OpenDocument format. Learn more > Outlook Calendar To-Do bar view displays multiple months In previous versions of Outlook, users could customize their view to show more than one “mini-month” at a time in the Calendar To-Do bar (a pane on the right side of the screen). Thanks to user feedback, we’ve brought this feature back! Now you can show multiple months both horizontally and vertically in the Calendar To-Do bar. To show the To Do bar in the Calendar module, click View > To Do Bar > Calendar, then resize the pane to show multiple months as needed. Notable Fixes We fixed an issue where an unexpected informational notification tip about shortening meetings by default appeared when creating meetings in Outlook, when the option was not configured by the Exchange administrator. Word, Excel, Publisher Notable Fixes We fixed a stability issue related to graphics during recalculation. Excel Notable Fixes We fixed an issue where, under rare circumstances, Excel could stop responding while calculating a workbook. Office Suite Notable Fixes We fixed an issue where pictures copied from Word did not preserve the Lock Aspect Ratio setting when pasted into drawing canvases in other Office applications. To update to the latest Microsoft Office Insider Preview Build, open any Office program and go to File> Account> Update Options> Update Now. New Windows Office Insider Preview Build 14420.20004 adds support for new file formats and more
  4. Microsoft has released a new Office Insider Preview Build with version number 16.53 (Build 21082406) for Mac users (Beta Channel). The latest Insider Preview Build brings no new features, but it includes fixes for issues found in Excel. You can read the full official changelog below. Changelog Excel Fixes We fixed an issue where images or shapes would appear to flash or jump when zooming in on a sheet with freeze panes enabled. We fixed an issue where Solver would open on a different desktop if Excel was running in full-screen mode. We fixed an issue which could make a cell appear blank while you’re editing the cell in the row below it. We fixed an issue where an incorrect alert message would appear when trying to change a filter on a PivotTable on a protected sheet. To update to Office Insider Preview Build, open any Office program and go to File > Account > Update options > Update now. New Office version 16.53 (Build 21082406) for Mac users in Beta Channel released, here is what’s new
  5. Microsoft has released a new Office Insider Preview Build 14405.20002 for Windows users registered in the Beta Channel of the Office Insider program. The new build appears to be mainly bug fixes, but one of those is pretty significant – a fix in Word for an auto-save bug that would cause recent edits to temporarily disappear. Moreover, the new Office build also includes fixes for issues found in Excel, Outlook, Access and the Office app. You can read the full official changelog below to know more. Changelog Word Notable Fixes We fixed an issue where enabling auto-save could cause recent edits to temporarily disappear. We fixed an issue with the comments where icons, stickers, and illustrations were not visible if they were pasted along with the text in a comment. We fixed an issue related to exporting a chart as an EMF, so the EMF has editable labels when inserted as a picture in Office. We fixed an issue where Word was failing to render the base-64 encoded, embedded GIFs in the email body. We fixed an issue with non-default ribbon configurations that could lead to the Style Gallery not functioning. We fixed an issue where the Resolve button was disabled when the focus was on a comment. Excel Notable Fixes We fixed an issue with the Insert Cells dialog in which double-clicking on one of the options was not applying the selected option and dismissing the dialog. We fixed an issue where scrolling using a mouse wheel or touch pad wasn’t working if the last row or column in the sheet was hidden. We fixed a problem where the Analysis ToolPak add-in did not work with certain Automation Security settings. Outlook Notable Fixes We fixed an issue that was allowing users to be able to download protected attachments. We fixed an error caused when forwarding large or long-running recurring meetings as ICAL. Access Notable Fixes We fixed an error that was causing tables dropped into the query design or system relationship window to appear in a different location than where they were dropped. Office Suite Notable Fixes We fixed a performance issue related to inserting or editing rows on some versions of Windows. We fixed an issue related to the following scenario: when using Create Video to export a video from a presentation at the default OneDrive location, an error message would appear saying that the location is not available. We fixed an issue where some documents were saving with an incomplete task pane. We improved behavior during file save to a location requiring user access approval. The Grant Access screen should now appear to allow user access approval. To update to the latest Microsoft Office Insider Preview Build, open any Office program and go to File> Account> Update Options> Update Now. Windows Office Insider Preview Build 114416.20006 fixes auto-save bug
