Outlook 2016 / 2019 / 365 Update for April 2019

News

A new rollup update has been made available for all Click-to-Run installations of Outlook 2016, Outlook 2019 and Outlook as part of an Office 365 subscription.

There were no specific fixes mentioned for Outlook, but is does contain several security updates for Excel and the Office suite as a whole.

Based on your release channel, you’ll be updated to the following version;

  • Office 365, Outlook 2016 Retail, Outlook 2019 Retail
    Version 1903 (Build 11425.20204)
  • Outlook 2019 Volume License
    Version 1808 (Build 10343.20013)
  • Office 365 Semi Annual Channel
    Version 1902 (Build 11328.20230)
    Version 1808 (Build 10730.20334)
    Version 1803 (Build 9126.2382)

Note: Depending on your installation type, this update can be installed via the Microsoft Store or the Update Now button in Outlook itself. This update does not apply to msi-based installation of Office 2016.


 


Exchange 2019, 2016, 2013 and 2010 Security Updates for April 2019

News

Security updates have been released for Exchange 2010, Exchange 2013, Exchange 2016 and Exchange 2019. They resolve the following 2 vulnerabilities;

  • CVE-2019-0817 and CVE-2019-0858: Microsoft Exchange Spoofing Vulnerability
    A spoofing vulnerability exists in Microsoft Exchange Server when Outlook Web Access (OWA) fails to properly handle web requests. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could perform script or content injection attacks, and attempt to trick the user into disclosing sensitive information. An attacker could also redirect the user to a malicious website that could spoof content or the vulnerability could be used as a pivot to chain an attack with other vulnerabilities in web services.
    To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker could send a specially crafted email containing a malicious link to a user. An attacker could also use a chat client to social engineer a user into clicking the malicious link. However, in both examples the user must click the malicious link.
    Note: Exchange 2010 is not affected by CVE-2019-0858.

View: Description of the security update for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019, 2016, and 2013: April 9, 2019
Download: Security Update For Exchange Server 2019 CU1 (KB4487563)
Download: Security Update For Exchange Server 2019 (KB4487563)
Download: Security Update For Exchange Server 2016 CU12 (KB4487563)
Download: Security Update For Exchange Server 2016 CU11 (KB4487563)
Download: Security Update For Exchange Server 2013 CU22 (KB4487563)
Download: Update Rollup 27 For Exchange 2010 SP3 (KB4491413)


Outlook 2016 (MSI) Update for April 2019

News

A Rollup Update has been released for Outlook 2016. This is a non-security update which contains 3 documented improvements and fixes.

  • If you type an incorrect set of credentials, and then cancel a password prompt, Outlook may continue to send requests with the incorrect set of credentials. This could cause an account lockout. For more information, see KB4464517.
  • In certain scenarios, you cannot attach a file that has non-ASCII characters in the file name.
  • Improves translations for Shared folders and adds translations for all-day event update for all languages.
    Note: To enable this improvement, you also need to install KB4462241 together with this update.

View: Download information for KB4464502

Note: This update can be installed via Microsoft Update and updates Outlook to version 16.0.4834.1000. This update does not apply to Perpetual and Office 365 based installations of Office 2016.


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Outlook 2013 Update for April 2019

News

A Rollup Update has been released for Outlook 2013. This is a non-security update which contains 3 documented improvements and fixes.

  • Enables the 32-bit of Outlook 2013 to use the new Japanese era abbreviation. The 64-bit already got support for this with the March 2019 update (KB4462206).
  • Adds support for attendees’ experience when a meeting organizer has prevented forwarding. If attendees receive a meeting invitation in Outlook 2013, they are prevented from forwarding the meeting invitation and the calendar event.
  • Assume that you receive a calendar sharing invitation that’s created from Exchange Server 2013. When you open the invitation in Outlook 2013, Outlook 2013 crashes. This issue occurs when the “Read all standard mail in plain text” option is selected. For more information, see KB4464509.

View: Download information for KB4464507

Note: This update can be installed via Microsoft Update or the Update Now button when you are using Office 2013 Click-To-Run and updates Outlook to version 15.0.5125.1000.


Outlook 2010 Update for April 2019

News

A Rollup Update has been released for Outlook 2010. This is a non-security update which contains the following fix;

  • This update fixes an issue that causes users of the Japanese era data format to see a hang in Outlook 2010 when they create a meeting during a month that the era is changing.

View: Download information for KB3114559

Note: This update can be installed via Microsoft Update and updates Outlook to version 14.0.7230.5000.


Outlook for Office 365 Feature Update for March 2019

News

Just as last month, the March feature update of Outlook for Office 365 (Monthly Channel) was released a little late, or they really wanted to go for that April Fools’ Day release date.

