Release notes for Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel (Preview)

These release notes provide information about new features and non-security updates that are included in Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel (Preview) updates for Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise, Microsoft 365 Apps for business, and the subscription versions of the desktop apps for Project and Visio.

Version 2108: September 14

Version 2108 (Build 14326.20404)

Security updates listed here

Feature updates

Excel

  • Save shapes as pictures: In just a few clicks, save a shape, icon, or other object as a picture file so you can reuse it elsewhere. Learn more

  • SVG Clipboard Support: You can now paste SVG content from Office into 3rd party apps. Learn more

  • Automatically use new data types: When you type a data value that resembles a stock or a geographic location, Excel offers to convert it to the right connected data type - Stocks or Geography. Learn more

  • Tell your stories with animated GIFs: Animated GIFs are now supported in the Office editor - your documents just got snazzier

  • Unhide many sheets at the same time: No need to unhide one sheet at a time anymore -- unhide multiple hidden sheets at once. Learn more

  • Improved Conditional Formatting dialogs: Conditional Formatting dialogs are now resizable, and now you can duplicate the rule with a single click. Learn more

  • Help protect your data from malicious files: Application Guard helps protect you from malware by letting you read, print, and save Office files in an isolated container. Learn more

  • Require users to apply sensitivity labels: Users will be prompted to apply a sensitivity label if their organization's policy requires it.

  • Government customers: Apply sensitivity labels to your documents and emails: Sensitivity labeling features are now available for customers in the GCC, GCC-H and DoD environments. Learn more

  • Government customers: Apply sensitivity labels to your documents and emails: Sensitivity labeling features are now available for customers in the DoD environments. Learn more

Outlook

  • Delete conversation by message owner: This feature allows you to delete a conversation by message owner.

  • Improved links in email: When you include a link to a file, the file name replaces the URL. You can change permissions so all recipients have access. Learn more
    See details in blog post

  • Focused Inbox settings remain the same across devices: Your Focused Inbox preferences are now stored in the cloud. Enjoy the same experience when you use Outlook for Windows on any computer and Outlook on the web. Learn more

  • SVG Clipboard Support: You can now paste SVG content from Office into 3rd party apps. Learn more

  • Tell your stories with animated GIFs: Animated GIFs are now supported in the Office editor - your documents just got snazzier

  • Your Outlook settings in the cloud: Choose your Outlook for Windows settings like Automatic Replies, Focused Inbox, and Privacy, and get to them on any PC.

  • Pick where to search: The new search scope drop down allows you to more easily modify your search and switch between Current Folder and Current Mailbox. Thank you to everyone in Coming Soon who provided feedback on the new Search at Top experience. This design and update came out of that feedback!

  • Build in time between back-to-back meetings: Give attendees time to catch their breath or travel between locations by setting meetings to start 5-10 min late by default. Learn more

  • Every meeting online: Update your calendar settings to make every meeting you create a Teams Meeting by default so you no longer need to remember to click the Teams Meeting option.

  • Get meeting suggestions when you search for a person: When you type a person’s name in the Search box, the most relevant email containing calendar invites will be included with your search suggestions.

  • Get relevant file suggestions when you search: When you type in the Search box, the most relevant files related to your search will be included in your suggestions.

  • Break the language barrier with a built-in translator: Add-ins for translation aren't required anymore! You can now use the Intelligent Translator in Outlook. When you receive a message in another language, a prompt will appear on top of the message asking if you’d like Outlook to translate it to your default language. You can also right-click to translate specific words, phrases, or the whole message. Learn more

  • Share to Teams: Share messages from Outlook with a person or channel in Teams.

  • Draft messages with your voice: Use the new dictation toolbar, voice commands, auto-punctuation, and more to compose messages. Learn more

  • Government customers: Apply sensitivity labels to your documents and emails: Sensitivity labeling features are now available for customers in the GCC, GCC-H and DoD environments. Learn more

  • Link to Create Outlook.com Account: When adding an account to Outlook, a link to create a new outlook.com account appears in the window.

  • Every meeting online: Update your calendar settings to make every meeting you create a Teams Meeting by default so you no longer need to remember to click the Teams Meeting option.

  • Government customers: Apply sensitivity labels to your documents and emails: Sensitivity labeling features are now available for customers in the DoD environments. Learn more

PowerPoint

  • SVG Clipboard Support: You can now paste SVG content from Office into 3rd party apps. Learn more
    See details in blog post

  • Create GIFs with Transparent Backgrounds: When exporting to an Animated GIF, a new option will allow you to make the background transparent.
    See details in blog post

  • Help protect your data from malicious files: Application Guard helps protect you from malware by letting you read, print, and save Office files in an isolated container.

  • Export animated GIF in a range: Select a range of slides when exporting to animated GIF

  • Require users to apply sensitivity labels: Users will be prompted to apply a sensitivity label if their organization's policy requires it.

