Release notes for Monthly Channel releases in 2020

These release notes provide information about new features and non-security updates that are included in Monthly Channel updates in 2020 for Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise, Microsoft 365 Apps for business, and the subscription versions of the desktop apps for Project and Visio.

Important

We’re making some changes to the update channels for Microsoft 365 Apps, including adding a new update channel (Monthly Enterprise Channel) and changing the names of the existing update channels. To learn more, read this article.

Note

  • We often roll out features (and sometimes even fixes) to Monthly over a period of time. If you don’t see something described below right away, you can expect it soon. Learn more

Version 2004: May 21

Version 2004 (Build 12730.20352)

Resolved issues

Excel

  • Fixed an issue where the external link stops working after the file is reopened if the file path is too long.

Outlook

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to experience a crash when submitting feedback from an Admin Notification.

Office Suite

  • Fixed a Click-to-Run issue which was resulting in occasional update failures to the latest builds.

  • Fixed an issue in Microsoft Office where Visual Basic for Applications projects with references that are expected to be found by searching locations specified in the PATH environment variable may not be found properly at runtime, leading to VBA runtime errors.

Version 2004: May 12

Version 2004 (Build 12730.20270)

Security updates listed here

Resolved issues

Outlook

  • Addresses an issue that caused users to experience a crash when displaying toast notifications. 

Version 2004: May 04

Version 2004 (Build 12730.20250)

Resolved issues

Office Suite

  • This update fixes an issue in Visual Basic for Applications in Microsoft Office where certain VBA projects that contain references to code libraries with DBCS characters in the library name or library path would be viewed by the Office application as corrupt on load.

Version 2004: April 29

Version 2004 (Build 12730.20236)

Feature updates

Access

  • Be more productive working in Query Designer, SQL view, and the Relationships window: Right-click a table to open, design, size, and hide it. Search and replace text in SQL View. Select multiple tables in the Relationships window.

  • Add tables with fewer clicks: Use the Add Tables task pane, which stays open while you work, to add tables to relationships and queries. Learn more

Excel

  • Facebook connector support is ending: Starting in April 2020, Excel will no longer support external data connections that use the Facebook connector.

  • Better Ideas: Now Excel Ideas lets you type a question about your data - no need to spend time formatting it first. Learn more

  • New images to bring your workbooks to life: Thousands of royalty-free stock images, icons, and stickers you can use in your workbooks. Go to Insert > Pictures > Stock Images to get started. Learn more

Outlook

  • Join meetings without leaving your inbox: No need to switch to your calendar to join online meetings. With the Calendar pinned to the To-Do pane, join any meeting with just one click.

  • New images to bring your messages to life: Thousands of royalty-free stock images, icons, and stickers you can use in your email messages. Go to Insert > Pictures > Stock Images to get started. Learn more

  • Location suggestion support for recurring meeting: Search for conference rooms with scheduling recurring meetings.

PowerPoint

  • Update slides during slide show: Update slides changed by other authors during your presentation.

  • New images to bring your slides to life: Thousands of royalty-free stock images, icons, and stickers you can use in your presentations. Go to Insert > Pictures > Stock Images to get started. Learn more

Teams

  • Improvements to the Teams calendar: Right-click an item in your calendar to pull up RSVP options, start a chat with meeting participants, or quickly join a meeting when it starts. We've also made improvements to the event scheduling form.

  • Tag, you're it!: Create tags and assign people to them so you can @mention a group, role, department, etc. Team owners, try it out for yourselves. Go to a team, select More options, Manage tags.

Word

  • Keep your tools handy: In your drawing toolbox, find the intelligent pen that allows you to add ink gestures to text. Learn more

  • New images to bring your documents to life: Thousands of royalty-free stock images, icons, and stickers you can use in your documents. Go to Insert > Pictures > Stock Images to get started. Learn more


Resolved issues

Excel

  • Workbooks saved with a digital signature in Excel 2016 could have the signature invalidated upon opening in the current version of Excel.

  • Fixed an issue which would cause Excel to crash in some cases after copying a sheet containing a PivotTable.

  • Application.Evaluate (VBA) was not working for User-defined functions in some cases.

Outlook

  • Addressed an issue that caused the width of the folder pane to change unexpectedly.

  • Addressed an issue that caused Outlook to crash on some builds of Windows.

  • Addressed an issue that caused Outlook to crash when opening .msg or .oft files that were saved locally after a Windows update.

  • Addressed an issue that caused Outlook to crash on some builds of Windows.

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to experience a hang while exiting Outlook.

