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.

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 2102: April 13

Version 2102 (Build 13801.20506)

Security updates listed here

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 listed here

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

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 listed here

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 listed here

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.

Version 2008: December 08

Version 2008 (Build 13127.20910)

Security updates listed here

Resolved issues

Access

  • We fixed an error issue when trying to use ODBC DSN builder

Excel

  • Fixed an issue where pivot tables could not be edited and workbooks could not be saved if they were exported from Project plan.

  • We fixed an issue where in some cases, multiple message bars were appearing when a file was opened in read-only mode.

  • We fixed an issue where outline sub-totals could stop working when there were many duplicate column header values.

  • We fixed an issue where Excel would stop working when there is a Group Policy Object update (e.g. via Remote Group Policy Refresh) during multithreaded recalc.

  • We fixed an issue where Excel would stop working when users use the subtotal function on more than 255 columns.

  • Improved text kerning in PowerPoint when when content is copied from Excel and pasted into PowerPoint with the Embed option.

  • Fixed an issue that would prevent switching from Table Preview and the Query Editor in PowerPivot.

  • We fixed an issue where a user was unable to open atomsvc (UTF8+BOM) file from SharePoint, directly.

  • We fixed an issue where Power Pivot will now successfully recognize tab delimiter.

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue that caused the To: field to be empty 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 was causing some users to experience the application to close unexpectedly when sending Outlook mail from applications other than Outlook.

  • We fixed an issue that caused users to experience degraded performance when moving multiple mail items between folders in online mode.

  • 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 user name to be displayed as a phone number when sending an Azure Protected Voicemail, causing Outlook Desktop users to be unable to open voicemails from external users.

  • We fixed an issue where setting up OME Configuration was adding an extraneous attachments on the mail item which was forcing Outlook to Encrypt the message even though the DecryptAttachmentsForEncryptOnly option was setup on the service side.

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue where linked excel chart incorrectly changes to excel sheet when user changes the source path to local OneDrive folder.

  • We fixed an issue due to which the feature ‘Welcome back! Pick up where you left off in the office' was not working in the PowerPoint .

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

  • We fixed an issue where long links were not being wrapped when saving document to HTML format.

  • We fixed an issue where if you reply to a parent comment that has unknown extensions in an extension list, the reply will get those same extensions.

  • We fixed an issue with Outlook with message set to Do not forward.

Office Suite

  • Addresses an issue that prevented users from importing SPO Lists when ADAL was disabled.

Version 2008: November 10

Version 2008 (Build 13127.20760)

Security updates listed here

Resolved issues

Excel

  • We fixed an issue where certain functions would have an incorrect result after loading a workbook.

  • We fixed an issue where the application would terminate unexpectedly which was related to XLAM add-in references and named ranges.

  • We fixed an issue where using a macro to set the FormulaR1C1 property for a range, the cell references would be incorrect if a chart sheet was the active sheet.

  • Fixed an issue which could cause an error that "Excel ran out of resources while attempting to calculate one or more formulas".

  • Fixed an issue when the Office language was set to Spanish, in which data validation lists may not show all the items in the list.

  • We fixed an issue which could cause a hang when refreshing OLAP PivotTables.

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue where users can now disable IRM (Information Rights Management) for Outlook without having to disable it for the rest of the Office applications.

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

  • 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 searches in Group calendars fail to return any results.

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

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

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

  • We fixed an issue where optional connected experiences blocked web add-ins from loading.
    See details in blog post

PowerPoint

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

Office Suite

  • Addressed an issue for commercial customers who leverage System Center Configuration Manager or other management tool for the Office Update using Microsoft 365 Endpoint data loss prevention.

  • Fix an issue that the Messaging API for Office Add-ins is not working.

Version 2008: October 13

Version 2008 (Build 13127.20638)

Security updates listed here

Resolved issues

Excel

  • Fixed a bug with PivotDateFilter APIs in which 'Before' and 'After' filter conditions were reversed.

  • We fixed an issue where users could not modify a PivotTable filter because it was set to a value that was no longer present in an Analysis Services database.

  • Fixed an issue where Excel could crash when using the Quick Analysis after freezing the top row of the sheet.

  • Fixed an issue that could cause a warning about a corrupt workbook if it contained formulas using IFNA().

Outlook

  • Addresses an issue that caused users to be unable to close shared calendars by clicking on the "X" in the corner.

  • Addresses an issue that caused the "Turn on shared calendar improvements" setting to sometimes fail to apply to existing shared calendars.

