Open the Outlook Address Book from a Desktop shortcut

Address Book buttonAlthough you can create Outlook Desktop shortcuts to specific folders within Outlook, there is no command line switch to directly open the Outlook Address Book.

Especially in a corporate environment, having such a shortcut can be quite handy to quickly look up a contact in your Contacts folder or a colleague in the Global Address List (GAL).

Luckily, with a small vbs-script we can still recreate this “rolodex experience”.

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Outlook for Microsoft 365 Bug Fix Update for June 2021

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A Bug Fix update has been released for Outlook for Microsoft 365 (Current Channel) and it comes with 3 highlighted fixes for Outlook and another 2 for other Office Apps that are part of Microsoft 365.

The following issues have been resolved in Outlook;

  • We fixed an issue that caused users to experience an unexpected property change prompt when closing a message they had replied to or forwarded.
  • This change enables users to submit feedback through our new feedback system.
  • We fixed an issue that caused ZeroConfigExchange to fail to work properly on Hybrid Azure AD joined machines connected to an external network.

Note: Depending on your installation type, this update can be installed via the Update Now button in Outlook or the Microsoft Store and updates Outlook to: Version 2105 (Build 14026.20308).


Reply and keep original attachments

Reply with Attachments buttonWhen you reply to an email in Outlook, the original emails are not included. This is because it is assumed that the original sender still has access to the original attachments.

There are however various valid scenarios in which it makes sense to keep the attachments. A common scenario which would benefit from this, is in longer mail threads where Reply All is used and where new people are being added.

Although there are various workarounds available, having this option integrated in Outlook is more efficient.

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Outlook 2016 / 2019 / 365 Update for June 2021

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

It contains 5 security updates for Access (1), Excel (1), Outlook (1), and Office (2).

The details about the Outlook vulnerability;

  • CVE-2021-31949: Microsoft Outlook Remote Code Execution Vulnerability.
    • This vulnerability is currently not publicly disclosed nor exploited.
    • The Preview Pane is not an attack vector.
    • The Exploitability Assessment is rated: Exploitation Less Likely.

In addition, it contains 2 documented non-security fixes for Outlook Current Version 2103, 11 fixes for Monthly Enterprise Version 2104, and 6 fixes for Semi-Annual (Preview) Version 2102. Most notable fixes are;

  • Version 2105
    We fixed an issue that may cause Outlook to close unexpectedly when interacting with Mail or Calendar Views.
  • Version 2105
    We fixed an issue that caused users to experience an unexpected close when removing folders from an archive store.
  • Version 2104
    We fixed an issue that caused some users of the calendar sharing improvements feature to experience issues with interacting with their calendar in the navigation pane.
  • Version 2104
    We fixed an issue that could cause users to see the message that they are composing losing the UI focus.
  • Version 2104 and 2102
    We added a registry key that disables the new Room Finder experience (the same experience as in Outlook for Web) and enables the legacy Room Finder with Suggested Times.
    • Key: HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook\Options\Calendar
    • Value name: ShowLegacyRoomFinder
    • Value type: REG_DWORD
    • Value
      • 0 (Default)
        New Room Finder UI
      • 1
        Legacy Room Finder UI
  • Version 2102
    Fixed an issue where end users and administrators were unable to turn on Cloud Settings.

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

  • Microsoft 365 Apps, Outlook 2016 Retail, Outlook 2019 Retail
    Version 2105 (Build 14026.20270)
  • Monthly Enterprise
    Version 2104 (Build 13929.20408)
    Version 2103 (Build 13901.20554)
  • Semi-Annual Enterprise (Preview)
    Version 2102 (Build 13801.20738)
  • Semi-Annual Enterprise
    Version 2008 (Build 13127.21668)
    Version 2002 (Build 12527.21952) 
  • Outlook 2019 Volume License
    Version 1808 (Build 10375.20036)

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


Outlook 2016 (MSI) Security Update for June 2021

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A Security Update has been released for Outlook 2016. It resolves the following vulnerability;

  • CVE-2021-31949: Microsoft Outlook Remote Code Execution Vulnerability.
    • This vulnerability is currently not publicly disclosed nor exploited.
    • The Preview Pane is not an attack vector.
    • The Exploitability Assessment is rated: Exploitation Less Likely.

This update contains 1 additional improvement;

  • This security update allows the Global Policy Object (GPO) for setting the default signing hash algorithm in Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) to apply to existing security profiles.

View: Download information for KB5001942

Note: This update can be installed via Microsoft Update and updates Outlook to version 16.0.5173.1000. This update does not apply to Perpetual (Retail) and Microsoft 365 based installations of Office 2016.


