News Outlook 2016 Updates for July 2016

A Rollup Update has been released for Office 2016 that also affects Outlook 2016. This is a non-security update which contains 2 documented improvements and fixes for Outlook.

Additionally, a security update has been released which, besides resolving the security vulnerability, contains 7 improvements and fixes.

Rollup Update
The Rollup Update solves the following issues in Outlook;

  • Images in email messages aren’t scaled correctly in Outlook 2016 if you use high DPI monitors.
  • When you try to reply or forward an email message that contains a linked image, Outlook 2016 freezes before the image is displayed.

View: Download information for KB3115302

Security Update
Most notable fixes of the Security Update are;

  • Resolves vulnerabilities that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Office file.
  • Attachments in the body of a task are rearranged when you assign it to another user.
  • When you forward Digital Rights Management (DRM)–protected email messages in Outlook 2016, Outlook 2016 always forwards the email messages as attachments.

View: Download information for KB3115279
View: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-088

Office 365
Office 365 subscribers will also get the following improvements and fixes:

  • Fixes an issue where, when creating a new message to a contact, the To: field is populated with the recipient’s name three times, even though there is only one email address for the contact.
  • Undocumented: Fixes an issue, when creating a new contact from an email, the “Display as” value for “Email 2” and “Email 3” property of the contact are filled out as well.
  • Excel: New feature: Allows you to query Office 365 and Outlook.com mailboxes hosted on Exchange Online.

Note: These updates can be installed via Microsoft Update or the Update Now button when you are using Office 365 and updates Outlook to version 16.0.4405.1000 (msi-based installation) or 16.0.7070.2026 (Office 365 based installation).

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News Outlook 2013 Updates for July 2016

Rollup Updates have been released for Office 2013 that also affects Outlook. These are non-security updates which need to be installed both to enable the fix.

Additionally, a security update has been released which, besides resolving the security vulnerability, contains 5 improvements and fixes.

Rollup Updates
The Rollup Updates solves the following issue in Outlook;

  • Images in email messages aren’t scaled correctly in Outlook 2013 if you use high DPI monitors.

View: Download information for KB3115253
View: Download information for KB3115255

Security Update
Most notable fixes of the Security Update are;

  • Resolves vulnerabilities that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Office file.
  • When you click the Meeting button to create a meeting request for a contact in the Contacts hub in Outlook 2013, the “Unknown Error” error message is displayed.
  • When you use the Task Peek function, Outlook 2013 crashes.

View: Download information for KB3115259
View: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-088

Note: These updates can be installed via Microsoft Update or the Update Now button when you are using Office 365 and updates Outlook to version 15.0.4841.1000.

News Outlook 2013 Mail applet in Control Panel may not open after installing June update

Update:
This issue has been solved with version 15.0.4841.1000 (July 2016 update) and newer.

When you are using the Click-to-Run installation of Outlook 2013 and applied the June 2016 update (KB3166910), you may no longer be able to open the Mail applet in Control Panel to adjust your mail account settings or create a new Mail Profile.

The affected Outlook build number is: 15.0.4833.1001. This issue only affects Click-to-Run installations of Outlook 2013 and does not affect msi-based installations. You can find your current build number in Outlook by going to: File-> Office Account.

Microsoft will of course fix the issue but until then, a quick workaround to be able to create a new Mail Profile is to start Outlook with the /profiles command line switch and then click on the New… button;
Start-> type; outlook.exe /profiles
(note the space in the command above)

Choose Profile dialog

If you need to adjust your account settings, you can also do this within Outlook via;
File-> Account Settings-> Account Settings…

In case you want to roll back to the May release, you can find instructions to do so here; Uninstall Office 365 Click-To-Run Updates
The version you’ll need to roll-back to is: 15.0.4823.1004

News Exchange 2016 CU2

Cumulative Update 2 for Exchange 2016 is now available for direct download. It contains 4 documented new fixes or improvements and all previously released fixes and security updates for Exchange 2016.

Notable fixes and improvements are:

  • Added: Support for .NET 4.6.1 (with the April 2016 update or later applied).
  • KB3171162: You cannot search emails in Outlook or Outlook Web App in an Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 1 environment.
  • KB3164346: Cannot connect to a mailbox when MAPI over HTTP protocol is used in an on-premises Exchange Server 2016 installation.
  • KB3162968: “Failed to load script” error when you log on to OWA and select a language.

Download: Cumulative Update 2 for Exchange Server 2016 (KB3135742)
Download: Exchange Server 2016 CU2 UM Language Packs
View: Description of Cumulative Update 2 for Exchange Server 2016
View: Blog post of the Exchange Team about CU2 for Exchange Server 2016

News Exchange 2013 CU13

Cumulative Update 13 for Exchange 2013 is now available for direct download. It contains 20 documented new fixes or improvements and all previously released fixes and security updates for Exchange 2013.

Notable fixes and improvements are:

  • Added: Support for .NET 4.6.1 (with the April 2016 update or later applied).
  • KB3162933: Outlook client remains disconnected after the mailbox is migrated to Exchange Server 2013.
  • KB3162772: Accepted or declined messages for a forwarded meeting are sent to the forwarder in Exchange Server 2013.
  • KB3150799: IMAP with NTLM fails if a user’s UPN and primary SMTP address don’t match in Exchange Server 2013.

Download: Cumulative Update 13 for Exchange Server 2013 (KB3099522)
Download: Exchange Server 2013 CU13 UM Language Packs
View: Description of Cumulative Update 13 for Exchange Server 2013
View: Blog post of the Exchange Team about CU 13 for Exchange Server 2013

News Exchange 2010 SP3 Rollup 14

Update Rollup 14 for Exchange 2010 Service Pack 3 is now available for direct download. Note that mainstream support for Exchange 2010 has already ended.