  • Addresses an issue that caused users to see an error on the safelinks page instead of the document they were trying to open when opening a cloud attachment.

  • Addresses a performance issue with attachment upload.

PowerPoint

  • This change addresses an issue with Export to Animated GIF feature where clicking on Export button was not exporting.

  • Security fix to address an issue that disabled IRM protections when opening a PowerPoint file in Protected View.

  • We have fixed an issue in Action Settings dialog which was causing a crash in PowerPoint app.

Visio

  • We fixed an issue that caused the Live preview to crash on text alignment.

Word

  • Fixes an issue that caused users to experience a crash when opening certain very large emails.

  • We fixed an issue which user might experience crash when opening a document.

  • Resolved an issue that may have caused a crash when booting Word.

  • We fixed an issue with Style Gallery dialog.

Office Suite

  • 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".

  • Fixes high CPU usage on idle with GIF/animated model3D

  • This change addresses a crash when launching Office apps due to failing to load d2d1.dll.

Version 2008: September 08

Version 2008 (Build 13127.20408)

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.

  • 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

  • Improved map charts: We've made map charts better by integrating them with Excel's Geographic Data Types, which can reveal rich information about your mapped locations. 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

  • 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
    See details in blog post

  • Your favorite Excel functions just got faster: The SUMIFS, AVERAGEIFS, COUNTIFS, MAXIFS, and MINIFS functions are much faster than ever before. Get to the bottom line more quickly. Try one now.

  • Realtimedata (RTD) improvements: In Office 365 version 2002 monthly channel and later, Excel's RealTimeData (RTD) function is much faster than Excel 2010 calculating data in the spreadsheet. We removed bottlenecks in its underlying memory and data structures as well as made it thread-safe to allow it to be calculated on all available threads of Multithreaded recalculation (MTR).

Outlook

  • Shared calendar updates just got faster: For shared calendars in Office 365, Outlook can update these calendars using the REST API. Turn on the preview for faster and more reliable updates to shared calendars.

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

  • 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

  • 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. Learn more

  • 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.
    See details in blog post

  • 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

PowerPoint

  • Get their attention with @mentions: Use @mentions in comments to let co-workers know when you need their input. Learn more

  • Improved map charts: We've made map charts better by integrating them with Excel's Geographic Data Types, which can reveal rich information about your mapped locations. Learn more

  • 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

  • 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

  • Comments: The new commenting experience in PowerPoint allows you to quickly and easily discover and add comments to your documents. Modernize your collaboration workflows with new features like comment anchoring, resolve, tasks, improved mention notifications, and much more. Learn more

  • 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

  • Link to a slide: Ask a colleague to contribute to your slide deck, and start them directly on the slide you need help with. Learn more
    See details in blog post

  • Improved Stream video performance in PowerPoint: We’ve made improvements to the playback performance of Microsoft Stream videos to minimize video loading time and create a smooth viewing experience. Use your corporate videos from Microsoft Stream to create better presentations.

Word

  • Improved map charts: We've made map charts better by integrating them with Excel's Geographic Data Types, which can reveal rich information about your mapped locations. 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

  • 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

  • Confirmation of action in screen readers: Confirmation of action is an important accessibility requirement. With the introduction of a new Notification API from Windows, we are now able to alert screen reader users about the success of their actions. Cut, copy, paste, bold, italic, underline, undo, redo, auto corrections, and auto-capitalizations are now all announced to Narrator users in Win32 Word. To enable this feature, turn on Narrator by pressing windows + ctrl + enter.
    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

Access

  • Resolved an issue with inserting linked SQL tables that include an identity (e.g. autonumber) field.

  • We fixed an issue where query execution was taking approximately twice as long to complete than expected.

  • 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.

  • This fix addresses the issue where trying to run certain queries have previously produced the error message 'Query is too complex'.

  • Access has fixed this current issue, but will be investigating our additional interfaces to ensure that this problem does not persist. The team will inform you with future updates; we appreciate your patience.

  • This issue has been resolved - you can now use our ODBC driver outside of Office's Click-to-Run applications.

Excel

  • Automatic document classification may have occurred for workbooks that were in read-only mode.

  • Fixed a crash that could happen when trying to create a data connection if you have signed out from your account.

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

  • An error could occur when trying to save a file that contains a formula using the LET() function.

  • Fixed an issue where Excel could crash in certain circumstances when using the Format Painter.

