Outlook for Microsoft 365 Apps Feature Update for October 2021

News

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

It comes with 1 new feature for Outlook and 7 highlighted fixes. The new feature and fixes are listed below;

  • Expanded GAL people suggestions for mail and calendar compose
    Outlook will now return results from the complete GAL when suggesting people for email and calendar compose. (Ex: Adding someone to the To line of a new email)
  • We fixed an issue that caused a sync failure to occur when generating a preview.
  • We fixed an issue that caused users who are on Windows 11 or who are using the visual refresh through Coming Soon to see misaligned text when hovering over the mini calendar date.
  • We fixed an issue that caused all emails sent with Sensitivity labels to always apply the “Encrypt – Only” template which would result in incorrect behavior, allowing people to forward “recipients only” emails.
  • We fixed an issue that caused users who are on Windows 11 or who are using the visual refresh through Coming Soon to see some alignment issues in the ribbon area and strange visual artifacts when resizing Outlook windows.
  • We fixed an issue that caused users to encounter a stop responding when loading the navigation pane for the calendar module.
  • We fixed an issue that caused the appointment quick view to be cropped when previewing meeting invitations.
  • We fixed an issue where the app stop responding when we opened the privacy settings window and the default dialog manager is empty.

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 2110 (Build 14527.20226).


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Outlook 2016 / 2019 / 2021 / 365 Update for October 2021

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A new rollup update has been made available for all Click-to-Run installations of Outlook 2016, Outlook 2019, Outlook 2021 and Outlook as part of a Microsoft 365 subscription.

It contains 10 security updates for Excel (6), Visio (2), Word (1), and Office (1).

In addition, it contains 1 documented non-security fix for Outlook Current Version 2109 (which was already included in last week’s bug fix release too), 16 fixes for Monthly Enterprise Version 2108, and 3 fixes for Semi-Annual (Preview) Version 2108. Most notable fixes are;

  • Version 2109
    • We fixed an issue that caused some users to experience a stop responding when attempting to retrieve AutoDiscover settings.
  • Version 2108
    • We fixed an issue that caused some users to experience a stop responding when adding calendars to the navigation pane.
    • We fixed an issue that caused users of Outlook’s “shared calendar improvements” feature to experience high CPU usage.
    • We fixed an issue that caused calendars added to the “shortcuts” module to disappear after Outlook restarts.
    • We fixed an issue that caused links in the location field to be unclickable.
    • We fixed an issue that caused deleted meeting invitations to intermittently re-surface for some users.
    • We fixed an issue that caused users to see a loss of HTML formatting when saving a draft of an email to disk.

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

  • Microsoft 365 Apps, Outlook 2016 Retail, Outlook 2019 Retail, Outlook 2021 Retail
    Version 2109 (Build 14430.20298)
  • Monthly Enterprise
    Version 2108 (Build 14326.20508)
    Version 2107 (Build 14228.20340)
  • Semi-Annual Enterprise (Preview)
    Version 2108 (Build 14326.20508)
  • Semi-Annual Enterprise
    Version 2102 (Build 13801.21004)
    Version 2008 (Build 13127.21766) 
  • Outlook 2019 Volume License
    Version 1808 (Build 13127.21792)
  • Outlook LTSC 2021
    Version 2108 (Build 14332.20145)

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.


Exchange 2019, 2016 and 2013 Security Updates for October 2021

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

The updates fixes the following Vulnerabilities;

  • Exchange 2019 and Exchange 2016
    • CVE-2021-34453: Microsoft Exchange Server Denial of Service Vulnerability
    • CVE-2021-41348: Microsoft Exchange Server Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
    • CVE-2021-41350: Microsoft Exchange Server Spoofing Vulnerability
  • Exchange 2013
    • CVE-2021-26427: Microsoft Exchange Server Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

None of the them are currently publicly exposed or exploited. The Exploitability Assessment for all vulnerabilities is rated: Exploitation Less Likely.