Anyway, Version 1903 is available now and although there are no new feature updates to highlight this time, it does contain several bug fixes.

PowerPoint got several Morph Transition enhancements and Word, Excel, and PowerPoint got some Compatibility Checker improvements too.

Note: Depending on your installation type, this update can be installed via the Microsoft Store or the Update Now button in Outlook itself and updates Outlook to: Version 1903 (Build 11425.20202).


Importing eml-files into Outlook

Import EML buttonIf you’ve ever used Outlook Express, Windows (Live) Mail, Thunderbird, Lotus/IBM Notes or basically any mail client other then Outlook, chances are that you have some eml-files stored somewhere as well.

While Outlook does support opening eml-files, it doesn’t offer a way to import them into Outlook.

This guides contains instructions and 2 scripts to import eml-files into an Outlook folder of your choice.

Continue reading: Importing eml-files into Outlook


Exchange 2019 CU1

News

Cumulative Update 1 for Exchange 2019 is now available. It contains 3 new documented security updates and 18 additional documented new fixes or improvements, as well as all previously released fixes and security updates for Exchange 2019 and the latest DST updates.

Notable improvements, changes and fixes are;

  • ADV190004: February 2019 Oracle Outside In Library Security Update
    Microsoft Exchange Server contains some elements of the Oracle Outside In libraries. This update contain fixes to vulnerabilities which are described in: Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory – October 2018.
  • CVE-2019-0686 and CVE-2019-0724: Microsoft Exchange Server Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
    An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists in Microsoft Exchange Server. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same rights as a Domain Administrator or gain the same rights as any other user of the Exchange server. This could allow the attacker to perform activities such as accessing the mailboxes of other users. Exploitation of this vulnerability requires Exchange Web Services (EWS) and Push Notifications to be enabled and in use in an affected environment.
    To mitigate this vulnerability, AD permissions granted to Exchange server have been modified as discussed in KB4490059: Reducing permissions required to run Exchange Server by using Shared Permissions Model, and additionally changes have been made to EWS authentication as discussed in KB4490060: Exchange Web Services Push Notifications can be used to gain unauthorized access.
  • KB4488398: “The Microsoft Exchange Replication service may not be running on server” error when you add a mailbox database copy in Exchange Server 2019
  • KB4488268: Disable the irrelevant Query logs that’re created in Exchange Server 2016.

This release includes no new updates to the Active Directory Schema.
The next planned quarterly update is in June 2019.

Download: Cumulative Update 1 for Exchange Server 2019 (KB4471391) (from MVLC)
View: Description of Cumulative Update 1 for Exchange Server 2019
View: Blog post of the Exchange Team about CU1 for Exchange Server 2019


Exchange 2016 CU12

News

Cumulative Update 12 for Exchange 2016 is now available. It contains 3 new documented security updates and 23 additional documented new fixes or improvements, as well as all previously released fixes and security updates for Exchange 2016 and the latest DST updates.

Notable improvements, changes and fixes are;

  • ADV190004: February 2019 Oracle Outside In Library Security Update
    Microsoft Exchange Server contains some elements of the Oracle Outside In libraries. This update contain fixes to vulnerabilities which are described in: Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory – October 2018.
  • CVE-2019-0686 and CVE-2019-0724: Microsoft Exchange Server Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
    An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists in Microsoft Exchange Server. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same rights as a Domain Administrator or gain the same rights as any other user of the Exchange server. This could allow the attacker to perform activities such as accessing the mailboxes of other users. Exploitation of this vulnerability requires Exchange Web Services (EWS) and Push Notifications to be enabled and in use in an affected environment.
    To mitigate this vulnerability, AD permissions granted to Exchange server have been modified as discussed in KB4490059: Reducing permissions required to run Exchange Server by using Shared Permissions Model, and additionally changes have been made to EWS authentication as discussed in KB4490060: Exchange Web Services Push Notifications can be used to gain unauthorized access.
  • KB4487603: “The action cannot be completed” error when you select many recipients in the Address Book of Outlook in Exchange Server 2016.
  • KB4488268: Disable the irrelevant Query logs that’re created in Exchange Server 2016.

This release includes no new updates to the Active Directory Schema.
The next planned quarterly update is in June 2019. 

Download: Cumulative Update 12 for Exchange Server 2016 (KB4471392)
Download: Exchange Server 2016 CU12 UM Language Packs
View: Description of Cumulative Update 12 for Exchange Server 2016
View: Blog post of the Exchange Team about CU12 for Exchange Server 2016


Exchange 2013 CU22

News

Cumulative Update 22 for Exchange 2013 is now available. It contains 3 new documented security updates and 1 additional documented new fix or improvement, as well as all previously released fixes and security updates for Exchange 2013 and the latest DST updates. Note that mainstream support for Exchange 2013 has ended in April 2018.