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

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

  • Fixed an issue where in some cases, clicking a hyperlink to a place within the same workbook will cause the workbook to be hidden.

  • 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.

  • This addresses an issue where connections created by the SQL data provider in older versions of Office would set internal table properties differently from Office 365. This caused the Table Preview / Query Editor dropdown to be disabled for files with connections created in older versions of Office when they were opened using Office 365.

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

  • Resolved an issue where inking could cause Excel to become unresponsive.

OneNote

  • 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 adjusting sync frequency in OneNote 2016.

  • Improved detection of co-authoring status to reduce resource utilization.

  • 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 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.

Outlook

  • Fixes an issue that caused users who attempted to create a meeting request from a secondary account added to their profile to not see a blank From: field instead of their email address.

  • Fixes an issue that caused users to be unable to connect to Public Folders after adding a shared mailbox.

  • Addressed an issue that caused meetings to fail to be removed from a manager's calendar when declined by a delegate in some circumstances.

  • Addressed an issue that prevented some users of the Shared Calendar Improvements feature from being able to view a newly-added shared calendar.

  • Fixes an issue that caused users to experience occasional crashes when interacting with Cloud attachments.

  • Addressed an issue that caused users of CLP to experience a crash when switching the from address on a reply from a protected context to an unprotected one.

  • Addressed 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.

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

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

  • Addressed 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.

  • Addressed an issue that caused users of some character sets to see file names display incorrectly when adding a Smart Link to a SharePoint file.

  • Addressed 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.

  • Addressed an issue that caused Outlook to fail to retrieve search suggestions.

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

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

  • Addressed an issue which caused users to experience a crash when deleting 4 or more emails from a POP account with the "Download Headers Only" option selected.

  • Addressed an issue that caused the "Allow Forwarding" option to be missing from shared calendar meeting "Response Options" when Download Shared folder was NOT checked.

  • Addressed an issue that caused delegates to receive an error when editing an existing calendar appointment on a manager's calendar.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 see Outlook continuously prompt them to run the Inbox Repair tool.

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

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to be unable to save OneDrive attachments from outside their tenant to their local computer when selecting the "Save" option on the security dialog.

  • Addressed an issue that caused the Scheduling Assistant page to fail to display.

  • Addressed an issue that caused some users to see the Scheduling Assistant page fail to display.

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to occasionally crash when retrieving persona information.

  • This fixes an issue that caused users to experience occasional crashes when editing recipients.

  • Fixes an issue that caused users to see anomalies when using the compact view.

  • Addressed an issue that caused outlook users to see issues with navigation in compact views.

  • Addressed an issue that caused the right-click context menu to fail to appear in the search controls.

  • Addresses an issue that caused users to receive the following error when replying to or composing new email, "Some of the files in this web page aren't in the expected location. Do you want to download them anyway? If you’re sure the Web page is from a trusted source, click Yes"

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

  • Addressed 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.

  • Addressed an issue that caused formatting problems in incident notification alerts.

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

  • We fixed an issue for copy and paste SVG image.

  • This fixes an issue that caused users to experience occasional crashes when editing recipients.

  • We fixed an issue for copy and paste SVG image.

PowerPoint

  • Fixed 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 PowerPoint app.

  • We have fixed a crash issue with suggestion pane.

Project

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

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Fixed an issue where projects couldn't be opened in the Project desktop client from Project Web App if the URL ended in .com.

  • Fixed an issue where if you paste a task that has multiple dependencies, not all dependencies are copied correctly.

  • Fixed an issue where you couldn't save a PDF/XPS from Project to a SharePoint document library.

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

  • 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 if a resource had more than one cost rate table defined, remaining cost was not always calculated correctly.

  • Fixed an issue where the Project finish date isn't getting updated for projects connected to SharePoint tasks list.

  • Fixed an issue where the task selected in the assign resources dialog isn't the same as the task selected in the task board view.

  • Fixed an issue where a project that had gotten into a bad state could not be opened.

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.

  • Changed dancing emoticon skin tone to neutral color.

Word

  • Resolved an issue opening Word documents from custom document delivery (aspx) when the URL contains a query component.

  • This change fixes an issue where Office applications can get stuck in a silent Save failure state after a previous coauthoring session.

  • Addresses an issue that caused users to experience a crash when replying to or composing new email.

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

  • We fixed an issue for copy and paste SVG image.

  • We fixed an issue where the user might lose content when resize a shape.

  • We fixed an issue which the base styles are not updated with Normal style.