  • Government customers: Apply sensitivity labels to your documents and emails: Sensitivity labeling features are now available for customers in the GCC, GCC-H and DoD environments. Learn more

  • Government customers: Apply sensitivity labels to your documents and emails: Sensitivity labeling features are now available for customers in the DoD environments. Learn more

Word

  • Save shapes as pictures: In just a few clicks, save a shape, icon, or other object as a picture file so you can reuse it elsewhere. Learn more

  • SVG Clipboard Support: You can now paste SVG content from Office into 3rd party apps. Learn more

  • Tell your stories with animated GIFs: Animated GIFs are now supported in the Office editor - your documents just got snazzier

  • Help protect your data from malicious files: Application Guard helps protect you from malware by letting you read, print, and save Office files in an isolated container. Learn more

  • Draft documents with your voice: Use the new dictation toolbar, voice commands and auto-punctuation to draft documents.

  • Require users to apply sensitivity labels: Users will be prompted to apply a sensitivity label if their organization's policy requires it.

  • Government customers: Apply sensitivity labels to your documents and emails: Sensitivity labeling features are now available for customers in the GCC, GCC-H and DoD environments. Learn more

  • Government customers: Apply sensitivity labels to your documents and emails: Sensitivity labeling features are now available for customers in the DoD environments. Learn more


Resolved issues

Access

  • We fixed an issue where attempting to use the DAO API from non-Office applications would stop responding with "The operating system is not presently configured to run this application."

  • We fixed an issue where tables dropped into the query design or system relationship window to appear in a different location then where they were dropped.

  • We fixed an issue that may cause Access to fail to terminate properly when shutting down, potentially leaving databases locked.

  • We fixed an issue when an external application requests an accessibility interface. It would prevent the application closing unexpectedly until reference has been released.

  • We fixed an issue when running a SQL Server pass through query could result in an "invalid cursor state" error.

  • Fixed an issue that may cause applications using the Access Database Engine ODBC API to close unexpectedly.

  • Fixed an issue that may cause applications using the Access Database Engine OLEDB API with a database containing links to SharePoint lists to close unexpectedly.

  • We fixed an issue which now enables launch events for Outlook addins.

  • We fixed an issue where special characters were included in error messages.

  • In certain customer configurations, it has been discovered that document exports to PDF or XPS formats from Office may stop responding due to recent updates. This update fixes these regressions and reenables export to these formats.

Excel

  • We fixed an issue where some users would fail to open into edit mode on password protected files.

  • Fixed an an issue where a major version build rollback could result in the application terminating unexpectedly on file open.

  • We fixed an issue where the "File" tab text was getting cut off in some languages.

  • We fixed an issue where some automation add-ins for Excel failed to load.

  • We fixed an issue where chart axis values cannot be changed if both the thousand and decimal separators use the same symbol.

  • We fixed an issue where the Analysis ToolPak add-in was not responsive.

  • Fixed an issue where the Analysis ToolPak add-in did not work for some users.

  • Fixed an issue to enable the Name Manager to open on books with a large number of hidden names.

  • We fixed an issue where some files would occasionally fail to open in Protected View.

  • We fixed an issue where localized function names will be recognized when opening CSV files.

  • Fixed an issue when saving as Xml Data (.xml) from workbooks containing Xml Map.

  • We fixed an issue where a blank duplicate window will be opened when legacy add-ins are enabled.

  • Fixed an issue where the Analysis ToolPak add-in did not work with certain Automation Security settings.

  • We fixed an issue where connecting to a data source from within the PowerPivot window was not working.

  • Fixed the issue where DRM-protected workbook cannot be opened from VBA if Application.DisplayAlerts is set to True.

  • We fixed an issue that may cause some linked Dynamics table to stop responding.

  • Fixed an issue where not all columns may appear when linking to or importing from a Dynamics table.

  • In certain customer configurations, it has been discovered that document exports to PDF or XPS formats from Office may stop responding due to recent updates. This update fixes these regressions and reenables export to these formats.

  • Fixed an issue where the Office application was nonresponsive when drawing an image.

  • We fixed an issue that caused Office apps to stop responding when multiple Office apps were running at the same time. This also resolved other stability issues across the system that arose because of the incident.

OneNote

  • Updated the hot key for creating a Quick Note to be Win + Alt + N.

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue that may cause a unexpected close when interacting with Outlook Mail or Calendar Views.

  • We fixed an issue that caused users to experience an unexpected property change prompt when closing a message they had replied to or forwarded.

  • We fixed an issue that caused some users to experience a unexpected close when collecting diagnostic information.

  • We fixed an issue that caused modifications on a message generated by the "Resend this message" option to be lost on send when that message was re-sent from a PST.

  • We fixed an issue that caused emails that are resent 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 some users to experience Outlook to close unexpectedly when syncing folder hierarchy changes.

  • We fixed an issue in a component of Outlook that is used by MAPI-enabled applications on computers with ARM processors. The issue could cause search to fail or cause extra load on the computer as background apps restarted repeatedly.

  • We fixed an issue that prevented Outlook from booting after using "Send To->Mail Recipient" from the Windows Explorer.

  • We fixed an issue that caused some instructions for the "Shorten Meetings" feature to be disabled through screen reader technologies.

  • We fixed an issue that caused users to erroneously see a "This may take a while" message when adding a calendar.

  • We fixed an issue that caused delegates to appear as the organizer of meetings created on newly added calendars. Meetings in this state did not appear on the principal's calendar.

  • We fixed an issue that caused some users to see their primary and secondary calendar switching places in the Navigation Pane.

  • We fixed an issue that caused performance issues on ARM64 devices.

  • We fixed an issue that caused Room Finder to fail to load.

