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News Office 2013 Administrative Template files and OCT

The RTM version of the Office 2013 Group Policy Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool files (OCT) is now available.

This set of tools allows you to deploy Office 2013 with custom defaults and additional configuration settings or to enforce specific settings.

While there are separate packages for the 32-bit and 64-bit AdminTemplates, this only applies to the Office Customization Tools (OCT) and not the policy templates themselves. The admx templates in both packages are exactly the same.

View: Setting Outlook Group Policies
Download: Office 2013 Administrative Template files and Office Customization Tool

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News Word Hotfixes for double attachment file extension

Hotfixes for Word 2007 and Word 2010 have been released which takes care of an Outlook issue where the file extension of attachments which are dragged & dropped into a new message to duplicate.

This issue had been introduced in Hotfix KB2687259 for Word 2007 and KB2687296 for Word 2010 and was also included in Security Update KB2687315 for Word 2007 and KB2553488 for Word.

A new Hotfix for both versions of Word have been released which takes care of this issue.

Download: KB2687537 for Word 2007
Download: KB2687556 for Word 2010

Obtaining the hotfixes
These are a Hotfixes and not regular updates. You can request them via their KB article page.

News Outlook 2010 Hotfixes for October 2012

2 Hotfixes have been released for Outlook 2010 fixing a total of 28 issues.

Hotfix KB2687608 for Outlook 2010
This hotfix contains 26 fixes for specific issues. Most notable fixes are;
  • Assume that you synchronize a mailbox that has a large file size or a folder in Outlook 2010 with Microsoft Exchange Server. Additionally, assume that you restart Outlook before the synchronization process is complete. When you restart the synchronization process, the process starts again from the beginning.
  • After you add many folders to the Favorites list in Outlook 2010, some folders are not displayed in the list. Then, after you restart Outlook, some folders are still not displayed.
  • When Outlook 2010 and Microsoft Lync 2010 are running at the same time, Outlook 2010 crashes.
  • When you reconfigure an Outlook 2010 profile to use a different mailbox, incoming email messages are moved to the Deleted Items folder.

View: Full list of fixes and download information for KB2687608

Hotfix KB2687620 for Outlook 2010
This hotfix solves 2 issue regarding meeting requests.

  • When you close an email message and then open a meeting request in Outlook 2010, Outlook 2010 crashes.
  • When you add a meeting room to a meeting request and then add a contact group whose display name contains Japanese characters as well, the meeting room is not displayed or reserved when sending the meeting request.

View: More details and download information for KB2687620

Obtaining the hotfixes
These are a Hotfixes and not a regular update. You can request them via their KB article page.

News Outlook 2007 Hotfix for October 2012

Hotfix KB2687540 for Outlook 2007
This hotfix contains 9 fixes for specific issues. Most notable fixes are:

  • When you try to rename a subfolder in a shared mailbox in Outlook 2007 in cached mode, the folder name reverts to its original name when you restart Outlook.
  • Assume that you have a large size mailbox or a folder in Outlook 2007. You sync the mailbox or the folder, and then restart Outlook before the sync is completed. When you restart the sync later, the process starts from 0. 
  • If the first day of the week is set to Monday in the calendar of Outlook 2007, the first week of the year is skipped in the week numbering for the year 2013.

View: Full list of fixes and download information for KB2687540

Obtaining the hotfix
This is a Hotfix and not a regular update. You can request it via the KB article page.

News Office 2013 and Exchange 2013 now available on TechNet and MSDN

Earlier than expected, Microsoft has released the RTM versions of the Office family to MSDN and TechNet subscribers.

The Office 2013 family includes the following products:

  • Office 2013
  • Exchange 2013
  • Visio 2013
  • Project 2013
  • SharePoint Server 2013
  • Office Web Apps 2013
  • Lync Server 2013

Currently only the English versions are available for download but expect the localized versions to become available soon as well.

The Office 2013 RT edition which ships with Windows RT tablets such as the Microsoft Surface tablet has also been published as an update to Microsoft Update. So for the early birds who will get their Surface tablet this Friday, you can immediately update the included Office 2013 Customer Preview to the released version.

Note that the Office version which ships with Windows RT/Surface tablet does not contain Outlook but only Word, Excel and PowerPoint. To sync your Outlook data with a Windows RT tablet see: Outlook, Windows RT and the Surface tablet

News Office 2013 and Exchange 2013 reach RTM status

The testing phase of all the Office 2013 products have ended and reached the RTM status, which is the version that is ready to ship to customers. This also includes the server family of the Office products such as Exchange, SharePoint and Lync.

General availability is planned for the first quarter of 2013 (most likely the last week of January or the first week of February). When you purchase Office 2010 on or after October 19, you’ll receive Office 2013 for free when it becomes available.

When you bought a Windows RT device such a Microsoft Surface, which will become available on October 26, it will still include a preview version of Office 2013.

MSDN and TechNet subscribers as well as Volume Licensing customers with Software Assurance will be able to download the Office 2013 applications as well as the server products by mid-November.

Office 365 subscribers will see their server-side services being updated between November and February.

View: Office Reaches RTM!
View: The New Exchange Reaches RTM!
View: 30 Short questions and tips for Outlook 2013

News Word security update for October 2012 affects Outlook

A security update has been released for Word 2003, Word 2007 and Word 2010 which also affects the respective versions of Outlook. It is recommended to install this security update as soon as possible.

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS12-064
This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office. The more severe vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens or previews a specially crafted RTF file. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.

How is Microsoft Outlook affected by the vulnerabilities?
Outlook is not directly affected because the vulnerabilities exist in Microsoft Word. However, if Word is the selected email reader, which is the default case in Microsoft Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010, then an attacker could leverage Outlook for the email attack vector to exploit CVE-2012-2528 by sending a specially crafted RTF email message to the target user.

View: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS12-064

Note: If you have Microsoft Update configured to also update other Microsoft applications, then this update will also also be offered via Microsoft Update or has already been updated automatically for you.

News Re-release of Exchange 2007 and 2010 Update Rollups

Microsoft has re-released the latest update rollups for Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2007 to address an issue in which digital signatures on files produced and signed by Microsoft will expire prematurely.

The Exchange Team also liked to mention that the re-released Update Rollup for Exchange 2010 SP2 RU4 now also includes the following fix:

  • KB2756987: Outlook only returns one result after you click the “Your search returned a large number of results. Narrow your search, or click here to view all results” message

Download: Update Rollup 8-v2 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 (KB2756497)Download: Update Rollup 7-v2 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (KB2756496)
Download: Update Rollup 4-v2 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 (KB2756485)

View: Microsoft Security Advisory 2749655