  6. Microsoft has released a new Office Insider Preview Build 14405.20002 for Windows users registered in the Beta Channel of the Office Insider program. The new build adds an important new feature for those who collaborate with others on Word. The new feature adds some improvements to the Track Changes feature, giving you the power to turn on Track Changes only to yourself. Prior to this, on turning on the Track Changes feature, everyone’s changes were automatically tracked. This will no longer be the case if you select the Just Mine option by going to the Review tab and opening the dropdown menu on the Track Changes button. Moreover, the new Office build also includes fixes for issues found in Word, Excel, and Outlook. You can read the full official changelog below to know more. Changelog Word Track just your changes Collaborating with others is a key part of producing great content in Word, and the Track Changes feature is an essential part of that process. Previously, when you turned on Track Changes, everyone’s changes were automatically tracked. But sometimes you only want your own changes to be tracked, without forcing this setting on others. Now we’ve given you the power to turn on Track Changes only for yourself. To do so, go to the Review tab and open the dropdown menu on the Track Changes button; then select Just Mine. Learn more > Notable Fixes We fixed an issue where the Repeat as Header Row feature in a table was disabled in some cases. Excel Notable Fixes We fixed an issue that caused the trend line on charts with logarithmic data to not be smooth. Outlook Notable Fixes We fixed an issue related to replying to a message from an external user with a sensitivity label and we do not apply our sensitivity label default. To update to the latest Microsoft Office Insider Preview Build, open any Office program and go to File> Account> Update Options> Update Now. Windows Office Insider Preview Build 14405.20002 brings an important new feature for those who collaborate on Word
  7. Samsung and Microsoft today expanded their partnership by announcing new Microsoft Office, Teams and Outlook experiences for the newly announced Samsung foldable devices including Galaxy Z Fold3 and Galaxy Z Flip3. Find the details below. Microsoft Teams: When you unfold a Galaxy mobile device, you can see a presentation in full-screen detail and the faces of your co-workers on the Teams call underneath. Also on that Teams call, pull up the Whiteboard and draw what you’re explaining on the board with an S Pen. Microsoft Outlook: With Microsoft Outlook’s dual-pane mode for Galaxy devices, you can read a full email while previewing others on the side, just like on a desktop. Microsoft Office: You can now run two instances of the same Office app. “With the Multi-Active window, you can run multiple apps at the same time,” says Patrick Chomet, executive vice president, head of Mobile Products & Experiences at Samsung. “For example, you can open Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint and easily drag and drop a table right into your presentation. Now, you can even run two instances of the same app.” Source: Microsoft Microsoft’s Office mobile apps are now optimized for Samsung foldable smartphones
  8. Microsoft has released a new Office Insider Preview Build 14329.20000 for Windows users registered in the Beta Channel of the Office Insider program. The new build adds support for WebP image format support for Office apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook. In order to add a WebP image, navigate to the Insert > Pictures > This Device, then choose your image, and click Insert. Moreover, the new Office build also includes fixes for issues found in Excel and Word. You can read the full official changelog below to know more. Changelog Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook Add WebP images to Office creations WebP is a modern image format that offers better compression for publishing images to the web. We’ve now added support in Office apps for WebP images! To add a WebP image to your creation in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Outlook, just go to the Insert tab, select Pictures > This Device, choose your image, and click Insert. Learn more > Excel Notable Fixes We fixed an issue with switching separators after a Selection.Parent.Copy call. We fixed an issue where Excel was clearing out the value for HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\Common\UserInfo\Company in non-MSI installs of Office. Word Notable Fixes We fixed an issue with the Document.Save command. To update to the latest Microsoft Office Insider Preview Build, open any Office program and go to File> Account> Update Options> Update Now. Windows Office Insider Preview Build 14329.20000 adds WebP image format support [Version in article title corrected. Site shows wrong version 14326.20004.]