  • We fixed an issue that caused users to see a loss of HTML formatting when saving a draft of an email to disk.

  • We fixed an issue that caused the translation options to be disabled for some users. Customers who experienced this issue would have seen their translation options disabled when navigating to File -> Options -> Language. Due to this, they would have been unable to change their preferred translation language and other translation related settings.

  • We fixed an issue that caused users to be able to download protected attachments.

  • We fixed an issue that caused users to experience a unexpected close when removing folders from an archive store.

  • We fixed an issue that caused some users to experience a unexpected close when performing searches.

  • We fixed an issue that caused some users to experience a close unexpectedly when loading person cards.

  • We fixed an issue that caused users to get an error when selecting "Open Outlook Properties" from the right click context menu for a recipient on an email.

  • We fixed an issue that caused the people picker in Outlook to expand upwards rather than downwards for users with a perpetual license.

  • We fixed an issue that caused users to experience the process terminating unexpectedly when searching.

  • We fixed a search-related unexpected close.

  • We fixed an issue that caused some users to experience a unexpected close while retrieving service powered search suggestions.

  • We fixed an issue where the app closed unexpectedly while composing an email using Outlook.

  • We fixed an issue where the app stops responding shortly after Outlook boot.

  • We fixed an issue where email signatures would be missing after a change in the account's UPN/SMTP name.

  • We fixed an issue that caused Cloud Settings users to experience a unexpected close when an incompletely configured account is present in the profile.

  • Fixed an issue where changes only to the content of a signature would not be updated in the cloud-based setting.

  • We fixed an issue that caused users to see signatures disappear unexpectedly.

  • We fixed an issue that could cause users to see the message that they are composing losing the UI focus.

  • We fixed an issue that caused some people to be unable to access signatures associated with secondary mail accounts.

  • We fixed an issue that caused Outlook to override the Focused Inbox preferences configured in OWA.

  • We fixed an issue that caused users of roaming settings to experience unresponsiveness.

  • We fixed an issue that caused Cloud Settings to be unsuccessful to roam settings when it hit a conflict.

  • We fixed an issue that caused the feedback option to fail to appear for users of the Office Perpetual 2021 preview.

  • We fixed an issue that caused the feedback option disable for users of the Office Perpetual 2021 preview.

  • We made a change which enables users to submit feedback through our new feedback system.

  • We fixed an issue that caused name resolution to fail when sending on behalf of another user and resolving against an address book that is not the Global Address List.

  • We fixed an issue that caused users to be able to download protected voice mail files.

  • Fixed an issue that caused users to be able to download protected voice mail messages.

  • Fixed an error when forwarding some large or long running recurring meetings as ICAL.

  • 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.

  • Fixed an issue where a meeting occurrence cancellation form would appear instead of the expected edit form.

  • We fixed an issue that was causing the app to stop responding when using Outlook.

  • We fixed an issue that caused users of the Shared Calendar Improvements feature to see newly added shared calendars fail to display until after a restart of Outlook.

  • We fixed an issue that caused users to see duplicate time entries in the end meeting time dropdown when the start of the meeting and the end of the meeting were on different dates.

  • We fixed a issue that caused increased network activity shortly after Outlook boot with profiles that have multiple accounts.

  • We fixed an issue that caused deleted meeting invitations to intermittently resurface for some users.

  • We fixed an issue that caused the SMTP address to stop working to be in display next to the user's primary calendar in a multi-account profile after enabling the "Shared Calendar Improvements" option.

  • We fixed an issue that caused users to see duplicate calendar items created when responding to the meeting request through the right-click context menu.

  • We fixed an issue that caused users of the Shared Calendar Improvements option who have many shared calendars to experience some performance issues.

  • We fixed an issue that caused some users of the calendar sharing improvements feature to experience issues with interacting with their calendar in the navigation pane.

  • We fixed an issue that caused links in the location field to be unclickable.

  • Fixed an issue where the Office application was nonresponsive when drawing an image.

PowerPoint

  • Fixed an an issue where a major version build rollback could result in the application terminating unexpectedly on file open.

  • We fixed an issue where a user was unable to enter credentials into a Windows Security dialog to open a file because of an obstructive PowerPoint-specific dialog.

  • Fixed an issue where Reuse Slides option was not available for a few users.

  • In certain customer configurations, it has been discovered that document exports to PDF or XPS formats from Office may stop responding due to recent updates. This update fixes these regressions and reenables export to these formats.

  • Fixed an issue where the Office application was nonresponsive when drawing an image.

  • We fixed an issue where Word was taking longer time to save than expected.

Project

  • Fixed an issue where the application becomes nonresponsive during close.

  • Fixed an issue where users were unable to remove projects from the resource pool.

  • Fixed an issue where assignments on manually scheduled tasks to be moved to an incorrect date.

Skype for Business: Non-security updates

  • We fixed an issue where the video share peek in a conversation window would close unexpectedly.

Visio

  • Fixed an issue where the application becomes nonresponsive during close.

  • We fixed an issue where users can seamlessly access files without experiencing any unexpected close now.

  • We fixed an issue where SPO/ODB Links with guest access was not working.

Word

  • Fixed issue where comment cards next to the Word canvas were the incorrect size.

  • Fixed an an issue where a major version build rollback could result in the application terminating unexpectedly on file open.

