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OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 Public Release Coming Soon With Fixes for Office 2016, Mail, and More

The upcoming OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan release, which is expected to be released in the very near future, will include a compatibility update for Microsoft Office 2016 to fix ongoing crashing issues, MacRumors has learned. Since OS X El Capitan was released in late September, some Office 2016 users have found the software to be nearly unusable due to frequent crashes or an inability to open the Office apps at all.

Microsoft informed customers it was aware of the problem nearly two weeks ago and said it was "actively working with Apple" on a fix, hinting the problem was on Apple's end and wasn't something Microsoft could fix alone.

Microsoft did update Office 2016 earlier this week, adding new features and security enhancements, but admitted it did not fix any El Capitan bugs in an accompanying support document. At that time, Microsoft said it was working with Apple to "ensure resolution with the next update of OS X 10.11 El Capitan."

Apple's most recent OS X 10.11.1 beta for developers and public beta testers was released Wednesday afternoon, with Apple asking developers to focus on Mail and Office 2016. The upcoming OS X 10.11.1 release will also fix several issues with Mail regarding missing server information and a bug that prevents the display of messages and mailboxes within the app. The update also includes dozens of new emoji from Unicode 7 and 8, including taco, burrito, cheese wedge, unicorn head, middle finger, popcorn, and more.

Office 2011 users were also experiencing issues with crashing and with a non-functional Outlook app, but Microsoft was able to fix those bugs with an Office 2011 update that was released on October 7.

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13 months ago
Apple's point of view:
Emoji > anything else
Rating: 14 Votes
13 months ago
The office one gets me.. if only Microsoft had access to OS betas over the previous months, this all could have been avoided. Oh wait...
Rating: 11 Votes
13 months ago
Apple trollin' Microsoft by breaking Office?
Rating: 9 Votes
13 months ago
Fix the freaking wifi issues, wifi stops working and only works after restart
Rating: 5 Votes
13 months ago

The office one gets me.. if only Microsoft had access to OS betas over the previous months, this all could have been avoided. Oh wait...

Reading this over and over is getting boring .... In my personal experience, Office 2016 worked fine through all the El Cap betas and only broke when the GM came out. What was your experience?
Rating: 4 Votes
13 months ago

Are you implying my expectations are fantasy? As an Office 365 subscriber I expect better from Microsoft - I expect a working product. As it stands, the whole suite still crashes, though things have progressed by leaps and bounds since the laughable instability of the early Office 2016 betas. That said, I don't know what the strategy is going forward, while finally using modern code the suite is still 32-bit and absolutely unwieldy in install and update size. El Capitan also completely broke the OneDrive for Business sync client.

If the bug is being fixed by an OS update, I think it's a fairly safe conclusion that the show stoppers likely weren't on Microsoft's end. At the very least, they weren't all on Microsoft's end.

Microsoft's public/consumer facing software arm has two major money makers. Office and Windows. Even if they don't pay a lot of mind to OS X as a favored OS to support, they're not gonna staff a development team that doesn't think to test the software on betas of the next major OS release for a major system vendor.
Rating: 4 Votes
13 months ago
Can't come soon enough as it apparently also fixes the AU issues that have prevented me from upgrading on day one for the first time.
Rating: 3 Votes
13 months ago
I swear to all things holy, why Apple cannot do Mail is utterly beyond me.
When was the last time it worked? Snow leopard, that is when I believe it functioned with Exchange, Mobile Me, and others.

Damn, fix it already- they act like it is some insurmountable task.
Rating: 3 Votes
13 months ago

Yet the growing open/save dialogue box as reported by 'Mac Performance Guide' is addressable by doing a clean install

Wanna bet it's addressable by removing a prefs file or kext?

Clean install does not solve the vast majority of problems. It solved none of the problems I mentioned and am struggling with. Further more, I would argue that if a clean install is ever necessary then the OS developer and/or installer developer screwed up.

Also, the change in the Disk Utility isn't a 'bug' or a 'fault' but by deliberate design - just because you don't like something doesn't make it automatically a bug no matter how much you'd like to stamp your feet and throw a temper tantrum.

I spent an hour fighting with the new Disk Utility the other night before giving up and booting from a Mavericks backup on an external HDD to use the old Disk Utility.

When I create four partitions, is it "by design" that Disk Utility creates two, picking the names randomly from the four I typed? (Yes, I tried this repeatedly to see if there was rhyme or reason. It was random.)

Is it "by design" that the partition button is typically grayed out when it should be available, with no indication as to why? (I'm still not sure what the rules are.)

When a drive is unmounted...and therefore should be available for ANY it "by design" that Disk Utility lets you go through the work of doing something like setting up partitions, only to complain that it can't finish because the drive isn't journaled? (Why does that matter if I'm ERASING the drive?)

Crashes leaving you wonder about the state of your drive? Is that by design to?

Don't tell me I "just don't like" something and am "throwing a tantrum." I spent time with the new Disk Utility to see if I was doing something wrong. Then to document the problems for feedback to Apple. It is broken even if you like the new UI.

if you were a power user then you'd simply using the diskutil from terminal and have all the power/flexibility that is available. Apple has simplified the GUI for the masses and if you want to go beyond basic functionality then open up the terminal.

The GUI is worse. I'm pretty sure the novice users I know would scream trying to setup multiple partitions with the pie UI.

As far as your "power users memorize command lines" comment: I thought that silliness died in the 90's. Unless you use a command every day it becomes difficult to remember, which is why we built GUIs. And when a command is not right on your fingertips it becomes a question: did I type all that right? NOT a question I want to ask when messing with drives.
Rating: 2 Votes
13 months ago
How can an operating system that only has to run on five different models always need so many on going fixes?
I could understand it if it had to run on millions of iterations of different hardware like Linux or Windows does.
But five different models?
Rating: 2 Votes

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