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)


 


Outlook 2016 Security Update for June 2018

News

A Security Update has been released for Outlook 2016. It resolves the vulnerability mentioned in CVE-2018-8244, which could allow remote code execution via a specially crafted Office file. This update also contains additional fixes for 12 non-security issues.

Most notable fixes in this update;

  • When you open and edit a document that is stored in a folder in Outlook 2016, the changes are not saved.
  • After the primary email address of a user profile is changed, Outlook 2016 still shows the old SMTP address for the user profile.
  • If the “PR_EMSMDB_CRED_USERNAME” property is not present in user profiles, some users may experience too many calls to the user principal name (UPN) lookup. To fix this issue, follow the instructions in KB4022165.
  • Some cloud attachments that have certain file names are invisible in email messages.

Office 365 subscribers also got the following new features;

  • Hands free typing
    Use your voice to create emails by simply dictating. No need to type.
  • View 3 time zones
    Need to schedule a meeting across time zones? Add multiple time zones to your calendar to easily see everyone’s availability and pick a time that works for all.
  • Calendar sharing made easy
    Sharing your calendars is simpler and calendars shared from Outlook Desktop are now also available in Outlook Mobile. Learn more

View: Download information for KB4022160

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 16.0.4705.1000 (msi-based installation) or version 1805 build 9330.2118 (Office 365 based installation) or version 1708 build 8431.2270 (Office 365 Semi-Annual release).


Outlook 2013 Security Update for June 2018

News

A Security Update has been released for Outlook 2013. It resolves the vulnerability mentioned in CVE-2018-8244, which could allow remote code execution via a specially crafted Office file.

Additional fixes in this update;

  • If the “PR_EMSMDB_CRED_USERNAME” property is not present in user profiles, some users may experience too many calls to the user principal name (UPN) lookup. To fix this issue, follow the instructions in KB4022165.
  • This update adds AES 256 encryption as a supported scheme when Outlook 2013 is in FIPS compliant mode.
  • When you forward a meeting request that is created in Outlook 2016, the attachment is missing if the AllowHTMLCalendarContent registry key value is set to 1.
  • After you install or update an Outlook add-in, multiple network calls (getAppManifest calls) are made to retrieve Exchange add-in manifest data.
  • This update adds translations in all languages for the fix of an issue that caused recipients to be unable to see attachments on meeting requests sent with attachments.

View: Download information for KB4022169

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 15.0.5041.1000.


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Outlook 2016 Update for May 2018

News

A Rollup Update has been released for Outlook 2016. This is a non-security update which contains 11 documented improvements and fixes.

Most notable fixes in this update;

  • Fixes for rendering issues with the Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Microsoft Outlook add-in and “Waiting for a page to be retrieved from a CRM server…” displays.
  • The Outlook client may create duplicate folders for some special folders that are already in the server mailbox.
  • This update enables “Advanced Encryption Standard” (AES) algorithm with a 256-bit key length as a supported scheme when Outlook has enabled “Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS)” Mode.

Office 365 subscribers also got the following new features;

  • Listen to your emails
    Outlook can read your email aloud, highlighting text as it’s read.
    File-> Ease of Access-> Show Read Aloud
  • Never miss a reminder
    Set reminders to pop up over windows you’re working in. Otherwise, Outlook will blink in the taskbar to get your attention.
    File-> Options-> Advanced-> Reminders-> Show reminders on top of other windows
  • Mark deleted items as read
    You can now set any message that you delete as read.
    File-> Options-> Mail-> Other-> Mark messages as read when deleted
  • Encrypt option
    Office 365 Message Encryption users can encrypt a message and send it to anyone, inside or outside their organization.
    While composing a message: tab Options-> Permission

View: Download information for KB4018372

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 16.0.4690.1000 (msi-based installation) or version 1804 build 9226.2114 (Office 365 based installation).


Outlook 2013 Update for May 2018

News

A Rollup Update has been released for Outlook 2013. This is a non-security update which contains 5 documented improvements and fixes.

Most notable fixes in this update;

  • Fixes for rendering issues with the Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Microsoft Outlook add-in and “Waiting for a page to be retrieved from a CRM server…” displays.
  • When you connect to an IMAP server that does not support UIDPLUS IMAP extensions and network error occurs while moving a message, the moved message is lost.
  • When you try to access the content of a public folder, Outlook may crash if it’s connected by using MAPI/HTTP.

View: Download information for KB4018376

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 15.0.5031.1000.


Outlook 2016 Update for April 2018

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;

  • The custom forms with Visual Basic Script (VBScript) doesn’t run in shared calendars in Outlook.
  • When you connect to Microsoft Exchange Server through a metered network, you see that favorite folders disappear from the navigation pane.
  • You see that authentication prompts appear behind the active Outlook window and cannot be accessed.
  • Adds support for the Sync Slider so that you can specify a long span time to synchronize mails that span 3 years or more in Outlook 2016 via the SyncWindowSettingDays and SyncWindowSetting Registry value.

Office 365 subscribers can now also see a MailTip warning appear if you choose Reply All to a message that you were Bcc’ed on.

View: Download information for KB4018326

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 16.0.4678.1000 (msi-based installation) or version 1803 build 9126.2116 (Office 365 based installation).


Outlook 2013 Security Update for April 2018

News

A Rollup Update has been released for Outlook 2013. This is a non-security update which contains 4 documented improvements and fixes.

  • The custom forms with Visual Basic Script (VBScript) doesn’t run in shared calendars in Outlook.
  • When you send an email from a shared mailbox, the email appears in wrong Sent Items folder in some scenarios.
  • Outlook crashes on startup and opens in safe mode when your preferred language list is set to a language that doesn’t have a Local ID Values (LCID). For example, your preferred language is set to Javanese or Malagasy.
  • You see that authentication prompts appear behind the active Outlook window and cannot be accessed.

View: Download information for KB4018303

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 15.0.5023.1000.