  • Fixed an issue when coauthoring a document, active draft is not cleared when comment order changes.

  • Fixed an issue where a dialog showcasing the new visual refresh contained text that was inaccessible to screen readers.

  • Fixed an issue when editing contacts related to adding pictures using 'This Device' option.

  • In certain customer configurations, it has been discovered that document exports to PDF or XPS formats from Office may stop responding due to recent updates. This update fixes these regressions and reenables export to these formats.

  • Fixed an issue that may cause Word to unexpectedly closed when shutting down due to the user logging off or restarting their computer.

  • Fixed an issue where the Office application was nonresponsive when drawing an image.

  • We fixed an issue where the insert Online video button was disable.

  • Fixed an issue which optimizes conditions for text predictions to be offered.

  • We fixed an issue where some select text was not visible when using dark mode theme in reading mode.

  • We fixed an issue where print preview will be closed unexpectedly.

  • Fixed an issue where canvas contextual cards for spelling and grammar show icon buttons, but those buttons have no tooltips.

  • We fixed a issue where you are unable to turn off any of the Editor options in the "Resume" section.

  • We fixed an issue where the Editor Pane doesn't open.

  • Fixed an issue where doc saved locally was shown as Autosave Disabled.

  • We fixed an issue that updates text on autosave callout for files saved locally.

  • We fixed an issue where styleref fields may show truncated results.

  • We fixed an issue with non-default ribbon configurations that can lead to the Style Gallery to not function.

  • Fixed an issue maintaining "Current List" of Citations on Password Protected DOCX files.

  • Fixed an issue to persist citations on a password protected .docx file.

  • We fixed an issue where Word was taking longer time to save than expected.

  • Office apps now support OpenDocument format 1.3.

  • We fixed an issue which required a change on editing OLE object.

  • We fixed an issue in Print where the print preview was not loading.

  • We fixed an issue that caused Office apps to stop responding when multiple Office apps were running at the same time. This also resolved other stability issues across the system that arose because of the incident.

  • Fixed an issue related to unresponsiveness of the application when inserting Online Pictures.

  • We fixed an issue where typing at the end of a hidden paragraph may result in the application stop responding.

  • We fixed an issue in Wordmail where someone cannot send this item when the 2084th character in a link is an escaped character.

Office Suite

  • Fixed an issue where user is unable to edit certain documents stored in OnPrem sharepoint servers.

  • Fixed a performance regression on opening SyncBacked files.

  • Fixed a unexpected close when reopening certain files.

  • Fixed an issue that would cause cloud document to fail to open.

  • Fixed an issue in Outlook where custom VSTO controls stopped working after opening and switching between multiple windows and views.

  • Fixed a localization issue where en-gb, fr-ca, and es-mx will now be matched with their respective parent versions.

  • We fixed an issue related to instability during DirectX device loss and recovery situations.

  • We fixed an issue related to scrolling on a thumbnail view in a PPT slide using touch or trackpad.

  • We fixed an issue where some documents failed to load after using some web add-ins.

  • Fixed an issue where sharing settings between OMEX and ExCatalog were no longer possible such as for web add-in settings updates to the webextension.xml since a new webextension file is created. The previous one was only accessed when the Add-in was deployed in the original method or the new solution reference comparison was turned off.

  • We fixed an issue that caused date fields in PivotTables to be grouped incorrectly.

Version 2102: August 10

Version 2102 (Build 13801.20864)

Security updates listed here

Resolved issues

Excel

  • We fixed an issue in which changes might not be be saved in a rare situation when coauthoring.

  • We fixed an issue where a saved workbook would appear at the top of the Recent list when saving to an SPO document library.

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue where a user was unable to enter credentials into a Windows Security dialog to open a file because of an obstructive PowerPoint-specific dialog.

  • 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.

Word

  • We fixed an issue where Word may not be responding during proofing.

  • We fixed an error when updating Fields in Word.

Version 2102: July 13

Version 2102 (Build 13801.20808)

Security updates listed here

Resolved issues

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue that prevented the cloud settings option from being enabled when selected by a user.

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue where, in some cases, Excel object embedded within PowerPoint presentation was not being displayed as expected.

Office Suite

  • We fixed user switching data scenario when user switches between Active Directory Identities from the Me control in Office applications.

Version 2102: June 08

Version 2102 (Build 13801.20738)

Security updates listed here

Resolved issues

Excel

  • We fixed an issue which removes extra padding that appeared on Pareto charts and reduced the available charting space.

  • Fixed an issue where extra entries appeared in the Excel Add-in list for some users.

  • We fixed an issue that caused the Status Bar to not indicate a Ready state for some users.

  • We fixed an issue by improving the error message when refreshing Power BI data types and the user does not have access to some of the data types.

  • We fixed an issue by increasing the number of properties that can show in the property AutoComplete drop down to 256 properties.

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue that caused users to get connectivity errors when the internal and external EWS endpoints are different and the call to the internal endpoint fails.

  • We fixed an issue that caused the sender's address to be displayed as a LegacyExchangeDN when resending an email.

  • Fixed an issue where end users and administrators were unable to turn on Cloud Settings.

  • We fixed an issue that caused ZeroConfigExchange to fail to work properly on Hybrid Azure AD joined machines connected to an external network.