  • We fixed an issue where macro AutoOpen runs before AutoExec.

  • We fixed an issue for copy and paste SVG image.

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

Office Suite

  • For the old, non-web service based Share pane, upon closing the document while the Share pane is open could cause a crash. This is now fixed.

  • Fixed a timing issue could cause a crash when closing office files

  • 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.

  • We backported a new AppV51 drop to fix a regression in previous AppV51.

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

  • Fixed an issue that caused a runtime message to show even though the transition to the full product is complete. The fix for this issue was to ensure the service properly computed added products. We filtered out the newly added products (ensuring that they exist in the new configuration as well) and added them to the end of existing Product release IDs.

  • We fixed an issue where users were seeing the UI elements or content not being displayed under certain conditions, in particular with coming in and out of Presenter View or using multiple monitors.

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

  • This change addresses an issue with the Compress Picture dialog not retaining certain user settings.

  • 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.

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

  • Addressed a crash issue with the office host in windows, when an add-in is activated while the registry TabProcGrowth value is REG_SZ type.

  • 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 2002: August 11

Version 2002 (Build 12527.20988)

Security updates listed here

Resolved issues

Excel

  • Fixed an issue which prevented the ability to switch to editing for files that opened as "read-only recommended".

OneNote

  • Removed redundant identity calls to reduce resource utilization

  • Improved detection of co-authoring status to reduce resource utilization.

  • Improved capability for detecting errors and the quality of the sync experience.

Outlook

  • Addressed an issue that caused a significant performance issue when starting Outlook for some tenants.

Skype

  • Fixed an issue where starting a screen share can fail on a 32-bit Skype for Business client after it has been running for several days.

Office Suite

  • Fixed an issue where if AutoSave is turned off through group policy, some documents might not show the latest server contents on open until the user clicks on 'Updates available'.

Version 2002: July 14

Version 2002 (Build 12527.20880)

Security updates listed here

Resolved issues

Excel

  • Speed up loading of files that are available on local OneDrive folder.

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

  • Fixed an issue where the error message “This workbook is currently referenced by another and cannot be closed” would appear because add-ins were being loaded in alphabetical order rather than in a user specified order.

  • Fixed an issue where a workbook could become hidden when clicking a hyperlink to a spot within an already opened workbook.

  • We fixed an issue where some copy and pasted chart links used mapped drive addresses rather than universal addresses.

  • Improved performance when deleting columns with merged cells.

  • Fixed an issue where printer names could be repeated in the list of printers in the Print dialog.

  • We fixed an issue where worksheets containing multiple formulas with defined names was resulting in longer times when saving files.

Outlook

  • We fixed an issue where the IME (Input Method Editor) window would overlap the underlying text being entered via the IME when using multiple monitors with different resolutions.

  • Addressed an issue that caused recurring appointments or meetings to be displayed at the wrong time when approaching a timezone definition change.

  • Addressed 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.

  • Addressed an issue that caused the "Allow Forwarding" option to be missing from shared calendar meeting "Response Options" when Download Shared folder was NOT checked.

  • Addressed an issue that caused categories to occasionally disappear from email messages.

  • Addressed an issue that caused delegates to see different folder hierarchies on different machines for shared mailboxes.

  • Addressed an issue that caused delegates to receive an error when editing an existing calendar appointment on a manager's calendar.

  • Addressed an issue that caused the body of an NDR message to change from Unicode to ASCII after editing the subject.

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to experience a crash when two add-ins add a button to the same ribbon group.

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to be unable to address emails to a Personal Distribution List.

  • Addressed an issue that caused links to fail to be added to emails with the correct tenant default permission when the tenant default permission is configured as"anyone".

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to be unable to save OneDrive attachments from outside their tenant to their local computer when selecting the "Save" option on the security dialog.

Word

  • We fixed an issue in coautthoring if we enable policy FileBlick\Word2007Files.

  • We fixed an issue which Word QuickPart doesn't work when adding lookup field that has been renamed.

Office Suite

  • Fixed an issue where ​users can experience excessive network and CPU usage while coauthoring on large PowerPoint files.

  • We backported a new AppV51 drop to fix a regression in previous AppV51.

  • Addressed a crash issue with the office host in windows, when an add-in is activated while the registry TabProcGrowth value is REG_SZ type.

Version 2002: June 09

Version 2002 (Build 12527.20720)

Security updates listed here

Resolved issues

Excel

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

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

  • Fixed a problem with the scaling of checkboxes in form controls when printed.