  9. Microsoft's Office apps across various operating systems such as Windows, Android, and iOS are quite heavily used by its customers, which is why the company regularly issues updates to introduce new features and enhance existing ones. It recently rolled out dark mode to its Office for Android app and now, it has announced that it is bringing File Cards this month. In a nutshell, File Cards is a UI pattern which offers you inline information about your files in a modernized way. You'll get to see contextual data about the file and who shared it with you. Additionally, the Card for each file will also offer you quick actions such as the ability to keep it offline or share it with others. The capability will be present in both the "Recent" and "Shared" tabs of the Office for Android app and you can see it in action in the attached GIF. As of now, File Cards are only be supported for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF files stored on your OneDrive Personal and Business accounts. This means that if a file is only stored locally, you won't be able to preview contextual information about it inline. However, Microsoft has noted that it plans to roll out support for on-device Word and PDF files at a later date. Microsoft has recommended updating to Office for Android version 16.0.14228.20138 to utilize the new feature. On our Android device, we received this version update on July 16 but still do not appear to have the File Cards UI, which means that it is being made available on a rolling basis. The company's wording suggests that it will be enabling the feature throughout the month so keep your eyes peeled if you're a frequent Office for Android user. Office for Android is getting File Cards this month
  10. Microsoft has released Office Insider Preview Build 14326.20046 for Insiders on Windows in the Current Channel. The new Office build adds multiple new features, including Application Guard that protects you from files that may contain harmful data. The new Office build will now open untrusted files in a secure container to make sure that these files are isolated from the rest of your data. Application Guard also allows you to use Save As to change the file type to a wide variety of options. Moreover, Microsoft has also added Modern comments to Word. As described by Microsoft, the new Modern comments feature creates a consistent commenting experience across Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and enables notifications that allow users to respond to comments directly from email notifications. In Outlook you can now use voice commands such as “add [name] to email” or “at mention [name]” to speed up the email dictation. Another useful feature is the new LAMBDA function for Excel, offering users the power of custom functions without writing code. You read the full official changelog below. Changelog Word, Excel, PowerPoint Application Guard for Office supports saving in alternative file types Application Guard is an Office feature that protects you from files that may contain harmful data, such as viruses or malware. The functionality enables you to open untrusted files in a secure container, isolated from the rest of your data. Now Application Guard allows you to use Save As to change the file type to a wide variety of options. Excel Powerful New Lambda Function Released Do you make repeated use of custom formulas or calculations in Excel, and wish you could define and reuse them? Now you can, with LAMBDA, a new feature that offers users the power of custom functions without writing code. Once you have written your function using the LAMBDA syntax, you can store it by clicking the Formulas tab, selecting Name Manager, clicking New, and entering the required information. Learn more > Improved scrolling in sheets with large cells When you are using a sheet with very large cells, sometimes the “snap to grid” functionality in Excel can make it harder to view the data you want. We’ve fixed this issue by making the scrolling much smoother—no more snapping to rows and columns. You’re now able to stop scrolling partially through a row or column, and Excel will not force the sheet to snap to the edges. Word Better collaboration with modern comments Enjoy richer collaboration in Word with the new modern comments. Users can now @mention people in comments, and post them without worrying that co-authors will see the comments before they are completed. Modern comments creates a consistent commenting experience across Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and enables notifications that allow users to respond to comments directly from email notifications. Learn more > Outlook Use voice commands to speed up email dictation In our increasingly busy world, dictating your emails in Outlook has become a very popular way to improve your efficiency. We’ve now made this feature even more powerful by adding specific voice commands, enabling you to add people to an email, mention (@name) someone in a message, and send the mail—all using only your voice. To use this feature, click the Dictate button on the Message tab for an email. Then dictate your message and try out a voice command, such as “add [name] to email” or “at mention [name],” and observe the results. Learn more > To update to the latest Office Insider Preview Build, open any Office program and go to File> Account> Update Options> Update Now. New Windows Office Insider Build 14326.20046(Current Channel) will save you from files that contain harmful data