  • We fixed an issue that caused users of custom domains to see a warning message about permissions when pasting a link into an email message.

  • We added a registry key that disables the new Room Finder experience (the same experience as in Outlook for Web) and enables the legacy Room Finder with Suggested Times.

    Registry Key:

    HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook\Options\Calendar
    REG_DWORD “ShowLegacyRoomFinder”

    0 (default) - Outlook uses new Room Finder OWA Powered eXperience when user clicks 'Room Finder' button to search for available rooms
    1 - Outlook uses legacy Room Finder UI to search for available rooms

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue where the store is updated to version 1.0.0.2 to support central deployment. The user will need to update the version info in PowerPoint to access the store.

Project

  • Fixed an issue where if you create a custom field formula which uses the ProjectDate*/ProjectDur* functions and if the second parameter is the Date(), Now() or Time() date and time functions, then a #ERROR results.

  • Fixed an issue where the resource pool becomes unresponsive and can't be opened.

Visio

  • We fixed an issue related to missing results on entering search keywords in shape search.

Word

  • Fixed an issue related to unresponsiveness of the application when inserting Online Pictures.

  • We fixed an issue where copy and paste styles may not be same in pasted text.

  • We fixed an issue which removes limit on size of strings allowed for content controls.

  • We fixed an issue related to editing OLE object.

Office Suite

  • Fixed an issue when open placeholder files. Office was non-responsive to open the sync-backed file.

Version 2102: May 11

Version 2102 (Build 13801.20638)

Security updates are listed here: Release notes for Microsoft Office security updates

Resolved issues

Excel

  • Fixed an issue where some automation add-ins for Excel unable to load.

  • We fixed an issue that caused date formatting to be displayed incorrectly on some languages when using Add-ins.

  • We fixed an issue that was preventing the ability to paste as formulas on a protected sheet.

Outlook

  • This enables end users to configure Outlook to add an online meeting to every meeting they create.

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue related to linked pictures.

Word

  • Fixed an issue in Wordmail where someone cannot send an item when the 2084th character in a link is an escaped character.

Office Suite

  • Fixed an issue where Office templates turned on even with GPO placed disable request.

  • Fixed an issue that caused Word to close unexpectedly while printing long documents.

Version 2102: April 13

Version 2102 (Build 13801.20506)

Security updates are listed here: Release notes for Microsoft Office security updates

Resolved issues

Access

  • Fixed an issue where in some cases running a SQL Server pass through query could result in an error message indicating that there was an "invalid cursor state".

Excel

  • Fixed an issue where disabled commands in the Office Ribbon would only have the icon grayed out but not the text in Dark Gray Office Theme.

  • We fixed an issue in which data validation could be applied to cells unexpectedly after adding rows to a table on another sheet.

  • We fixed an issue where the DialogSheets show function was not working on 32 bit versions of Excel

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue that caused Outlook to crash when idle.

  • We fixed an issue that caused users of the Cloud Settings feature to see customized settings overridden by default setting after configuring Outlook on a new device.

  • We fixed an issue that caused users to see more signatures than expected.

PowerPoint

  • Fixed an issue where disabled commands in the Office Ribbon would only have the icon grayed out but not the text in Dark Gray Office Theme.

Word

  • Fixed an issue where disabled commands in the Office Ribbon would only have the icon grayed out but not the text in Dark Gray Office Theme.

  • We fixed an issue relating to copy and paste.

  • We fixed an issue with typing at the end of a hidden paragraph may result in application hang.

Office Suite

  • Fixed an issue where users are unable to save file when open a previously opened file with edits not saved but now the file has been deleted. After the fix, users will get a friendly message to inform them that the file is deleted, thus user can choose to discard changes, or SaveAs the file.

  • Fixed rename failure issue when open a SyncBacked file offline then rename the file in app before saving file.

  • Fixed an issue where Dictation was disabled for GCC users

  • Fixed an issue that could sometimes lead to text in Outlook becoming transparent and thereby not legible.

Version 2102: March 09

Version 2102 (Build 13801.20294)

Security updates are listed here: Release notes for Microsoft Office security updates

Feature updates

Excel

  • Lasso and eraser in Ink Toolbox: When using the drawing tools, the lasso and the eraser are now available in the Ink Toolbox.
    See details in blog post

  • Make a PDF connection: Connect to, import, refresh data from a PDF. Learn more

  • Create variables to use in formulas: Improve performance, readability, and composability with the LET function. This function allows you to create named variables in new or pre-existing formulas. Learn more
    See details in blog post

  • Save to Pinned Folders: Pin your folders makes saving Office files easier. We received feedback that users want more control over the folders available when a new file is saved. We're excited to bring a new capability to you: pin your folders in the Save dialog. This new capability will make saving your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files easier. Learn more
    See details in blog post

  • Get Organization Data from Power BI using Data Types: Excel data types from Power BI are now rolling out to Insiders in organizations with Office 365 / Microsoft 365 and the Power BI Pro service plan. Getting the information you need and easily refreshing it is critical to many everyday workflows. We’re giving you access to your company or organization information from Power BI as a data type in Excel, which expands your ability to bring in linked information in your spreadsheets. Learn more
    See details in blog post

  • Insert your iPhone photos directly into Office: HEIC pictures from your phone now insert seamlessly into Office. No conversion required.
    See details in blog post

  • Make polished Visio diagrams in Excel: Create data-driven diagrams like flowcharts or organizational charts from data in a worksheet. Learn more

  • AMSI integration with Office for XLM macros: AMSI is an open interface available on Windows 10 for applications to request, at runtime, a synchronous scan of a memory buffer by an installed antivirus or security solution. When malicious activity is detected, the user is notified by Excel, and the application session is shut down to avoid any further damage. This can stop an attack in its tracks, protecting both the device and user. See details in blog post.