Project

  • When Predecessor/Successor data is edited within a Form view, an extra ProjectBeforeTaskChange event is fired.

  • Fixed an issue where if you are using Project connected to Project Web App and the decimal separator is a comma, the TaskDependencies Add method fails when you try to add lag to a dependency.

Office Suite

  • Resolved an error which occurs preventing both restricting access and protecting files with a password simultaneously.

Version 2003: April 15

Version 2003 (Build 12624.20466)

  • Various bugs and performance fixes.

Version 2003: April 14

Version 2003 (Build 12624.20442)

Security updates listed here

Resolved issues

Excel

  • Application.Evaluate (VBA) was not working for User-defined functions in some cases.

Outlook

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to occasionally experience a crash when using the "X" button on their mouse.

Project

  • When Predecessor/Successor data is edited within a Form view, an extra ProjectBeforeTaskChange event is fired.

Word

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to occasionally experience a crash when using the "X" button on their mouse.

Version 2003: March 31

Version 2003 (Build 12624.20382)

Resolved issues

OneNote

  • Improved sync and server stability by temporarily disabling moving pages into the recycle bin. Users who want to delete a page will instead be shown a dialog asking if they'd want to permanently delete the page.

  • Inform users through the InfoBar about temporary adjustments in Microsoft OneNote that will help improve sync and service availability during high worldwide usage.

  • Improved sync and service stability by temporarily altering how frequently page version histories are created.

Project

  • Fixed an issue where the user couldn't enter time-phased Baseline Work when the setting to protect actual work is on.

Version 2003: March 25

Version 2003 (Build 12624.20320)

Feature updates

Outlook

  • Drag email to a group you own: Move and copy messages and conversations by dragging them from your inbox. Messages you drag will be shared with all group members.

  • New experience for captive wifi networks: Have you ever joined a wifi network that required a web page to sign in with? Outlook now detects this and helps you get connected.

Word

  • Others see your changes quickly: Co-authoring improvements mean your collaborators can see your changes faster than ever before.

Office Suite

  • Sensitivity labels: You can now apply a sensitivity label that your organization has configured to prompt you for custom permissions.

Resolved issues

Excel

  • Excel would crash in certain cases when re-opening a workbook embedded in Word or PowerPoint.

  • Addressed an issue where external links don't update on fill if the source book is closed.

  • Addressed a performance issue when creating charts from templates.

OneNote

  • Improved sync and service stability by temporarily reducing the maximum allowable size of new embedded attachments to 50MB. For files that exceed this limit, users will have the option of uploading the file to OneDrive and inserting a link into OneNote.

  • Improved sync and service stability by temporarily disabling in-app video recording in OneNote 2016. Local notebooks are not impacted by this measure.

  • Improved sync and service stability by temporarily adjusting sync frequency in OneNote 2016.

Outlook

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to see the Outlook process lingering in task manager after exiting.

PowerPoint

  • Improved a copy-paste scenario: Copying the Shape in powerpoint slide and paste it in other slide in a loop might fail with exception.

Project

  • Fixed an issue where the ProjectBeforeTaskChange event does not detect when a task has been inactivated/activated via the Inactivate button.

  • Fixed an issue where Project may crash when saving projects created with older versions of Project.

  • Fixed an issue where task percent complete was incorrectly changing to a value less than 100% complete after it was marked complete.

  • Fixed an issue where summary task dates weren't always getting calculated correctly.

Version 2002: March 10

Version 2002 (Build 12527.20278)

Security updates listed here

Resolved issues

Project

  • Fixed an issue where the OnUndoOrRedo event doesn't fire without first running the OpenUndoTransaction method.

Version 2002: March 01

Version 2002 (Build 12527.20242)

Resolved issues

Outlook

  • Addresses an issue that caused third party applications to be unable to send email.

Version 2002: February 25

Version 2002 (Build 12527.20194)

Feature updates

Excel

  • Users now have the ability to save objects in Word and Excel as an SVG: Users can save objects such as charts, shapes, ink, icons, pictures and more as an SVG. Learn more

  • Workbook Statistics: Cells, formulas, charts, tables... We count them so you don't have to.

  • Data Profiling in Query Editor: Get at-a-glance analysis of the data in your columns, identify error and empty values, see distribution histograms and more.

Word

  • Users now have the ability to save objects in Word and Excel as an SVG: Users can save objects such as charts, shapes, ink, icons, pictures and more as an SVG. Learn more

Resolved issues

Excel

  • Fixed an issue where CUBEVALUE functions would sometimes return an incorrect result.