  • A crash could occur when trying to list changes on a new sheet for a workbook using legacy "Shared Workbook" mode.

  • Inserting a column in a filtered list would take longer than expected.

  • Fixed an issue where an @ symbol starting a formula would be considered an implicit intersection operator.

Outlook

  • Enables joining a Teams meeting directly through the native Teams client.

  • Addressed 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.

  • Addressed an issue that caused users with the incorrect browser emulation setting when to be unable to complete the authentication prompt for Gmail.

  • Addressed an issue that caused Outlook users on server operating systems to see the error, "Antivirus status: Invalid. This version of Windows supports antivirus detection, but no antivirus was found" despite having anti virus properly configured.

Word

  • We fixed an issue which alignment of word in document gets scrambled when tried to edit after printing using Quick Print.

Office Suite

  • We resolved this issue by updating the channel names in the backstage to the new channel names in the January 2020 Fork.

  • We have fixed this issue and going forward, if a device is policy-managed, it will not call the DMS Audience API.

  • Resolved the issue where there is an incomplete removal when adding and removing apps in a single transaction.

  • 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 2002: May 12

Version 2002 (Build 12527.20612)

Security updates listed here

Resolved issues

Excel

  • Opening a workbook with references to numerous other workbooks, especially with hidden windows, would be slower than expected.

  • Opening CSV files was taking longer than expected in some circumstances.

  • Excel may crash in some circumstances when switching between workbooks with different zoom levels.

  • Fixed an issue with VBA in which writing values to a range would be slower than expected.

  • Data copied from a column filtered by color sometimes would not paste properly.

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

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

  • Addressed an issue where the "Value Crosses At" property on chart axis unexpectedly changes when saving and re-opening a file.

  • Using a Range.Value and Range.Value2 (VBA) would cause formulas to be entered as dynamic arrays.

OneNote

  • Localises the notification that allows the user to learn more about temporary measures being enacted in the OneNote user experience to improve sync and service stability.

  • Display a notification that allows the user to learn more about temporary measures being enacted in the OneNote user experience to improve sync and service stability.

  • Improved sync and service stability by temporarily reducing the number and sync frequency of version history pages in OneNote 2016.

  • Improved sync and service stability by temporarily disabling the recycle bin in OneNote 2016. When a user tries to delete data that would normally be sent to the recycle bin, users will be asked if they would prefer to keep or permanently delete the data.

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

  • Improved sync and service stability by temporarily deferring the downloading of embedded files and images in online notebooks until the user navigates to the page in OneNote 2016.

  • 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 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.

Outlook

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

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to experience a crash when trying to open .msg and .oft files after a Windows update.

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to see message body truncation when forwarding large HTML messages.

  • This update fixes an issue with Microsoft Outlook not displaying the current sensitivity label when viewing or composing messages.

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to be unable to address emails to a Personal Distribution List.

PowerPoint

  • Fixed an issue to relay correct messaging for users who open a copy of a file that has improved comments.

Word

  • Resolved the issue where Access and Publisher might not boot correctly depending on which languages were installed.

  • Fixed an issue with Compare feature for documents that were protected for editing.

  • We fixed an issue when merging 2 documents into one document.

Office Suite

  • This is a fix to address that Project app should not block network when the file is cached in the client.

  • We have resolved the issue where an internal operation was throwing an exception on failure instead of logging and continuing on. The affected users will not be blocked from receiving updates anymore.

  • This change ensures Sketched outline works properly in the ribbon.

  • Fixed an issue while opening files from on-prem locations with some specific proxy configurations.

  • 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.

  • This update fixes a problem in Microsoft Word where text longer than 255 characters inserted while applying a sensitivity label could not subsequently be identified and removed by changing or removing the label if the label policy applied a header or footer or watermark.

  • Fixed an issue that eliminates crashes during Office handoff sessions and improved reliability in the user experience.

  • This bug updates the enhanced configuration service (ECS) url endpoint. Calling this newer endpoint has a higher success rate for fetching from ECS.

Version 2002: April 14

Version 2002 (Build 12527.20442)

Security updates listed here

Feature updates

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
  • 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

Resolved issues

Excel

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

  • When saving as a CSV file, Excel could merge all columns into a single column in some cases.

  • Using Range.ClearContents on a range in a protected sheet could take longer than expected.

  • Fixed a problem with scaling of text in form controls when displayed in Print Preview.

  • VBA macros that interact with the ribbon may run with ScreenUpdating set to True unexpectedly.