  • Create PivotTables from Datasets in Power BI within Excel: You can create PivotTables in Excel that are connected to datasets stored in Power BI with a few clicks. Doing this allows you get the best of both PivotTables and Power BI. Calculate, summarize, and analyze your data with PivotTables from your secure Power BI datasets. Learn more

Outlook

  • Help protect data in your group: The Sensitivity label you choose when creating a group is applied to group email, documents, and team sites.

  • Incident Notification for IT Admins: Microsoft 365 tenant global administrators and Office Apps Administrators will be notified about Outlook and O365 Exchange incidents affecting their users with a new right-side panel notification in Outlook for Windows. Learn more

  • Create polls in Outlook with Quick Poll: Easily create a poll, collect votes, and view results within an email Learn more

  • Insert your iPhone photos directly into Office: HEIC pictures from your phone now insert seamlessly into Office. No conversion required.
    See details in blog post

  • New room finder: Search for conference rooms by different capabilities.

  • Search for it the way you'd say it: Use everyday language like "vet appointment last week" to filter and narrow your search.

  • Option to quickly reopen items from previous Outlook session: We added an option to quickly reopen items from a previous Outlook session.
    See details in blog post

PowerPoint

  • Lasso and eraser in Ink Toolbox: When using the drawing tools, the lasso and the eraser are now available in the Ink Toolbox.
    See details in blog post

  • Save to Pinned Folders: Pin your folders makes saving Office files easier. We received feedback that users want more control over the folders available when a new file is saved. We're excited to bring a new capability to you: pin your folders in the Save dialog. This new capability will make saving your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files easier. Learn more
    See details in blog post

  • Insert your iPhone photos directly into Office: HEIC pictures from your phone now insert seamlessly into Office. No conversion required.
    See details in blog post

Visio

  • New Azure stencils and shapes: We've added many more stencils to help you create up-to-date Azure diagrams. Learn more

Word

  • Lasso and eraser in Ink Toolbox: When using the drawing tools, the lasso and the eraser are now available in the Ink Toolbox.
    See details in blog post

  • Save to Pinned Folders: Pin your folders makes saving Office files easier. We received feedback that users want more control over the folders available when a new file is saved. We're excited to bring a new capability to you: pin your folders in the Save dialog. This new capability will make saving your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files easier. Learn more
    See details in blog post

  • Insert your iPhone photos directly into Office: HEIC pictures from your phone now insert seamlessly into Office. No conversion required.
    See details in blog post

Office Suite

  • Tabbed Panes: Now you can switch between multiple panes using a tab UI on the right hand side of the app. The UI will only be visible when you have 2+ panes open.
    See details in blog post

Resolved issues

Access

  • We fixed an issue when using DAO from non-Office applications would cause the application to close unexpectedly.

  • We fixed an issue where users were getting an error dialog " Invalid cursor state".

Excel

  • We fixed an issue that broke some legacy Excel 4.0 and Excel 5.0 macros as well as some VBA calls to dialogsheets.show.

  • Fixed an issue where Excel might close unexpectedly when using the "Show Values As" menu for a PivotTable.

  • We fixed an issue that prevented users from exporting an Excel workbook to PDF.

  • We fixed an issue which caused images to be smaller than expected when using the Paste Linked Picture option.

  • We fixed an issue that caused some PivotTable formatting to corrupt the workbook when saving to the .xls or .xlt format.

  • Fixed an issue where Excel may leave macros disabled without prompting when opening an Excel Add-in file containing Excel 4.0 Macros.

  • Fixed an issue where Excel would incorrectly show a message bar that a new version of the file is available and force the user to save their changes in a copy of the workbook or discard their changes.

  • Fixed an issue where some users would incorrectly see a message bar informing them of a new version of a file when coauthoring.

  • Fixes an issue where Excel would fail to launch or close unexpectedly if certain Windows Security exploit protection settings (SimExec, CallerCheck) are in use.

  • We fixed an issue where Excel would stop responding after selecting a data series in a chart.

  • This change addresses an issue with properly displaying fonts within equations.

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue that caused users to be unable to grant Editor permission to their delegates.

  • We fixed an issue that caused some users to experience Outlook to close unexpectedly in certain search scenarios.

  • We fixed an issue that caused users that have Shared or Delegated Mailboxes with large hierarchies in their profile to encounter hangs.

  • Addressed an issue that caused some automatically generated emails to be sent with a blank body when the subject line is blank.

  • Addressed an issue that caused some users to observe Outlook unexpectedly starting in an offline state.

  • Addressed an issue that caused delegates to see intermittent failures when opening shared folders in another mailbox.

  • We fixed an issue that caused users to experience the application to terminate unexpectedly when selecting a search result.

  • We fixed an issue that caused some customers to encounter a hang while loading their calendars.