  11. Windows Office Insider Preview Build 14326.20004 adds new Navigation pane feature, Outlook search improvements and more Microsoft has released a new Office Insider Preview Build 14326.20004 for Windows users registered in the Beta Channel of the Office Insider program. The new Office build adds a new Navigation pane feature, improved scrolling in sheets with large cells, improvements to Outlook search. The new Office build also includes fixes for issues found in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Office Suite. You can read the full official changelog below. Changelog Excel See the big picture with Navigation pane Gain a clearer view of complex workbooks with the new Navigation pane feature. The Navigation pane is a great way to better understand a workbook’s layout, view the different elements that make up the workbook, and navigate directly to those elements. To try out the feature, select the View tab and then choose the Navigation button to open the pane (or select the sequence Alt > W > K to open the pane from your keyboard). Learn more > Improved scrolling in sheets with large cells When you are using a sheet with very large cells, sometimes the “snap to grid” functionality in Excel can make it harder to view the data you want. We’ve fixed this issue by making the scrolling much smoother—no more snapping to rows and columns. You’re now able to stop scrolling partially through a row or column, and Excel will not force the sheet to snap to the edges. Notable fixes We fixed an issue occurring when saving as XML data (.xml) from workbooks containing an XML map. We fixed an issue where scrolling with touch or a touchpad would revert back to the start of the spreadsheet. Outlook Answers: Improvements to Outlook Search Outlook Search Answers is the latest development in search enhancement for Outlook, helping you find exactly what you’re looking for. Now it’s even easier to find the people, files, and calendar events you want, with Outlook surfacing the best answer as a card at the top of the results. To try it out, just search on one of those content types in the Search box at the top of the Outlook window (making sure that “Current Mailbox” is selected as the search scope). Notable fixes We fixed an issue that caused emails re-sent by a different user to appear to have been sent by the original sender, in organizations where SendFromAliasEnabled is set to True. We fixed an issue that caused delegates trying to view forwarded meeting requests in their sent items folder to see the manager’s copy of the meeting rather than the delegate’s sent item. We made a change to allow administrators to disable Always On Logging on a per-process basis via group policy. We fixed an issue that caused users to be able to download protected voice mail files. We fixed an issue where some notifications in Outlook desktop were not actionable when Office was installed on Win Server 2016. Word Notable fixes We fixed an issue where the cursor may not be visible after a page break. We fixed an issue where Word became unresponsive when updating the Table of Contents field via VBA when Track Changes was on. We fixed an issue that caused inserting a GIF to show a security notice. PowerPoint Notable fixes We fixed an issue to re-enable cropping for pictures inside SmartArt objects. We fixed an issue where, in certain situations, a user was unable to use Paste Special to paste chart content from Excel to PowerPoint. Project Notable fixes We fixed an issue where, when you applied a view or table, not all of the columns that were supposed to show up actually showed up. We fixed an issue where you couldn’t create a visual report if the project had cross-project links and fixed cost. Office Suite Notable fixes We fixed an issue where text was truncated in some languages due to increased text size. We fixed an issue with incorrect text wrapping in task panes for high-DPI displays. We fixed an issue where Fire coauthoring state changed when transitioning to None. To update to the latest Microsoft Office Insider Preview Build, open any Office program and go to File> Account> Update Options> Update Now. Windows Office Insider Preview Build 14326.20004 adds new Navigation pane feature, Outlook search improvements and more
  12. Microsoft releases new Office version 16.52 (Builds 21071804 and 21072100) for Mac users in Beta Channel Microsoft has released a new Office Insider Preview Build with version number 16.52 (Builds 21071804 and 21072100) for Mac users (Beta Channel). The latest Insider Preview Build brings new features, improvements, and fixes for issues found in Outlook. Talking about what’s new, rules for MSA accounts are now supported in Outlook. The new Office build also includes “No Results” improvements. You can read the full official changelog below. Changelog Outlook Fixes Mail: We improved tooltip validations. Mail: We fixed an issue where typing an email address was manually marked as unresolved. My Day: We fixed a UI issue where the My Day preference box was cut off in the German version of the new Outlook. Search: We fixed an issue with offline search using custom dates. Groups: We fixed the ability to copy 365 Group messages into other folders via drag and drop. We fixed a crash that was caused by dragging folders in the navigation pane. We fixed a crash that was caused after assigning priority. We improved a performance issue while composing a message. New or improved features Rules: Rules for MSA accounts are now supported. Search “No Results” Improvement: If the to: and from: filters on the user query results in a no-result scenario, then to help the user find the email they’re looking for, we convert the query to a keyword search. To update to Office Insider Preview Build, open any Office program and go to File > Account > Update options > Update now. Microsoft releases new Office version 16.52 (Builds 21071804 and 21072100) for Mac users in Beta Channel