This release includes no new updates to the Active Directory Schema.

Download: Cumulative Update 22 for Exchange Server 2013 (KB4345836)
Download: Exchange Server 2013 CU22 UM Language Packs
View: Description of Cumulative Update 22 for Exchange Server 2013
View: Blog post of the Exchange Team about CU22 for Exchange Server 2013


First look at the new Outlook for Windows interface with a simplified Ribbon

News

Microsoft has released a blog post and a video in which it explains and shows off the design changes that will be coming to Office.com and Office 365.

One of the major visible changes is the new simplified Ribbon. Instead of having a large button or up to 3 smaller buttons on top of each other, the updated Ribbon contains only 1 line of command icons on each of the Ribbon tabs.

Preview of the new single line command bar in Outlook.
Preview of the new single line command bar in Outlook. (captured from the video linked below)

This redesign allows for a cleaner interface with the commands which matter the most and with more vertical screen space left for the actual content that you are working on.

There will also be an option to expand the Ribbon to return the “classic” three-line layout in case you don’t like the change, want to decide for yourself when you are ready to change or when you simply want to dedicate more screen space to the available commands.

Microsoft will start rolling out this new experience in Outlook for Desktop to a select amount of Insiders in July.

View: Power and simplicity – updates to the Office 365 user experience
View: Updates to the Microsoft Office user experience (video)


7 Tips to prevent your Calendar from crashing or becoming out-of-sync

For many, the Calendar in Outlook is a crucial part of their day and for future planning. To make sure you can rely on it, there are a couple of do’s and don’ts.

Especially when it comes to the handling of meeting requests, or when having delegates assigned to your Calendar, or when you are a delegate yourself, there are a couple of important things to be aware of.

Failing to do so, could cause your Calendar to become out-of-sync or produce corruptions which can cause Outlook to crash whenever you try to do anything with your Calendar.

Continue reading: 7 Tips to prevent your Calendar from crashing or becoming out-of-sync


Color Code your Emails, Calendar, Contacts or Tasks automatically with Conditional Formatting

Conditional Formatting buttonThe Conditional Formatting feature in Outlook allows you to get organized by automatically color coding your Emails, Calendar items, Contacts and Tasks without the need to apply a Color Category to it or move them to different folders.

The color coding isn’t just intended to emphasize certain emails but it can also be used to deemphasize certain emails such as newsletters or emails you are only a CC or BCC recipient of.

You may actually already know Conditional Formatting without realizing it as it is for instance also being used to:

  • Show unread emails in a blue and bold font.
  • Show expired emails and completed tasks in a grey and strikethrough font.
  • Show overdue emails and tasks in a red font.

The “Conditional Formatting” feature may look complex at first but creating color coding rules is actually fairly easy and quite powerful when used the right way.

This guide will help you on your way to get yourself familiar with the Conditional Formatting options with 8 color coding examples which might be useful to you as well.

Conditional Formatting usage in the Message List.
Conditional Formatting usage in the Message List.

Continue reading: Color Code your Emails, Calendar, Contacts or Tasks automatically with Conditional Formatting


Imported IMAP folders are not visible or don’t show any content

IMAP Folders buttonWhen you’ve exported your IMAP mailbox or specific folders to a pst-file which you then later open in Outlook or import into an Exchange or Outlook.com mailbox, you may be shocked to see that these folders don’t contain anything.

Additionally, when you configure this mailbox on a smartphone or tablet as an Exchange ActiveSync account, these folders may not show at all.

Luckily, this can be fixed without any data loss but the process to do so via MFCMAPI is not for the faint of heart or when you have many folder to fix.

Therefor, this guide also contains a script which you can run to apply the fix for you. You can either fix a single folder, a folder and its subfolders or your entire mailbox at once.

Continue reading: Imported IMAP folders are not visible or don’t show any content


Downloading Outlook 2013 from Office 365 after March 1, 2017

Download Office buttonSupport for the Office 2013 versions of Office 365 has ended and are no longer being offered for download in the download sections of Office 365 Home and Office 365 for Business.

If you still have it installed, you will receive Security Updates until April 10, 2023.

Upgrading to Office 2016 is highly recommended and also already part of your Office 365 subscription. However, common reasons why you might still need Office/Outlook 2013 are;

When you still need to (re-)install Office 2013 as part of Office 365 for whatever reason, you can still download it by using a direct link or by using the Office 2013 Deployment Tool.