  • We fixed an issue that caused the original attendees of some meetings to receive a cancellation when another attendee forwards the meeting.

  • We fixed and issue that caused users to see duplicate calendar groups appearing after creating a new group.

  • We fixed an issue that caused users of the Shared Calendar improvements to be unable to set a calendar's color to yellow or brown.

  • We fixed a problem that caused users to see newly added calendars fail to appear in the navigation pane until after Outlook had been restarted.

  • Addressed an issue that caused Search to return no results when searching uncached shared calendars.

  • We fixed an issue that caused some users to experience the app to shut down when closing message windows.

  • We fixed an issue that caused the To field to be blank when sending a status report on a task.

  • We fixed an issue that caused the MailItem.BeforeAttachmentAdd event to be broken.

  • We fixed an issue that caused some users to experience Outlook closing unexpectedly in certain search scenarios.

  • We fixed an issue that caused the app to sometimes close unexpectedly when users were searching in Outlook.

  • We fixed an issue that caused Cloud Settings users to experience a hang when updating settings.

  • We fixed an issue that caused an edited signature to fail to save after prompting the user to do so.

  • We fixed an issue that caused some users to see no signatures in the signatures drop down despite having one or more signatures configured.

  • We fixed an issue that caused Cloud Settings not to be turned on for users by default.

  • We fixed an issue that caused changes to a user's signature to fail to save.

  • We fixed an issue that caused Outlook to create a second empty signature for people who had cloud settings enabled.

  • We fixed an issue that caused issues with displaying the correct default signature in OWA.

  • We fixed an issue that caused users to see signatures containing unicode content to get damaged.

  • We fixed an issue that caused users of inline translation to be unable to submit feedback.

  • We fixed an issue that caused the headers of Chinese messages to be unreadable when replying or forwarding.

  • We fixed an issue that caused Chinese characters to get changed to question marks when saving as an OFT file.

  • We added a regkey that allows customers to disable filetime inclusion for attachments in IDataObject operations (i.e. drag drop, clipboard). HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook\Attachments. REG_DWORD IncludeFileTimesInDataObject. 0 = filetimes are excluded. 1 = (default) filetimes are included.

  • We fixed an issue that caused inline images to disappear when replying to a message with a protection label from Azure Information Protection.

  • We fixed an issue that caused the encryption icon to fail to display on emails sent using the encryption only option.

  • We fixed an issue that caused mails to be sent as digitally signed after the user unchecked that option.

PowerPoint

  • Fixed an issue that could cause the application to close unexpectedly if a document save failed.

  • Fixed an issue with copy/paste of an equation from Word to PowerPoint.

  • This change addresses an issue with path fills when applying Merge Shapes operations with certain geometries.

  • This change addresses an issue with properly displaying fonts within equations.

  • This change addresses an issue with handling errors that may occur during video loading.

  • We have fixed a VBA issue where Slide.Shapes.AddMediaObject2 would unexpectedly close with legacy video formats (MPG-1,Mpeg-2).

  • We have fixed an issue where font size command, added in QAT, auto completes to the nearest defined font size while updating it.

  • We fixed an issue where there is an error when saving the file after duplicating a slide that contains a newly recorded audio.

  • We fixed an issue where Forms content add-in doesn't render after insertion until user clicks to another slide to make it show.

  • We fixed an issue that disabled IRM protections when opening a PowerPoint file in Protected View.

  • Fixed an issue causing slow coauthoring on files containing large numbers of a certain data object type (E2o).

  • Fix to address a an issue when using IRM/protected documents during a merge error.

  • This is a fix for an issue where the save prompt shows in a loop when closing the document when there is an add-in that listens to PresentationBeforeClose event and checks Presentation.Saved property as a part of the event handler.

  • Fixed an issue where some corrupt PowerPoint files were not opening correctly, even after a document repair operation.

  • Addresses an issue where selecting a Design Idea removes the presentation's Data Classification Label, in certain cases.

Project

  • Fixed an issue where when you save a project from PWA to a local mpp file, the ProjectBeforeTaskChangeEvent fires for data that wasn't actually changed by the user.

  • Fixed an issue where the NewVal in the ProjectBeforeTaskChange event doesn't have the correct value if a lag is changed within a Task Form type view.

  • Fixed an issue where if you have eventing code running and try to make changes through a Task Form view, clicking the OK button may not commit the changes.

  • Fixed an issue where Project may terminate unexpectedly when opening files where resource contours were specified in a certain manner.

  • Fixed an issue where specific projects could be opened if there was an issue with the project file in a specific part of load.

  • Fixed an issue where borders weren't showing up for tasks in the Team Planner view.

  • Fixed an issue where you drag and drop wasn't working for tasks in the Team Planner view.

  • Fixed an issue where when a cost resource was assigned to a milestone task, baseline cost didn't rollup correctly.

Visio

  • We fixed an issue where users will be able to create straight lines using connectors in Visio for Office 365 for both custom Visio stencils and in-built templates.

Word

  • Fixed an issue that could cause the application to close unexpectedly if a document save failed.

  • Fixed an issue with copy/paste of an equation from Word to PowerPoint.

  • This change addresses an issue with the cursor when editing a document.

  • Fixes an issue with colors applied to icons and SVG graphics with 3D effects.

  • We fixed an issue with Narrator which may skips over a paragraph.

