News Outlook 2016 Security Update for April 2017

A Security Update has been released for Outlook 2016. In addition to resolving the vulnerability, it also contains 16 documented improvements and fixes.

Most notable fixes are:

  • Resolves the vulnerabilities mentioned in CVE-2017-0106 and CVE-2017-0204 which could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Office file or email message.
  • When you Reply All for an email message to an Outlook.com account, your email address is added to the To field.
  • After you rename a folder in an IMAP account in Outlook 2016, the subscription may be broken. This folder might not be synchronized with the IMAP mailbox any longer, and synchronization errors similar to the following can be seen in the “Sync issues” folder:

    Error when synchronizing this folder.

  • When you forward and an email message that contains attachments in Outlook 2016 and you add attachments, the attachments in the email message are swapped and become corrupted.

View: Download information for KB3178664

Note: This update can be installed via Microsoft Update or the Update Now button when you are using Office 365 and updates Outlook to version 16.0.4522.1001 (msi-based installation) or 16.0.7870.2038 (Office 365 based installation) or 16.0.7369.2127 (Office 365 Deferred Channel installation).

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News Outlook 2013 Security Update for April 2017

A Security Update has been released for Outlook 2013. In addition to resolving the vulnerability, it also contains 5 documented improvements and fixes.

Most notable fixes are:

  • Resolves the vulnerabilities mentioned in CVE-2017-0106 and CVE-2017-0204 which could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Office file or email message.
  • When you Reply All for an email message of an Outlook.com account, your email address is added to the To field.
  • When you forward and an email message that contains attachments in Outlook 2013 and you add attachments, the attachments in the email message are swapped and become corrupted.

View: Download information for KB3172519

Note: This update can be installed via Microsoft Update or the Update Now button when you are using Office 365 and updates Outlook to version 15.0.4919.1001.

News POP3 and PST search broken by March 2017 Update for Outlook 2016

An issue has surfaced with the March Update for the Current Channel of Outlook 2016 for people that are using an Office 365 installation. After updating to this release or higher, search stops working for POP3 accounts and PST files.

Update:
This issue has been fixed in version 16.0.7870.2031. After applying this update, your Search Index might start to rebuild itself which could result in high(er) CPU usage and incomplete or no search results. Once everything has been indexed again, CPU usage will reduce again.

When you are still encountering Search issue then, continue with the regular troubleshooting steps to get Instant Search working again.

You can check whether your installation is affected by going to; File-> Office Account. When this states that you are using Version 1702 (Build 7870.2020) or later, then your build is affected.

When you are indeed using a POP3 account and/or pst-files and search is no longer working for you, the current workaround is to revert to build 16.0.7571.2109 which is the January 4 release, also being referred to as Version 1611. Microsoft is actively investigating this issue but no release date for a fix could be provided at this point.

Uninstalling the update

Before uninstalling the update, disable automatic update via:
File-> Office Account-> Update Options-> Disable Updates

Additionally, create a reminder in your Calendar to re-enable updates in May as a fix for this issue should be deployed by then (possibly even in April).

To uninstall the update and revert to Version 1611, open a Command Prompt as an Administrator and run the following command:

"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\ClickToRun\OfficeC2RClient.exe" /update user updatetoversion=16.0.7571.2109

For more details and screenshots see: Uninstall Office 365 Click-To-Run Updates.

News Exchange 2016 CU5

Cumulative Update 5 for Exchange 2016 is now available for direct download. It contains 7 documented new fixes or improvements and all previously released fixes and security updates for Exchange 2016.

Notable fixes and improvements are:

  • This update includes the latest time zone updates. 
  • KB4013606: Search fails on Exchange Server 2016 and Exchange Server 2013.
  • KB4015664: A category name that has different case-sensitivity than an existing name is not created in Exchange Server 2016.
  • Note: This CU requires .NET Framework 4.6.2 to be installed before updating.

Download: Cumulative Update 5 for Exchange Server 2016 (KB4012106)
Download: Exchange Server 2016 CU5 UM Language Packs
View: Description of Cumulative Update 5 for Exchange Server 2016
View: Blog post of the Exchange Team about CU5 for Exchange Server 2016

News Exchange 2013 CU16

Cumulative Update 16 for Exchange 2013 is now available for direct download. It contains 2 documented new fixes or improvements and all previously released fixes and security updates for Exchange 2013.

Notable fixes and improvements are:

  • This update includes the latest time zone updates.
  • KB4013606: Search fails on Exchange Server 2016 and Exchange Server 2013.
  • Note: This CU requires .NET Framework 4.6.2 to be installed before updating.

Download: Cumulative Update 16 for Exchange Server 2013 (KB4012112)
Download: Exchange Server 2013 CU16 UM Language Packs
View: Description of Cumulative Update 16 for Exchange Server 2013
View: Blog post of the Exchange Team about CU16 for Exchange Server 2013

HowTo 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, 2018.

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

News Outlook.com dropping EAS support for Outlook

No Exchange ActiveSync buttonAs Microsoft is completing the migration of the Outlook.com mailboxes to the Office 365 platform, they have begun turning off Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) support for Outlook.

This will only affect you when you are using Outlook 2013 or Outlook 2016 and haven’t configured your Outlook.com account as an Exchange account yet.

To check this, go to;
File-> Account Settings-> Account Settings

When it says Microsoft Exchange behind your account, you don’t have to take any action. When it says Exchange ActiveSync, you’ll have to re-add your account via Auto Account Setup by supplying your name, email address and password (or App Password). So don’t choose the Manual Setup!

Continue reading: Outlook.com dropping EAS support for Outlook

News OutlookTools 3 released

OutlookTools buttonA new version of OutlookTools has been released. OutlookTools 3 features a new design and is compatible with all currently supported versions of Outlook and Windows.

OutlookTools is a support and advanced settings tool for Microsoft Office Outlook created by HowTo-Outlook. It gives you easy access to Outlook settings and data folders and allows you to change various settings that are normally only possible through the registry.

Main Program Features

  • Displays installation information of your Outlook version.
  • Easy access to Outlook settings and data folders.
  • Easy access to troubleshooting tools.
  • Start Outlook with a startup switch.
  • Clear the Most Recently Used lists.
  • Make the New Mail Alert stay up for longer than 30 seconds.
  • Unblock attachments.

OutlookTools is free to use, but you can support its development by making a donation.

I’d hereby also want to thank everyone who has made a donation to OutlookTools and thank DigiCert for providing me with a Code Signing certificate.

Download: OutlookTools 3

News No more Junk E-mail Filter updates for Outlook and Exchange

Junk E-mail buttonOn November 1, 2016, Microsoft will stop with supplying new updates to the Junk E-mail Filter (also known as SmartScreen) for Outlook and Exchange.

The Safe and Blocked Senders lists and the International Filter will continue to function as before but the Junk E-mail filter itself will become less effective as definitions will age. Eventually, Microsoft will remove the filter entirely from future Outlook and Exchange versions.

For most scenarios, this might actually sound more dramatic than it actually is; You might already be using a superior Junk E-mail Filtering solution without realizing it.

Continue reading: No more Junk E-mail Filter updates for Outlook and Exchange

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