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

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.




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44 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?
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44 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.
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44 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"
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44 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. :-)
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44 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') .
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44 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.
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44 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.


Of course IBM recommends Lotus, they acquired them in 1995.

The fact is a Word, Excel, Powerpoint document is the international standard for office productivity. Sure PDF has changed that slightly but Office will always be around.

I'm not saying you MUST use Office, because plenty of programs can modify a MS Office document like you had stated. The day you can send a Pages document instead of a Word .doc would be the day all crime in the world would end.
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44 months ago
So uh, where do you customize the ribbon? I don't see any option.

And only Microsoft would use the word "XML" to describe toolbar customization...
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44 months ago

Are you running El Capitan? Please let us know how it runs!:)

According to MS, this update does not fix the El Capitan crash problems:
Update on Office 2016 for Mac, El Capitan
On October 13, 2015, we released an update ('https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3097264') 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.
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Update-on-Office-2016-for-Mac-El-Capitan-4dc92cb5-57d1-43d3-aec7-6076b0da547f?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US&fromAR=1
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44 months ago
Honestly, I think that the people here who claim that MS Office is no longer necessary... Simply haven't had very many jobs. I am in academia which is pretty much the most Apple-friendly environment you are going to find (just look at any university classroom).... And MS Office is completely still necessary.

It is true that there are better word processors, but at the end of the day, you are probably still converting your document over to Word and making sure it opens nicely in MS Word. PP and Excel, I don't know much about, though I hear that Excel is very powerful on PCs.

I use Scrivener, and I have used Mellel and a few of the others like Nisus. Great word processors. At the end of the day, the only format really acceptable is .doc or .docx and it has to also open without formatting issues in MS Word.

As for every other job I've had... MS Office has been the standard (and no substitutes allowed).

I'm sure there are some out there that don't require it (i.e. IBM because they have their own software), but it currently dominates the market generally.
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