  • We fixed an issue with Rich text content controls.

  • We fixed an issue with Style Gallery dialog.

  • We fixed an issue in resolving conflicts while in coauthoring.

  • We fixed an issue which document styles are replaced with other styles from the template.

  • Fix an assert bug exposed by optimized gates affecting Word.

Office Suite

  • We fixed an issue that was causing a failure when trying to save files that have transitioned from syncbacked to server-only.

  • Fixed an issue where trying to do a SaveAs would fail in certain scenarios.

  • We fixed an issue where SaveRequestManagerCam was causing the application to close instead of returning an error.

  • Fixed the file closing sequence so that all the interdependent components are closed gracefully.

  • Fixed an issue of file would be opened as NOT SyncBacked when url from cache and url from OneDrive does NOT match.

  • Fixing a bug where copy/paste in Skype for Business messages resulted in a dialog displaying "Something went wrong when pasting your content".

  • Fixed an issue where an error would occur when copy/paste text from a comment into Excel

  • Fix a crash that could happen when using narrator within text that contains math equations.

  • When the user prints any document/file on inkjet printers from Office and printer's ink is low, "Toner Low" or "No Toner" message will show, even though inkjet printers don't have toners. Changing message to display "Toner/ink Low" & "No toner/ink".

  • Fixed an issue where installing a newer version of Office over certain older versions can result in impaired functionality (such as being unable to use Power Query) due to missing registry entries.

  • Fixed an issue where Microsoft 365 Endpoint data loss prevention was unable to classify Office documents on disk.

  • We fixed an issue with the Compress Picture dialog not retaining certain user settings.

  • Fixes an issue related to media controller event notifications.

  • Fixes an issue related to media player engine timing.

  • Optimized binary size.

  • Anaheim WebView does not support Windows Information Protection (WIP) yet. With this fix Office addin platform falls back to down level WebView in WIP enabled environment. That can be either Edge Spartan WebView or Trident WebView depending on customer's machine environment. Both down level WebViews support WIP.

Version 2008: February 09

Version 2008 (Build 13127.21216)

Security updates are listed here: Release notes for Microsoft Office security updates

Resolved issues

Excel

  • Fixed an issue where Excel would close unexpectedly when opening UNC files that have invalid file attributes (creation time, modified time, etc.)

  • We fixed an issue where decimal and thousands separators settings would not carry over when copying a chart from Excel and pasting into Word or PowerPoint.

  • We fixed an issue where the performance of running a macro involving PivotTable range formatting would get worse each time the macro is run.

  • We fixed an issue where conditional formatting rules were dropped when copying or moving sheets to another workbook.

  • We fixed an issue where users were unable to apply sensitivity labels to Excel files when the start screen on app boot was disabled.

  • We fixed an issue in opening cloud file from OneDrive sync folder.

Outlook

  • Addressed an issue which caused Outlook to stop working sporadically when adding or saving attachments.

PowerPoint

  • We have fixed an issue where font size command, added in QAT, auto completes to the nearest defined font size while updating it.

  • Fixed an issue where copy and paste of a slide with 'keep source formatting' option would sometimes copy over a new slide master unexpectedly

Word

  • We fixed an issue in Track Changes which sometimes opening Word document might display error dialog.

  • We fixed an issue in opening cloud file from OneDrive sync folder.

Office Suite

  • Fixed an issue that prevented successful open of a file in Office.

  • Fixed an issue where documents containing Sketched outlines applied to connectors via Format Painter could become corrupted.

Version 2008: January 12

Version 2008 (Build 13127.21064)

Security updates are listed here: Release notes for Microsoft Office security updates

Resolved issues

Excel

  • Fixed an issue where read-only books would no longer refresh pivot table data when opened.

  • This change provides a fix for the following issue: Excel "Insert Object" does not show correct icon when inserts a file from OneDrive local sync folder.

  • Fixed an issue where customers would incorrectly get notified about a new version of the file when coauthoring.

  • Fixed an editing issue where using IME with Overwrite mode would incorrectly advance extra characters.

  • Fixed an issue when using real time data in conjunction with multithreaded recalc functionality.

  • Fixes an issue where Excel would fail to launch or close unexpectedly if certain Windows Security exploit protection settings (SimExec, CallerCheck) are in use

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue that caused SmartLinks to lose their formatting when saved to drafts.

  • We fixed an issue to provide a user a way to customize justification text when overriding a policy.

  • We fixed an issue that caused Chinese characters to get changed to question marks when saving as an OFT file.

PowerPoint

  • We have fixed a VBA issue where Slide.Shapes.AddMediaObject2 would unexpectedly close with legacy video formats (MPG-1,Mpeg-2).

  • Fixed an issue where some corrupt PowerPoint files were not opening correctly, even after a document repair operation.

Project

  • Fixed an issue where Project may terminate unexpectedly on opening files where resource contours were specified in a certain manner.

Skype

  • Fixes an issue where a user's TLS-DSK certificate would not renew at the expected time, instead only renewing when less than 12 hours remain on its validity.

  • Fixes an issue where the Skype for Business UI shows as blank after signing in when Office is not yet licensed.

Office Suite

  • This change addresses an issue related to opening files containing legacy diagrams.

  • This change addresses an issue with SVG fallback proxy resulting in access violations.

Note

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