  13. New Windows Office Insider Preview Build 14315.20008 now available for Beta Channel subscribers Microsoft has released a new Office Insider Preview Build 14315.20008 for Windows users registered in the Beta Channel of the Office Insider program. The new Office build brings no new features but offers bug fixes for Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint. You can read the full official changelog below. Changelog Word Notable fixes We fixed an issue where the application unexpectedly closed when inserting a link in a comment. Outlook Notable fixes We fixed an issue where a user was unable to open or preview emails. PowerPoint Notable fixes We fixed an issue where an exception caused an unexpected close of the application. To update to the latest Microsoft Office Insider Preview Build, open any Office program and go to File> Account> Update Options> Update Now. New Windows Office Insider Preview Build 14315.20008 now available for Beta Channel subscribers
  14. Microsoft releases Windows Office Insider Preview Build 14312.20008, here is what’s new Microsoft has released a new Office Insider Preview Build 14312.20008 in the Beta Channel for Windows users. The new Office build adds a new feature for Outlook, bug fixes for issues found in Word and Excel. Talking about what’s new in this update, Outlook will no provide a link to create an Outlook.com account when you try to add an account to Outlook. Beyond this, the new Office update includes no new features. You can read the full official changelog below. Changelog Outlook Link to Create Outlook.com Account When adding an account to Outlook, a link to create a new Outlook.com account now appears in the window. Word Notable Fixes We fixed an issue where proofing settings didn’t persist. We fixed an issue where bullets could disappear from text during co-authoring. We fixed an issue related to saving files. Excel Notable Fixes We fixed an issue where small data markers disappeared when the spreadsheet zoomed out. We fixed an issue where a different workbook was opened when a workbook had to be closed and re-opened because it was modified and checked in by a different user. We fixed an issue for protected files with no label metadata; the label is determined by the protection. Mandatory labeling now uses label metadata and label policy. To update to the latest Microsoft Office Insider Preview Build, open any Office program and go to File> Account> Update Options> Update Now. Microsoft releases Windows Office Insider Preview Build 14312.20008, here is what’s new
  15. Microsoft is rolling out the visual refresh of Office apps for Windows 11 and Windows 10 devices Last week, along with the release of the first Windows 11 Preview Build, Microsoft announced a major visual update for Office apps on Windows. You can read about the visual refresh of Office apps on Windows here. After a short delay, Microsoft has now started the rollout of the much-anticipated visual refresh. This update will be available to Office Insiders running Beta Channel builds 14301.20004 or later on Windows 11 or Windows 10. The visual refresh is rolling out in stages and is currently available to Beta Channel users running Version 2108 Build 14301.20004 or later on Windows 11 or Windows 10. Source: Microsoft Microsoft is rolling out the visual refresh of Office apps for Windows 11 and Windows 10 devices
  16. Microsoft Office July updates fix Outlook crashes, performance issues Microsoft released the July 2021 non-security Microsoft Office updates with improvements and fixes for crashes and issues affecting Windows Installer (MSI) editions of Office 2016 products. KB5001980 addresses intermittent crashes when Outlook 2016 reconnects to an Exchange server, as well as some graphics and performance issues in long-running sessions of Outlook. This month's KB5001971 update also enables dBASE files with longer file names to work with the Microsoft Access database management system in Standard, Professional, Professional Plus, Office Home and Student, and Home and Business editions of Office 2016. One week ago, Microsoft resolved issues and updated features for Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise, Microsoft 365 Apps for business, and the subscription versions of the desktop apps for Project and Visio. The issues addressed in Current Channel updates for Microsoft 365 Apps include Outlook bugs causing performance issues on ARM64 devices and translation options to be disabled for some users. Last month, in the June 2021 Patch Tuesday, Microsoft also patched multiple remote code execution security vulnerabilities impacting the entire Microsoft Office suite, Excel, Outlook, and SharePoint. Some Office non-security updates may need a reboot The Office July 2021 non-security updates can be manually installed from the Download Center or automatically using the Microsoft Update service. These updates apply to Microsoft Installer (.msi)-based Office products only and do not apply to Office subscription or Office 2016 Click-to-Run editions like Microsoft Office 365 Home. After installing some of this month's Microsoft Office updates, you may also need to reboot your computer for the installation process to complete. If your Office installation starts misbehaving after installing the July Office updates, you can uninstall them using the following steps: Go to Start, enter View Installed Updates in the Search Windows box, and then press Enter. In the list of updates, locate and select the offending update, and then select Uninstall. Microsoft Office July updates fix Outlook crashes, performance issues
