Release notes for Monthly Enterprise Channel releases in 2020

These release notes provide information about new features and non-security updates that are included in Monthly Enterprise 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.

Version 2005: July 14

Version 2005 (Build 12827.20538)

Security updates listed here

Feature updates

Outlook

  • Better results—in a jiffy: We've updated the Search experience to make it smarter, faster, and more reliable than ever. Learn more

Word

  • Say it another way: When you want to say it differently, Rewrite is there to help. Rewrite offers alternatives for finessing your phrases.
    See details in blog post

Resolved issues

Access

  • Fixed an issue to be able to call the Date/Time Extended data type into your code without experiencing any crash in your app.

  • Fixed an issue so you can now revert back to your most updated Access version, and use DAO/VBA to manage and edit a decimal data type.

Excel

  • Fixed an issue where Excel could become unresponsive after using Ctrl+Shift+Arrow keys to scroll when the Excel window is shared through Teams.

  • In some cases, clicking a hyperlink to a place within the same workbook will cause the workbook to be hidden.

  • Fixed an issue which caused CustomUI XML for a custom ribbon tab to be removed when saving to SharePoint/OneDrive.

  • Addresses an issue where Excel may crash when attempting to insert PivotTables into a chart sheet.

Outlook

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

  • Addresses an issue that caused searching for a feature in Suggest a Feature to return no results and leave the user with no option to submit a new feature idea.

  • Addresses an issue that caused users to see Outlook continuously prompt them to run the Inbox Repair tool.

  • Addresses an issue that caused users of Windows 10 server versions to see the warning "Antivirus status: Invalid. This version of Windows supports antivirus detection, but no antivirus was found" despite having anti virus correctly installed.

  • Addresses an issue that caused users to experience intermittent hangs and crashes in some scenarios.

  • Addresses an issue that caused users of the Shared Calendar improvements to see calendar failures.

  • Addresses an issue that caused users to see the "The rules on this computer do not match the rules on Microsoft Exchange" message when updating their rules in Outlook.

  • Addresses an issue that caused users to see the creation date of  attachments that they copied to their file system via drag and drop getting set to January 1, 4501.

  • Addresses an issue where Outlook failed to enable Data Loss Protection policy tips people for users who had paid for the service who are on M365 Business Plus plans.

  • Addresses an issue with the clp auditing event for the reply/forward label.

PowerPoint

  • This fixes a crash when users have both modern and legacy comments in a file, thus triggering an upgrade on the comments.

  • We have fixed a crash issue with suggestion pane.

Project

  • Fixed an issue where the ProjectBeforeTaskChange event doesn't fire when there is a change to the project summary task - either the project start/task field.

  • Fixed an issue where a task that is marked 100% complete is wrongly changing to be less than 100% complete.

Skype

  • When a user is given a policy that moves them to Teams Only, they were still able to use the Skype for Business Outlook add-in to schedule meetings. After this update, you will no longer be able to schedule Skype for Business meetings after the client reads the policy indicating the user is Teams Only, and enters meeting join only mode. Additionally the Skype for Business Outlook Add-in will not activate itself while starting up if it sees the Skype for Business client is in meeting join only mode.

Word

  • Resolved an issue that may have caused a crash when dragging some content from the app.

Office Suite

  • This change addresses potential hangs when loading and playing animated content such as GIFs or 3D models.

  • We have resolved the ValidateInstall fail rate issue by setting the Bing Addon install validation to true by default and considering the MSI return success as an install success.

  • This update fixes 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.

  • 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.

  • The office host was crashing in windows, when an add-in is being activated while the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\TabProcGrowth is set to zero. This change would fix this issue.

Version 2004: July 14

Version 2004 (Build 12730.20602)

Security updates listed here

Version 2004: June 09

Version 2004 (Build 12730.20430)

Security updates listed here

Feature updates

Access

  • 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

  • Pick the perfect color: Use hex color codes to choose exactly the color you want for your font, text highlight, and more.
    See details in blog post

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

  • 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
    See details in blog post

Outlook

  • Pick the perfect color: Use hex color codes to choose exactly the color you want for your font, text highlight, and more.
    See details in blog post

  • 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.
    See details in blog post

  • Calendar gets a makeover: See visual updates that make your calendar easier to scan. Learn more
    See details in blog post

  • 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
    See details in blog post

PowerPoint

  • Pick the perfect color: Use hex color codes to choose exactly the color you want for your font, text highlight, and more.
    See details in blog post

  • Synchronize changes while you are presenting: Synchronize changes whenever they are made even when the presentation is in slide show mode. Learn more
    See details in blog post

  • 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
    See details in blog post

Word

  • 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

  • Pick the perfect color: Use hex color codes to choose exactly the color you want for your font, text highlight, and more.
    See details in blog post

  • 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
    See details in blog post

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

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

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

  • 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.

Outlook

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

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

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

  • 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 the width of the folder pane to change unexpectedly.

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

  • Fixed a Click-to-Run issue which was resulting in update failure when trying to hard link symbolic links.

  • The office host was crashing in windows, when an add-in is being activated while the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\TabProcGrowth is set to zero. This change would fix this issue.

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

  • 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.

  • This update fixes 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 2003: June 09

Version 2003 (Build 12624.20708)

Security updates listed here

Resolved issues

Office Suite

  • This update fixes 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 2003: May 12

Version 2003 (Build 12624.20588)

Security updates listed here

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.

Excel

  • Type a formula that returns multiple values: Quickly type a formula that returns multiple values, and they'll automatically spill into the neighboring cells. Learn more
    See details in blog post

  • No more bouncing to the browser: You decide how links to Office documents open: in the browser or in the app.

  • Six powerful functions: We’ve added six new functions to supercharge your spreadsheets: FILTER, SORT, SORTBY, UNIQUE, SEQUENCE and RANDARRAY. Learn more

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

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

Outlook

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

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

PowerPoint

  • Fast real-time collaboration in PowerPoint: Fast real-time collaboration in PowerPoint

  • Online videos have a new home: Save a video to Microsoft Stream so anyone in your organization can see it. Insert the video link and enjoy a multimedia presentation at a fraction of the file size. Learn more

  • No more bouncing to the browser: You decide how links to Office documents open: in the browser or in the app.

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

  • Better diagrams: With better connectors and a smoother ink conversion process you can ink your ideas more confidently. Learn more

  • Update slides during slide show: Update slides changed by other authors during your presentation.
    See details in blog post

Word

  • No more bouncing to the browser: You decide how links to Office documents open: in the browser or in the app.

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

Office Suite

  • Open Large Files Incrementally: The ability to download, open and interact with large powerpoint presentations, even if parts of the presentation (for example a large video or image) have not finished downloading yet.

Resolved issues

Excel

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

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

OneNote

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

  • Improved sync and service 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.

  • Improved sync and service stability by temporarily reducing the maximum allowable size of new embedded attachments to 50MB in OneNote 2016. 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.

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

Outlook

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

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

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to experience crashes in third party MAPI applications.

  • 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 the width of the folder pane to change unexpectedly.

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 the OnUndoOrRedo event doesn't fire without first running the OpenUndoTransaction method.

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

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

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

Word

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

Office Suite

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

  • 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.

Note

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