Microsoft Updates Office 2016 Apps With Security Fixes, Feature Improvements [Updated]

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Microsoft today released updates for each of its Office 2016 apps, introducing feature improvements, security enhancements, and bug fixes to Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. All apps have been updated with a security fix for vulnerabilities that could allow remote code execution should a user open a specially crafted Office file.

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All of the apps have also gained new Chinese and Japanese default fonts and improvements to the Visual Basic Editor that allows users to add modules and references and use debug shortcuts. Other fixes and improvements are listed below:

Outlook
- Improved VoiceOver support for weather in the Calendar feature.
- Email address is now included in the default message attribution when you reply and -forward.
- Message list is now displayed correctly when you switch folders by having the Reading Pane turned off.
- Improved Reminders functionality to reduce CPU consumption.
- Improved use of advanced search operators for non-English languages.

Word
- Ribbon extensibility. Use ribbon customization XML to customize the ribbon the way that you want it.
- Custom paper sizes in Page Setup are now supported.
- Find/Replace is corrected to move to the next matched word when Track Changes is turned on.
- Fixed crashes that occur when you use Mail Merge together with Outlook.
- Headers/Footers: Page numbering: Number of Pages option is corrected to display numbers greater than two digits.

Excel
- Ribbon extensibility. Use ribbon customization XML to customize the ribbon the way that you want it.
- Improved support for pasting from external applications.
- Scroll bars now correctly respect OS X scroll bar settings

PowerPoint
- Ribbon extensibility. Use ribbon customization XML to customize the ribbon the way that you want it.

It is not clear if today's Office 2016 update fixes problems that Office users have been having with Office 2016 and OS X El Capitan, as Microsoft does not outline specific fixes for those issues in the software release notes. Problems with Office 2016 and OS X El Capitan include frequent crashing, inaccessible email, and an inability to open some apps.

Microsoft has also released an update for Office 2011 that preserves ribbon customization in documents and allows calendar events with online meeting details to be edited in Outlook for Mac and opened in Outlook for Windows. Microsoft previously released an Office 2011 update that fixed issues users were having with OS X El Capitan.

The updates can be downloaded through Microsoft's AutoUpdate tool which is available within each app. The updates are available for OS X Yosemite and later.

Update October 14 11:18 AM: Microsoft has posted a support document acknowledging that this update does not address the crashing issues under OS X El Capitan and suggesting the fixes will require an update to El Capitan itself.

On October 13, 2015, we released an update to Office 2016 for Mac containing great new features, security fixes, and stability improvements. This update doesn’t address the issues experienced by Office customers with OS X 10.11 El Capitan. We are actively working with Apple to ensure resolution with the next update of OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

Top Rated Comments

Traverse Avatar
69 months ago

OMGGGGG. Macrumors! I waaant Apple news, not this stuff. Whawhawha!!! :(

Do you really think Office for Mac news is irrelevant to most Mac users on MacRumors?
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
oneMadRssn Avatar
69 months ago

Not really.

I work at IBM and we actively encourage using Lotus Symphony instead of Office. We also use Open Office and iWork. Google Drive is the only thing that we say you absolutely should not use (because Google scrapes the documents).

And IBM moves at glacier speeds. If IBM not only allows, but encourages, using alternatives to Microsoft Office, I think that most companies have probably stopped considering Microsoft Office to be a must-have.

I actually think it's the other way around. IBM moves so slow, they haven't gotten around to starting to use Microsoft Office yet. :-)
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AtheistP3ace Avatar
69 months ago

Mac for Office '16 was using a large amount of HD space then the issues after the upgrade to El Capitan (Spanish for "The Capitan") happened so I ripped Office off of my machine like the dirty dog it is.

Haha. This made me laugh because it reminded me of that Chris Farley skit he did on SNL.

"I am el nino which is spanish for the nino"
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ArtOfWarfare Avatar
69 months ago

Microsoft Office still is necessary, and it probably always will be.

Not really.

I work at IBM and we actively encourage using Lotus Symphony instead of Office. We also use Open Office and iWork. Google Drive is the only thing that we say you absolutely should not use (because Google scrapes the documents).

And IBM moves at glacier speeds. If IBM not only allows, but encourages, using alternatives to Microsoft Office, I think that most companies have probably stopped considering Microsoft Office to be a must-have.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TSquared26 Avatar
69 months ago
Mac for Office '16 was using a large amount of HD space then the issues after the upgrade to El Capitan (Spanish for "The Capitan") happened so I ripped Office off of my machine like the dirty dog it is.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kwokaaron Avatar
69 months ago
Just thought that you guys would want to know that Microsoft AutoUpdate itself is updated as well to 3.2.0 ('https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=625065') .
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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