  • Addressed an issue where external links don't update on fill (fill down, fill across, etc.) if the source book is closed.

  • Using VBA's Application.Evaluate was not working for User-defined functions in some cases.

  • Addressed a performance issue when creating charts from templates.

Outlook

  • Addressed an issue that caused the Group header to expand unexpectedly in some scenarios.

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to experience a crash when selecting certain search results.

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

  • Addressed an issue that caused the Save to Cloud button to be missing from Attachment Tools.

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 Project may crash when saving projects created with older versions of Project.

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

Word

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

  • We fixed an issue with fit text in a table.

  • We fixed an issue where inserting horizontal lines are not shorter and centered.

Version 2002: March 10

Version 2002 (Build 12527.20278)

Security updates listed here

Feature updates

Access

  • Find linked tables fast: Our new search box makes finding linked tables a breeze. Learn more

Excel

  • Get their attention with @mentions: Use @mentions in comments to let co-workers know when you need their input. Learn more

  • Find what you're looking for: Search for commands, people, files, photos, web articles, and more. Learn more

  • Sketch it out: Give a casual, hand-drawn look to Office shapes in your workbook. Learn more

  • Faster file sharing: Share your documents right from the recently used list without having to open the file.

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

  • Focus on what's left to do: Select Resolve to collapse comments and make open items stand out.

  • Create more accessible PDFs: Create a PDF and the accessibility checker will point out accessibility issues to fix before you save. Learn more

  • Convert files to improve accessibility: Upgrade your files to the modern format to make them more accessible for everyone.

  • Data visualizer add-in: Quickly create Visio flowcharts from Excel. Learn more

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

  • Get stats on your workbook: Workbook Statistics provides an overview of the content of a workbook, to help you more easily discover its contents.

  • More icons to match your mood: We've added over 300 new icons. Find them at Insert > Icons. Learn more

Outlook

  • Connect your LinkedIn network with Outlook: Securely connect your LinkedIn account with your Microsoft account to see information from LinkedIn profiles directly in the People card. Learn more

  • All your encryption options in one place: Just go to Options > Encrypt to choose how to secure your email message. Learn more

  • Insert Link Menu in Outlook will insert a link with permission defined by tenant admin: A link from the Insert Link MRU in Outlook would insert a link that only worked for users who already had permissions to it. This often caused back and forth emails between users asking to be granted access to a document. We've updated this experience so now the link is inserted with the default permission set by the tenant admin. For MSIT this is "organization can edit" so all internal users who receive a link shared this way will be able to access it.

  • Search with spelling woes or typos: Outlook will find what you're looking for even when your spelling doesn't match.

  • Phishing mails are easy to spot: Spam and phishing messages have a different look and feel so you can easily identify and eliminate them from your inbox.

  • Advanced protection against attack: With Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, you're protected against attacks through hyperlinks within email subjects, attached messages, signed messages, network paths, and so on.

  • Let me draw it out: Scribble on top of pictures or add a Drawing Canvas to send your thoughts with ink. Learn more

  • See relevant messages in your search results: Outlook analyzes search terms and shows the most relevant email messages at the top of your search results. You'll also see all results sorted by date in the Top Results section. Learn more

  • Get location suggestions: Start typing in Location when scheduling appointments and meetings, and Outlook will suggest rooms, addresses and other recent places. Learn more

  • Fit more messages on the screen: Select View > Use Tighter Spacing to adjust spacing between messages. Learn more

  • See your messages in a different light: Use the Sun/Moon button to switch between light and dark backgrounds in the reading pane. Learn more

  • More icons to match your mood: We've added over 300 new icons. Find them at Insert > Icons. Learn more

PowerPoint

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

  • New proofreading tools: Don't stress about your words. PowerPoint now provides grammar and writing suggestions. Learn more

  • Live captions and subtitles: The presenter’s words are automatically shown on screen as captions or translated into subtitles in the language of your choice. Learn more

  • You compute, we format: We change hand-drawn math expressions into standard characters. Just choose Ink to Math and select your handwritten notes to get started. Learn more

  • Find what you're looking for: Use the search box to find text, commands, help, and more. Learn more

  • Find and fix missing slide titles: Slide titles add punch to your pitch and make your slides accessible to users of all abilities. Accessibility Checker shows you where titles are missing so you can add them in a snap. Learn more

  • Sketch it out: Give a casual, hand-drawn look to Office shapes in your presentation. Learn more

  • Faster file sharing: Share your documents right from the recently used list without having to open the file.