  17. Microsoft releases new Office Insider Build 14217.20002 for Windows users Microsoft has released a new Office Insider Preview Build 14217.20002(Beta Channel) for Windows users. The new Office Insider Preview build adds improvements to Outlook but adds no new features. Apart from that, you get a ton of fixes for issues found in Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project. You can read the full official changelog below. Changelog Outlook Improvements for default and mandatory labeling Sensitivity labels let you classify and protect your organization’s data, while making sure that user productivity and the ability to collaborate isn’t hindered. We’ve now improved the functionality for default and mandatory labeling in Outlook. Outlook clients that use built-in labeling will now also enforce the existing PowerShell label policy advanced settings DisableMandatoryInOutlook and OutlookDefaultLabel, previously supported only by the Azure Information Protection unified labeling client. If you have already configured these settings for your organization, they will now be enforced in Outlook clients. Learn more > Notable Fixes We fixed an issue where hyperlinks, including digits, would be broken when composing a message in a right-to-left language. Word Notable fixes We fixed an issue where enabling auto-save could cause recent edits to temporarily disappear. We fixed an issue with scrolling in the comments pane. We fixed an issue where header/footer text was not clearly visible in print preview when the Office theme was set to black. Excel Notable Fixes We fixed issue where chart axis values could not be changed if both the thousand and decimal separators use the same symbol. PowerPoint Notable fixes We fixed an issue related to SmartArt nodes having Change Shape disabled. Project Notable fixes We fixed an issue where engagements created in the Project Web App might not load properly in the Project desktop client if the resource name had special characters, such as a semicolon. We fixed an issue where, when the project option “Project should calculate costs” is disabled, the time-phased cost values might not have been correctly baselined for cost-type resources. We fixed an issue where project-level enterprise custom fields with lookup tables were not showing a value in the Project desktop client. We fixed an issue where saving a local project to Project Web App could change a previously saved baseline. To update to the latest Microsoft Office Insider Preview Build, open any Office program and go to File> Account> Update Options> Update Now. Microsoft releases new Office Insider Build 14217.20002 for Windows users
  18. Microsoft Office MSGraph vulnerability could lead to code execution Microsoft today will release a patch for a vulnerability affecting the Microsoft Office MSGraph component, responsible for displaying graphics and charts, that could be exploited to execute code on a target machine. Because the component can be embedded in most Office documents, an attacker can use it to deliver a malicious payload without the need for special functions. Legacy code Tracked as CVE-2021-31939, the security flaw is part of a larger set of security vulnerabilities that researchers at Check Point discovered in MSGraph and reported to Microsoft. The reason the researchers focused on testing MSGraph for security flaws is that it contains code that is at least 17 years old and has an attack surface that is similar to Microsoft Equation Editor, where bugs fixed in 2017 continue to be heavily exploited to this day. MSGraph editor embedded in a Microsoft Excel document Details about the vulnerability are lacking at this point, as the bug received an identifier only recently. However, Check Point notes in a report today that CVE-2021-31939 is a use-after-free (UAF). This type of flaw consists of incorrect use of dynamic memory during program operation and can lead to arbitrary code execution on the system. According to the researchers, the issue is in a MSGraph file parsing function, which “is commonly used across multiple different Microsoft Office products, such as Excel (EXCEL.EXE), Office Online Server (EXCELCNV.EXE) and Excel for OSX.” Check Point’s public disclosure today includes three other security flaws discovered in the Microsoft Office MSGraph component, all of them patched last month: CVE-2021-31174 - out-of-bounds read (OOBR) vulnerability leading to information disclosure in Microsoft Excel (medium severity); affects MSGraph, Office Online, and Microsoft Excel CVE-2021-31178 - integer underflow to out-of-bounds read (OOBR) vulnerability leading to information disclosure (medium severity) CVE-2021-31179 - memory corruption vulnerability leading to remote code execution (high severity) All the flaws were discovered through fuzzing, a testing technique where code is bombarded with various input to find errors and security vulnerabilities. The exceptions generated this way include crashes and memory leaks that could lead to exploitation. The researchers say that all four vulnerabilities can be embedded in most Office documents, leaving room for multiple attack scenarios with the vulnerability being triggered once the victim opens a malicious Office file. "If exploited, the vulnerabilities would grant an attacker the ability to execute malicious code on targets via specially crafted Office documents," Check Point told BleepingComputer. “Since the entire Office suite has the ability to embed Excel objects, this broadens the attack vector, making it possible to execute such an attack on almost any Office software, including Word, Outlook and others” - Check Point Check Point reported the vulnerabilities to Microsoft on February 28 and three of them were patched last month. CVE-2021-31939 received its tracking identifier at a later date and is scheduled to receive a patch today. Microsoft Office MSGraph vulnerability could lead to code execution
  19. Microsoft releases new Office Insider Build 14131.20008 for Windows users, here is what’s new Microsoft has released a new Office Insider Preview Build 14131.20008(Beta Channel) for Windows users. The new Office Insider Preview build adds no new features, instead, you get a ton of fixes for issues found in Word, PowerPoint, Office Suit. You can read the full official changelog below. Changelog Word Notable fixes We fixed an issue where comment replies were sometimes lost when coauthoring with multiple users. We fixed an issue where character spacing increased for specific fonts when rotating them 90 degrees. PowerPoint Notable fixes We fixed an issue to ensure that a file saved using the Retry Save button on the bus bar is added to the Recent List. Office Suite Notable fixes We fixed an issue where the CLP feature previously caused unprompted saves to the SyncBacked file (File synced by OneDrive). We fixed an issue where the user was unable to edit files stored in OnPrem servers. To update to the latest Microsoft Office Insider Preview Build, open any Office program and go to File> Account> Update Options> Update Now. Microsoft releases new Office Insider Build 14131.20008 for Windows users, here is what’s new