Outlook

  • Addresses an issue that caused commas in the location field of a meeting to turn into semicolons.

  • Addresses an issue that could result in a crash when viewing the same item in multiple windows.

  • Addresses an issue that caused the option to disable flagged item highlighting to fail to be respected in some scenarios.

  • Addresses an issue that caused Outlook to unexpectedly sync all mail even when the sync slider is set to a smaller setting.

  • Addresses an issue that caused users with Black Theme to see the "From" dropdown show white text on a white background.

  • This change restores the ability to view multi-line subjects in the message header.

Version 2001: February 19

Version 2001 (Build 12430.20288)

  • Various bugs and performance fixes.

Version 2001: February 11

Version 2001 (Build 12430.20264)

Security updates listed here

Resolved issues

Access

  • Access templates should no longer cause attachment columns to fail within a database. After instantiating a template, you should now be able to add an attachment field to your database.

Excel

  • Fixed an issue where comment commands in the context menu were not being displayed.

  • Fixed an issue that caused some users to experience crashes when converting text to columns with cells that have a spilling array.

Outlook

  • Addresses an issue that caused users to experience a crash when specifying an invalid From address.

  • Addresses an issue that caused users to experience a crash when canceling account setup.

Project

  • Fixed an issue where 100% tasks of type fixed duration may wrongly have their % complete calculated at less than 100% complete.

Office Suite

  • This change addresses reported problems with graphics adaptors that leverage the Intel Integrated GPU.

Version 2001: January 30

Version 2001 (Build 12430.20184)

Feature updates

Excel

  • Read and reply on the fly: Respond to comments and mentions right from email without opening the workbook.

  • Look left, look right… XLOOKUP is here!: Row by row, find anything you need in a table or range with XLOOKUP. Learn more

Outlook

  • Advanced group email settings: This feature helps groups users to customize which emails or events to receive/follow in their inbox.

  • Groups Naming policy: A group naming policy enables the IT admin to standardize and manage the names of groups created by users in the organization. The admin can require a specific prefix and suffix be added to the name for a group when it's created, and can block specific words from being used. This helps minimize the use of inappropriate words in group names as well as IT manage the representation of groups in their directory. Naming Policy also helps organizations that deploy team sites to categorize them based on department.

Word

  • A more secure video experience: Security enhancements mean a safer online video experience for you. Learn more

  • Lasso your ink: The Lasso tool on the Draw tab helps you select objects drawn with ink. Select individual strokes, or whole words. Learn more

  • 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


Resolved issues

Access

  • This update fixes an issue where using an ADODB. Recorder object in VB code may incorrectly report an error. 
  • This update fixes an issue that can cause Microsoft Access to fail to identify an Identity Column in a linked SQL Server table, which can cause rows to be reported as deleted incorrectly

Excel

  • Addresses an issue that caused users to experience crashes when renaming a signature.

Outlook

  • Addresses an issue that caused users to experience crashes when renaming a signature.

Version 1912: January 22

Version 1912 (Build 12325.20344)

Resolved issues

Access

  • This update fixes an issue that can cause Microsoft Access to fail to identify an Identity Column in a linked SQL Server table, which can cause rows to be reported as deleted incorrectly

Version 1912: January 14

Version 1912 (Build 12325.20298)

Security updates listed here

Version 1912: January 08

Version 1912 (Build 12325.20288)

Feature updates

Outlook

  • Send accessible mail to those who need it most: Outlook will display a mail tip to help you ensure that your content is accessible when sending to a user who prefers accessible content

PowerPoint

  • Optimize your presentation for all: Accessibility Checker helps you arrange objects on your slides with screen readers in mind.

  • GIFs in a jiffy: One slide, one frame. Easily create looping GIFs in PowerPoint. Learn more


Resolved issues

Excel

  • This change circumvents a problem with certain Intel graphics drivers by leveraging software rendering.

Outlook

  • Addressed an issue that caused the location of a meeting to get added back to the meeting unexpectedly after clearing it.

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to see a noticeable delay when interacting with their mailbox folders through keyboard shortcuts.

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to see emails sent to an address that did not match the displayed SMTP address in some circumstances.

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to experience hangs in Outlook when retrieving Cloud Settings.

Word

  • Building blocks organizer may display an invalid alert: "You have modified styles, building blocks".

Office Suite

  • Resolved an issue where Office updates may have unexpectedly downloaded files from the Office CDN instead of the intended source, such as a local or network share, or Configuration Manager-provided location.

Note

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