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

  • Save an illustration as SVG: Save a chart, shape, or other illustration as a scalable vector graphic, which can be resized with no loss of image quality. Learn more

  • Print slide numbers on handouts: Slide numbers are included on your handouts automatically. Leave them on, turn them off, it's all up to you. Learn more

  • Ink-stant replay: When inking on your slides, apply a replay animation to replay the actual drawing of your ink during your slide show. Learn more

  • Create more accessible PDFs: Create a PDF and the accessibility checker will point out accessibility issues to fix before you save.

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

  • Convert files to improve accessibility: Upgrade your files to the modern format to make them more accessible for everyone.

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

  • Why reinvent when you can re-use?: Save time by re-using slides that you created or that others have shared with you. Learn more

  • Change handwritten ink to shapes, text, or math in PowerPoint for Office 365: Go from free-form ink to Office shapes, text, or a mathematical expression in a couple of strokes. Learn more

  • Ink a splendid slide: Convert your ink to standard shapes and text, then get smart slide-design ideas from PowerPoint Designer. Learn more

  • More icons to match your mood: We've added over 300 new icons. Find them at Insert > Icons. Learn more

Visio

  • Back to the scene of the crime: Use new Evidence, Indoor, and Outdoor stencils in the Crime Scene Investigation template to recreate crime scenes in detail.

  • Make polished Visio diagrams in Excel: Create a flow chart or organizational chart by putting data on a worksheet. Learn more

Word

  • Editor for Resume joins LinkedIn Resume Assistant: Editor for Resume offers a selection of grammar and style checks specially tailored for resumes, to make your writing more precise and professional.

  • Fixed a document corruption issue caused by merge of 3D objects.: Fixed a document corruption issue caused by merge of 3D objects.

  • Find what you're looking for: Use the search box to find text, commands, help, and more. Learn more

  • Collaborate in living color: Comments and changes are color coded by contributor so it's easy to see who's who among your collaborators.

  • Edit macro-enabled docs collaboratively: Save your docm files on OneDrive for Business and edit with your collaborators in real time.

  • Coauthoring improvements: Improved Word performance when coauthoring in documents with tracked changes.

  • More icons to match your mood: We've added over 300 new icons. Find them at Insert > Icons. Learn more

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

  • Sketch it out: Give a casual, hand-drawn look to Office shapes in your document. Learn more

  • Erase with precision: Choose from two eraser sizes to fix small inking imperfections. Learn more

  • Faster file sharing: Share your documents right from the recently used list without having to open the file.

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

  • Coauthoring improvements: Improved reliability when coauthoring.

  • Create more accessible PDFs: Create a PDF and the accessibility checker will point out accessibility issues to fix before you save. Learn more

  • Convert files to improve accessibility: Upgrade your files to the modern format to make them more accessible for everyone.

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


Resolved issues

Access

  • This update fixes an issue in Microsoft Access that may cause the error "Query is Corrupt" when an Update Query is run, or an UPDATE statement is used in SQL.

  • 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.

  • This update fixes an issue where using an ADODB. Recorder object in VB code may incorrectly report an error.

  • 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

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

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

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

  • This update fixes an issue that caused the formula bar to display text in a different font than expected.

  • Text to Column functionality may fail for some locales.

  • Users may encounter an error when accessing a hidden named range.

  • Users may encounter an error when saving changes while using some non-English character sets.

  • Resolved an issue where selecting a cell after scrolling could result in the wrong cell being selected.

  • Excel may have issues when editing a protected file from an untrusted network share.

  • Text to Column functionality may fail for some localizations.

  • Users may encounter an error when accessing a hidden named range.

  • Users may encounter an error when saving changes while using some non-English character sets.

  • Fixed an issue that some users may have experienced with embedded and linked objects (OLE).

  • We fixed the right click menu for Pivot Charts to enable the option to Show Details.

  • Resolved an issue that may have caused a crash when searching for recent files while no workbook is open.

  • Fixed an issue where some users may have experienced multiple pop-up windows when external links were present in the workbook.

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

  • Resolved an issue with ribbon customization not loading when opening embedded workbook.

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

Outlook

  • Addressed an issue that caused a hang in the Search Feedback experience.

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

  • Addressed an issue that caused the search box to be improperly aligned in high dpi mode.

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to observe a memory leak in the Outlook process.

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

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

  • We fixed an issue which could have prevented files from being saved to a WebDAV location.