  20. Microsoft releases Windows Office Insider Preview Build 14117.20000 (Beta Channel) Microsoft has released a new Office Insider Preview Build 14117.20000(Beta Channel) for Windows users. The new Office build adds a new feature to Outlook. The new feature tells you when and where you last signed into your account. Also, users will get alerts when any suspicious activity is detected. Apart from that, it brings fixes for a plethora of issues found in Word, Excel, PowerPoint. You can read the full official changelog below. CHANGELOG Outlook Sign in information Outlook now tells you when and where you last signed into your account, and alerts you if any suspicious sign-in activity is detected. To check it out, click File > Info and look at the information provided under Most Recent Login. Word Notable fixes We fixed an issue where a Save As error message was displayed even after a user chose to discard changes. We fixed an issue where signing in with a different account could result in a crash. We fixed an issue that prevented images from being posted in modern comments. We fixed an issue where the Reviewing pane could scroll or appear to scroll but didn’t align with selected comment. We fixed an issue that caused the selection in the document to not be cleared when clicking outside a newly created comment. We fixed an issue where comments aren’t highlighted when selected. We fixed an issue where the wrong field is getting updated when running a macro if editing restrictions are applied. We fixed an issue where some files don’t open because of corrupt bookmarks. Excel Notable fixes We fixed an issue where signing in with a different account could result in a crash. We fixed an issue related to two-finger scrolling when using freeze panes. We fixed an issue related to out of memory issues when printing on large-format printers. We fixed an issue that impacted the performance of VLOOKUP and INDEX/MATCH when filling a large amount of data. We fixed an issue that caused dynamic arrays to not update cell values when referenced by RealTimeData functions. PowerPoint Notable fixes We fixed an issue where signing in with a different account could result in a crash. We fixed an issue that prevented copying from the speaker notes pane while in Read Only mode. To update to the latest Microsoft Office Insider Preview Build, open any Office program and go to File> Account> Update Options> Update Now. Source: Microsoft releases Windows Office Insider Preview Build 14117.20000(Beta Channel)
  21. Monthly Office Insiders build for Mac users out with 'Share to Teams' for Outlook and more As it does every month, Microsoft has released the Office Insider build for Current Channel users on macOS for the month of May. The update bumps the build to 16.49.21050201 and brings with it a bunch of new features and Teams integrations to the suite of apps. First up is PowerPoint, which is getting a new ‘Present in Teams’ button that helps users directly begin a slideshow in a Teams meeting. The button is situated in the top right corner of the menu bar and the firm says that the feature makes it easier to present to users’ audience, especially with remote meetings becoming the norm. The firm also highlighted the support for linked data types in Excel. The company has been working to add a number of new, non-traditional data types over the past year, letting users pull in data not only from the web and other data sources but also create custom data types from the likes of PowerBI. The feature also provides smart templates for commonly used data types such as templates for the periodic table, stars and constellations, and more. Excel is also receiving a new ‘Accessibility Checker’ in the review tab that enables a contextual Accessibility ribbon to helps users create content that is friendly for those with accessibility needs. Next up are improvements to Outlook. The email client is getting the Share to Teams feature unveiled in February this year, letting users easily share a copy of email messages to a Teams chat and comes with the capability to attach files. Users that do not have the desktop client installed can opt to use the web-based add-in, which can be installed via the More Options menu in the toolbar. Lastly, a nifty addition coming to Outlook for the Mac is the option to save meeting invites along with attendee names. Previously, the addition of attendees would automatically update the ‘Save’ button to ‘Send’. Now, the tool offers the option to save a meeting invite, which is accessed from the drop-down next to the ‘Send’ button. Source: Monthly Office Insiders build for Mac users out with 'Share to Teams' for Outlook and more
  22. Latest Android Office Insider Build allows you to know who is collaborating with you Microsoft has released a new Office Insider Preview Build for Android users. The new Office Insider Preview Build 16.0.14026.20006 brings a new useful feature for Word, and that’s about it. It includes no other changes, nor does it adds bug fixes and performance improvements. Talking about the new feature, the latest Office Insider Build allows Word users to know who is editing their Word documents. Those who are collaborating with you will be represented by two-letter initials. Beyond that, you’ll also be able to know the location of the person that’s collaborating with you. You can read the full official changelog below. What’s new in Office Insider Build 16.0.14026.20006: Word Know who is collaborating with you By checking the two-letter initials representing each person who is editing the current document, you can easily identify the “location” of your co-authors. If you’re not a part of the Office Insider program, you can join Office Insider for Android by following a few simple steps. You can click on this link for a step by step installation guide. Source: Latest Android Office Insider Build allows you to know who is collaborating with you