This is a security update and resolves a vulnerability that could allow an Elevation of Privilege in Oracle products installed on a Microsoft Exchange Server which are a part of Outlook Web App (OWA).

View: Description of Update Rollup 14 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3
View: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-079
Download: Update Rollup 14 For Exchange 2010 SP3 (KB3151097)

HowTo Outlook.com migration changes; What do I need to know and do?

Outlook.com buttonAs announced a while ago, Microsoft is migrating all Outlook.com mailboxes to the Office 365 Exchange Online mail servers. This will give you a much better synching experience to Outlook but unfortunately may require you to re-add the Outlook.com account in Outlook and make some additional changes once your mailbox has been moved over.

This guide contains all the information regarding this migration process; It’s current status, what you need to do beforehand, what you need to do afterwards and some of the other major changes you need to be aware of.

Continue reading: Outlook.com migration changes; What do I need to know and do?

News iCloud adds compatibility with Outlook 2016

Apple has released a new version of their iCloud Control Panel for Windows which also adds compatibility with Outlook 2016 (both 32-bit and 64-bit installations) via an add-in.

After installing iCloud version 5.1, use the iCloud Control Panel to configure it to sync Outlook 2016 with your iCloud Mail, Contacts and Calendar.

Download: iCloud for Windows

HowTo Autodiscover: Some quick methods to get it working

Autodiscover.xml buttonThe Autodiscover service is a required service for Outlook-Exchange connectivity since Outlook 2007 and Exchange 2007 but for whatever reason, in some Exchange environments this still hasn’t been implemented correctly.

In some part, this was due to the fact that you could still get basic Outlook-Exchange connectivity by using some legacy Exchange 2003 RPC over HTTP dialog in Outlook. This (unsupported) method now no longer works in Outlook 2016 due to the removal of this legacy dialog since Outlook doesn’t support Exchange 2003 anymore since Outlook 2013.

Unfortunately, this leaves enthusiastic Outlook 2016 users disconnected when Autodiscover hasn’t been provisioned correctly by your company.

This guide contains some reasonably quick and easy and some less elegant methods for end-users but also for Exchange administrators to get your Outlook connected to Exchange again. All discussed solutions are fully supported configurations by Microsoft and do not require any changes to Exchange or the need for a new SSL Certificate.

Continue reading: Autodiscover: Some quick methods to get it working

FAQ New and Changed in Outlook 2016

Outlook 2016 buttonUpgrading to Outlook 2016 from Outlook 2013 is easy and you’d probably need very little time to adjust yourself to it. In fact, if it wasn’t for the new default “colorful” theme, you’d hardly notice the upgrade to Outlook 2016 at first sight.

This is actually part of the Office 365 strategy where major new features are also introduced during the main lifetime of the current version, as we saw with Office 2013. In the old strategy, these features were held back for the new version. Office 2016 will get the same treatment so future updates can introduce new features as well.

Until then, there are still plenty of new features in Outlook 2016 to use and discover.

Continue reading: New and Changed in Outlook 2016

HowTo Upgrading to Outlook 2016

Outlook 2016 iconPlanning to upgrade to Outlook 2016? This guide contains a lot of preparation and other information to get yourself ready to ensure a smooth transition

Aside from the preparation steps, this guide informs you about what to expect when you start Outlook 2016 for the first time after you upgraded and how to troubleshoot several issues you may encounter during or after the installation.

Continue reading: Upgrading to Outlook 2016

FAQ Windows 10 and Outlook

Windows 10 logoThinking about upgrading your computer to Windows 10 or are you using Outlook on a Windows 10 computer already? With the upgrade being free, it’s a great offer to jump into, but should you when you heavily rely on Outlook?

The upgrade process is actually quite streamlined and trouble free for most configurations, especially when upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8, but there are still a couple of attention points before you start.

This guide contains not only upgrade preparation and troubleshooting steps but also various tips about the changes that you could encounter involving Outlook after upgrading to Windows 10.

Continue reading: Windows 10 and Outlook

News Outlook can’t connect to Gmail: Password incorrect

Gmail buttonAs of July 15, 2014, you might have problems connecting to Gmail via Outlook and other mail clients such as Thunderbird and Mail apps on (older) smartphones. This is because Google turned off Basic Authentication by default for all new accounts and accounts which haven’t synced within the last 30 days and only lets you authenticate via the OAuth 2.0 standard.

As a result, you’ll get Send/Receive errors (0x800CCC0E) and could get prompted for your Gmail password again in Outlook and the login will fail even when you supply the correct password.

To solve this, you must re-enable Basic Authentication for Outlook in your Google Account Settings. This can be done via the “Allow less secure apps” page where you set it to “Enable”.

Another way to go would be to enable “2-Step Verification”. In that case, you can create a special “App Password” which you’ll then use within Outlook to logon to Gmail rather than with your regular password. This is the more secure approach and highly recommended. For step-by-step instructions to set this up see: Outlook and 2-Step Verification for Gmail accounts.

Native support for OAuth 2.0 in Outlook (2007, 2010 and 2013) is being worked on and hopefully released soon in an upcoming update (I’ll update the this post with the links to the updates once they become available).

View: New Security Measures Will Affect Older (non-OAuth 2.0) Applications
View: Google Account Security Settings – Allow less secure apps

News Junk E-mail Filter updates for July 2016

New Junk E-mail Filter definitions have been made available for all supported Outlook versions.

Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Junk Email Filter (KB3115307)
Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 Junk Email Filter (KB3115321)
Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2013 Junk Email Filter (KB3115260)
Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2016 Junk Email Filter (KB3115267)

Note: This update can be installed via Microsoft Update or the Update Now button when you are using Office 365. This update is included in Office 365 version: 15.4841.1000 and 16.0.7070.2022.