Outlook 2013 Security Update for June 2021

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A Security Update has been released for Outlook 2013. It resolves the following vulnerability;

  • CVE-2021-31949: Microsoft Outlook Remote Code Execution Vulnerability.
    • This vulnerability is currently not publicly disclosed nor exploited.
    • The Preview Pane is not an attack vector.
    • The Exploitability Assessment is rated: Exploitation Less Likely.

View: Download information for KB5001934

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 15.0.5353.1000.


Outlook for Microsoft 365 Apps Feature Update for May 2021

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Microsoft released the May feature update of Outlook for Microsoft 365 Apps in the Current Channel (previously known as the Office 365 Monthly Channel).

There are no new features for Outlook this month but there are 4 highlighted fixes and an additional one was fixed with an in-between release last week.

  • We fixed an issue that caused some instructions for the “Shorten Meetings” feature to be disabled through screen reader technologies.
  • We fixed an issue that caused some users to experience Outlook closing unexpectedly when loading person cards.
  • We fixed an issue that caused the feedback option to be disabled for users of the Office Perpetual 2021 preview.
  • We added a registry key that disables the new Room Finder experience (the same experience as in Outlook for Web) and enables the legacy Room Finder with Suggested Times.
    • Key: HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook\Options\Calendar
    • Value name: ShowLegacyRoomFinder
    • Value type: REG_DWORD
    • Value
      • 0 (Default)
        New Room Finder UI
      • 1
        Legacy Room Finder UI
  • We fixed an issue that caused the people picker in Outlook to expand upwards rather than downwards for users with a perpetual license.

Note: Depending on your installation type, this update can be installed via the Update Now button in Outlook or the Microsoft Store and updates Outlook to: Version 2105 (Build 14026.20246).


Outlook 2016 / 2019 / 365 Update for May 2021

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 a Microsoft 365 subscription.

It contains 8 security updates for Access (1), Excel (5), Word (1) and Office (1).

In addition, it contains 1 documented non-security fix for Outlook Current Version 2104, 1 new feature and 10 fixes for Monthly Enterprise Version 2103, 1 fix for Monthly Enterprise Version 2102, 1 fix for Semi-Annual (Preview) Version 2102 and 1 fix for Semi-Annual Version 2008. Most notable fixes are;

  • Version 2104
    We fixed an issue that caused some users of the calendar sharing improvements feature to experience issues with interacting with their calendar in the navigation pane.
  • Version 2103
    We fixed an issue that caused delegates to appear as the organizer of meetings created on newly added calendars. Meetings in this state did not appear on the principal’s calendar.
  • Version 2103
    We fixed an issue that caused users to see more signatures than expected. 
  • Version 2102
    This enables end users to configure Outlook to add an online meeting to every meeting they create.
  • Version 2008
    We fixed an issue that caused mails to be sent as digitally signed after the user unchecked that option.

The new feature in Monthly Enterprise Version 2103 is;

  • Break the language barrier with a built-in translator
    Add-ins for translation aren’t required anymore! You can now use the Intelligent Translator in Outlook. When you receive a message in another language, a prompt will appear on top of the message asking if you’d like Outlook to translate it to your default language. You can also right-click to translate specific words, phrases, or the whole message.

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

  • Microsoft 365 Apps, Outlook 2016 Retail, Outlook 2019 Retail
    Version 2104 (Build 13929.20372)
  • Monthly Enterprise
    Version 2103 (Build 13901.20516)
    Version 2102 (Build 13801.20638)
  • Semi-Annual Enterprise (Preview)
    Version 2102 (Build 13801.20638)
  • Semi-Annual Enterprise
    Version 2008 (Build 13127.21624)
    Version 2002 (Build 12527.21912) 
  • Outlook 2019 Volume License
    Version 1808 (Build 10374.20040)

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


Outlook 2016 (MSI) Update for May 2021

News

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

  • Fixes an issue that causes smart card authentication users to receive repeated authentication prompts from Outlook when disabling TLS 1.0.
  • Fixes an issue that causes the group policy for the “End appointments and meeting early” calendar option to no longer work.

View: Download information for KB5001921

Note: This update can be installed via Microsoft Update and updates Outlook to version 16.0.5161.1000. This update does not apply to Perpetual (Retail) and Microsoft 365 based installations of Office 2016.


Exchange 2019, 2016 and 2013 Security Updates for May 2021

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Security updates have been released for Exchange 2013, Exchange 2016 and Exchange 2019.

The updates fixes the following Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities;

Only CVE-2021-31207 is currently publicly disclosed but none of the them are exploited. The Exploitability Assessment is rated: Exploitation Less Likely.

View: Exchange Blog: Released: May 2021 Exchange Server Security Updates
View: Description of the security update for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019, 2016, and 2013: April 13, 2021 (KB5001779)

Download: Security Update for Exchange 2019 CU8 and CU9
Download: Security Update for Exchange 2016 CU19 and CU20
Download: Security Update for Exchange 2013 CU23