  23. Microsoft fixes Office issue causing memory, disk space errors Microsoft has addressed a known issue causing memory or disk space errors when opening some documents using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, or other Microsoft Office apps. This known issue only affects customers who have installed Microsoft Office apps from the Microsoft Store and are trying to open an Office document that triggers the Protected View feature. Protected View is an Office feature that opens documents in read-only mode and disables most editing functions for documents received as email attachments or opened from an unsafe location (the Internet, someone else's OneDrive storage, etc.). Only customers using Microsoft Office on devices running Windows 10, version 20H2 or Windows 10, version 2004 are impacted by this known issue. Users encountering this issue will see a "Microsoft Excel cannot open or save any more documents because there is not enough available memory or disk space" error. Microsoft Office memory/disk space error Microsoft has resolved the issue using Known Issue Rollback (KIR), a Windows 10 capability Redmond uses to revert buggy non-security fixes delivered through Windows Update. The fix is rolling out to all affected customers, but it might take up to 24 hours to propagate to all non-managed Windows systems. If you want to apply the fix faster, restarting the device might help according to the known issue's entry on the Windows 10 Health dashboard. "For enterprise-managed devices that have installed an affected update and encountered this issue, it can be resolved by installing and configuring a special Group Policy," Microsoft added. "Devices need to be restarted after configuring the special Group Policy. To find out more about using Group Policies, see Group Policy Overview." Fix for Windows 10 printing crashes in the works Microsoft is also working on resolving a known issue causing blue screen errors on Windows 10 computers printing to some network printers after installing the March 2021 cumulative updates. Redmond confirmed the issue behind system crashes on devices running Windows 10 1803 or later after BleepingComputer reported a wave of user complaints regarding system crashes when printing. The company has also shared a temporary fix for the Windows 10 printing crashes, which requires enabling Direct Printing or applying the PrinterIsolationAware fix to affected apps. Source: Microsoft fixes Office issue causing memory, disk space errors
  24. Microsoft releases Windows Office Insider Build 13901.20148 (Current Channel), here is what’s new Microsoft has released Office Insider Preview Build 13901.20148 for Insiders on Windows in the Current Channel. The new Office build adds new features to Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, and Visio. Talking about what’s new, the latest Office build brings Dark Mode for Word documents, AutoSave, and coauthoring on encrypted documents. The new Office build also includes a new conference room and workspace booking experience for Outlook. You can read the full official changelog below. Changelog Excel, PowerPoint, Word AutoSave and coauthoring on sensitive encrypted documents Don’t trade off productivity for security. With Microsoft Information Protection, documents that are encrypted with sensitivity labels can now be AutoSaved and co-authored with others in real time just like unencrypted documents can. Requires tenant opt-in. Word Dark Mode for Word documents Dark Mode may help reduce eye strain and accommodate light sensitivity while working on your documents. Learn more > Outlook New conference room and workspace booking experience The conference room booking experience has been refreshed, and with it we’ve added capabilities to allow you to schedule individual workspaces as well. Visio Office icons have a new look The product icons have been redesigned to reflect simple, powerful, and intelligent Office experiences. Learn more > To update to the latest Office Insider Preview Build, open any Office program and go to File> Account> Update Options> Update Now. Microsoft releases Windows Office Insider Build 13901.20148 (Current Channel), here is what’s new
  25. Microsoft releases new macOS Office Insider Build for Insiders in the Current Channel, here is what’s new Microsoft has released a new macOS Office Insider Preview Build 16.46.21020701 for insiders in the Current Channel. The latest Office build brings a new feature that allows you to create content in Word with your voice with the new dictation toolbar, voice commands, and auto punctuation support. Beyond that, the update also includes new features for PowerPoint. You can read the full official changelog below. CHANGELOG Word Dictation just got better It’s now easier to create content with your voice with the new dictation toolbar, voice commands, and auto-punctuation support. PowerPoint Create GIFs with transparent backgrounds When exporting to an Animated GIF, a new option will allow you to make the background transparent. Export animated GIFs in a range Select a range of slides when exporting to animated GIF. To update to Office Insider Preview Build, open any Office program and go to File > Account > Update options > Update now. Source: Microsoft releases new macOS Office Insider Build for Insiders in the Current Channel, here is what’s new
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