Continue reading: Downloading Outlook 2013 from Office 365 after March 1, 2017


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


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


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


Windows 10 (October 2018 Update) and Outlook

Windows 10 buttonThinking about upgrading your computer to Windows 10 or are you using Outlook on a Windows 10 computer already and are being offered a major Windows 10 update?

What should you be aware of when you heavily rely on Outlook?

The upgrade process from Windows 7 and Windows 8 is actually quite streamlined and trouble free for most configurations. Things are even easier when applying a major update to Windows 10. However, for either upgrade, 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 (October 2018 Update) and Outlook


Outlook can’t connect to Gmail: Password incorrect

Gmail buttonWhen configuring your Gmail account in Outlook (or other mail clients such as Thunderbird and Mail apps on (older) smartphones), you might run into continues password prompts or sync errors.

This is because Google has 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.

Solution 1: Re-enable Basic Authentication

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 “On”.

By default, Basic Authentication has been turned off in Gmail.
By default, Basic Authentication has been turned off in Gmail.

Solution 2: Enable 2-Step Verification (Recommended)

Another way to go would be to enable “2-Step Verification”. This is a bit more work but also quite a bit more secure and highly recommended.

When you use this solution, you can create a special “App Password” which you’ll then use within Outlook to logon to Gmail rather than using your regular password.

For step-by-step instructions to set this up see: Outlook and 2-Step Verification for Gmail accounts.

Secure your Gmail account with 2-Step Verification.
Secure your Gmail account with 2-Step Verification.

Native OAuth 2.0 support in Outlook

Native support for OAuth 2.0 in Outlook (2016/2019/365) is being worked on but nothing has been announced yet.


Outlook for Office 365 Feature Update for February 2019

News

Strictly speaking, it is a March update as they were a little late to release the 1902 update of Outlook for Office 365 (Monthly Channel). However, because of the version number and as we most likely get another feature update later this month, it still makes sense to refer to this update as the February update.

Anyway, there were 4 new feature included for Outlook this month;

  • Build in time between back-to-back meetings
    Give attendees time to catch their breath or travel between locations by setting meetings to end 5-10 minutes early by default. Learn more here and here
  • Use Read Aloud to listen to your email
    Outlook can read your email aloud, highlighting text as it’s read. To turn on Read Aloud, go to the Ease of Access settings. Learn more
  • Message Encryption: encrypt-only IRM policy
    New encrypt-only option appears in the Options > Permissions menu for Office 365 Message Encryption users. This option allows you to encrypt a message and send it to anyone, inside or outside your organization. Learn more
  • New default for range of recurrence
    For the Recurrence dialog, the range of recurrence used to default for “No end date”. This facilitated the creation of long-running recurring series, which can become corrupted over time. We are updating the default for the Recurrence dialog to “End by”, such that our default value matches recommended best practices for calendaring. Learn more

Additionally, note that Microsoft Teams is now installed by default as well for new Office 365 ProPlus installations. Microsoft Teams will not be installed automatically when “merely” updating.

Note: Depending on your installation type, this update can be installed via the Microsoft Store or the Update Now button in Outlook itself and updates Outlook to: Version 1902 (Build 11328.20146).


Outlook 2016 (MSI) Update for March 2019

News

A Rollup Update has been released for Outlook 2016. This is a non-security update which contains 8 documented improvements and fixes.

Most notable fixes in this update;

  • Support and additional fixes for the new Japanese era and holidays.
  • Assume that you set a rule to create and move a copy of a sent email message into an Outlook Data Files (.pst) file. After you send an email message, the sent email message is unexpectedly saved as an unsent draft email message in the PST file.
  • When you interact with the “Attachments” tab, Outlook intermittently crashes.
  • Email messages are incorrectly grouped after you swap time zones in Outlook. This issue occurs when Outlook interacts with some add-ins and certain custom Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) scripts.
  • You can’t reply to some email messages that have the “Do not reply all” policy applied.

View: Download information for KB4462196

Note: This update can be installed via Microsoft Update and updates Outlook to version 16.0.4822.1000. This update does not apply to Perpetual and Office 365 based installations of Office 2016.


Outlook 2013 Update for March 2019

News

A Rollup Update has been released for Outlook 2013. This is a non-security update which contains 2 documented improvements and fixes.

  • Assume that you create a rule on a Public Folder based on the “From” address. When you view the rule in the Folder Assistant dialog box, the email address is not displayed and only “From:” is displayed in the rule condition.
  • This update also enables Outlook 2013 (64-bit) to use the new Japanese era abbreviation when the new Japanese era is available. Support for the 32-bit version is coming soon.

View: Download information for KB4462206

Note: This update can be installed via Microsoft Update or the Update Now button when you are using Office 2013 Click-To-Run and updates Outlook to version 15.0.5119.1000.