  • Corrected an issue with SMIME algorithm selection.

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

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to see an empty message box with an "OK" button when trying to contact support from the Account Creation context.

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to experience a crash during profile creation.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to see a "The rules on this computer do not match the rules on Microsoft Exchange" prompt when opening the Rules dialog.

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

  • Addressed an issue that caused a memory leak for very long Outlook sessions.

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

  • 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 be unable to open some instances of recurring calendar items.

  • Addressed an issue that caused users with mailboxes on Exchange 2010 servers to experience issues when adding attachments to calendar items.

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to experience issues when replying to digitally signed messages.

  • Addressed an issue that caused the Location field in meetings to get updated unexpectedly.

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

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

  • Addressed issues relating to meetings and appointments set in the Brazilia time zone.

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to see mails unexpectedly send when pressing the "S" key after closing the accessibility checker pane.

  • This updates the attachment blocking logic in Outlook to also block python attachments.

  • Addressed an issue that caused web add ins to access Digital Rights Managed messages.

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to experience a crash during profile creation.

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

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue with Shape.Paste method: when user copies and paste the shape using Shape.Paste method it changes the selection to the pasted shape.

  • Addressed an issue that may have caused a crash when using context menu in legacy PPT comments.

Project

  • Identified an issue where users could get several messages when opening a read-only project.

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

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

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

Word

  • We fixed an issue where in some cases, saving an existing file always causes the Save As dialog and the file never actually saves.

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

Office Suite

  • This change addresses slow rendering of some scatter charts with markers.

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

  • Fixed a bug in ODT and GPO Update Deadline setting where relative deadline only works the first time it is set, the fix enables the relative deadline for subsequent updates.

  • 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.

  • Fixed an issue when multiple documents are open in Word/Excel/PowerPoint from the same SharePoint library, only the first document opened will be scanned for Policy compliance.

Version 1908: February 11

Version 1908 (Build 11929.20606)

Security updates listed here

Resolved issues

Excel

  • This update fixes an issue that caused an error to occur whenever VBA was used to add an image to the header/footer of a chart.

  • Fixed an issue where the border of a Group Box control wasn't visible in print preview or when printed.

  • Users may encounter an error when saving changes while using some non-English character sets.

  • Fixed an issue where the file size of images in chart headers increased when the workbook containing the chart was saved.

  • Fixed an issue that causes corruption of DBCS characters in cross referenced books by keeping the selection ranges in sync with the cross referenced book.

  • Resolved an issue that could cause check box controls to shrink when using autofit to adjust row height.

Outlook

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

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to experience sync failures when processing conflict messages.

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to experience a hang at the Loading Profile screen when Outlook is starting up.

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to see intermittent crashes when changing views.

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to experience a crash when viewing more than 30 calendars in a Citrix environment. Here is the individual KB where this was documented for previous versions.

  • Addresses an issue that caused users to have problems problems with shared calendar folders syncing to the OST, resulting in permission errors when they try to interact with these folders.

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.

  • Fixed an issue that was causing slower performance between collaboration users.

  • Fixed an issue that can occur when a file being opened incrementally contains a slide with more than one embedded media stream.

  • We fixed an issue where security warning message bar may not appear for untrusted add-ins on first launch of PowerPoint.

Project

  • Fixed an issue where actual work may be different between the timesheet and project plan due to resource calendars not being updated when the base calendar changes.

Word

  • Fixed a crash in Word by moving away from a deprecated API.

Office Suite

  • This change addresses correctly rendering images after opening a corrupted file.

Version 1908: January 14

Version 1908 (Build 11929.20562)

Security updates listed here

Resolved issues

Excel

  • Dutch keytip for document title has been changed to Alt-G.

  • Resolved an issue with ribbon customization not loading when opening embedded workbook.

  • There was a problem in which you would be unable to select items from combo box of a WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) form that was opened by an add-in.

Outlook

  • 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 Policy Tips to fail to display when using an alternate sender.

  • Addressed an issue that caused users to experience intermittent crashes when updating presence information.

PowerPoint

  • We fixed an issue when copying a slide from one presentation to another might create duplicate masters.
  • Files with new modern comments will show a yellow warning if opened in unsupported version

Office Suite

  • Fixed an issue where Office update messages appear in a different language than expected. Going forward, Office update messages will correctly match the Windows display language.

  • Resolved an issue where an update would not apply in certain cases where the user is not an administrator and the System account did not have network connectivity.

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