View: Exchange Blog: Released: Released: October 2021 Exchange Server Security Updates
View: Description of the security update for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 and 2016: October 12, 2021 (KB5007012)
View: Description of the security update for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013: October 12, 2021 (KB5007011)

Download: Security Update for Exchange 2019 CU10 and CU11
Download: Security Update for Exchange 2016 CU21 and CU22
Download: Security Update for Exchange 2013 CU23


Windows 11 and Outlook; An easy upgrade?

Windows 11 buttonThinking about upgrading your computer to Windows 11?

There are a couple of things to be aware of when you heavily rely on Outlook.

The upgrade process from Windows 10 is actually quite streamlined and trouble free for most configurations; It is almost like applying a major update to Windows 10. However, there are still a couple of attention points to go through before you start and afterwards.

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 11.

Continue reading: Windows 11 and Outlook; An easy upgrade?


Outlook 2016 (MSI) Update for October 2021

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

  • This update fixes an issue in which the “Join event” button doesn’t display in the notification email of the Microsoft Teams meeting that’s delivered through an attached .ics file.

View: Download information for KB5001998

Note: This update can be installed via Microsoft Update and updates Outlook to version 16.0.5197.1000. This update does not apply to Perpetual (Retail) and Microsoft 365 based installations of Office 2016.


Outlook for Microsoft 365 Apps Feature Update for September 2021

News

Microsoft released the August 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 8 highlighted fixes;

  • We fixed an issue that caused Room Finder to fail to load.
  • We fixed an issue that caused users to be able to download protected voice mail files.
  • We fixed an issue that caused some users to experience an unexpected close after adding a shared calendar.
  • We fixed an issue that caused users of Outlook’s “shared calendar improvements” feature to experience high CPU usage.
  • We fixed an issue that caused calendars added to the “shortcuts” module to disappear after Outlook restarts.
  • We fixed an issue that caused users to see shared calendars that they added not be checked by default, leading them to believe that the calendar had failed to get added.
  • Fixed an issue in Outlook where custom VSTO controls stopped working after opening and switching between multiple windows and views.
  • We fixed an issue where the following error was displaying, “Read Aloud not starting.”

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 2109 (Build 14430.20234).


Exchange 2019 CU11 and Exchange 2016 CU22

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Cumulative Update 11 for Exchange 2019 is now available as well as Cumulative Update 22 for Exchange 2016.

They both contain the same 15 documented new fixes or improvements, as well as all previously released fixes and security updates for their respective Exchange version and the latest DST updates. The Exchange 2019 CU also contains 4 unique fixes which do not apply to the Exchange 2016.

Major changes to be aware of before installing these CU;

  • A new service will be installed; Microsoft Exchange Emergency Mitigation service (or shortened; EM service).
    Once an hour, this service checks for mitigations to known security threats. It can then directly implement these pre-configured settings on the Exchange server to mitigate the threat until a Security Update can be applied. For more info see this blog post by the Exchange Team and this Microsoft Docs article.
  • The IIS URL Rewrite module (x64 installer) must be installed before installing this CU. This is a requirement for the EM service.
  • When using the unattended setup, note that the /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms switch will no longer work. Instead, you’ll need to use the (even longer) /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms_DiagnosticDataON or /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms_DiagnosticDataOFF switch.

Other notable improvements, changes and fixes are;

  • KB5006983: Exchange Server 2019 and 2016 certificates created during setup use SHA-1 hash.
  • KB5006986: Opening an Outlook message from the desktop removes line spacing.
  • KB5006988: Export of .pst file is unexpectedly triggered again in Exchange Server 2019 and 2016.
  • KB5006993: Can’t log on to OWA in Chrome if SSL is offloaded in Exchange Server 2019 and 2016.
  • KB5006994: BCC values not retained in Sent Items in a shared mailbox in Exchange Server 2019 and 2016.

This release does not include new updates to the Active Directory Schema for Exchange 2019 nor Exchange 2016.
The next planned quarterly update for Exchange 2019 is in December 2021. No new update for Exchange 2016 is planned at this moment.

Exchange 2019: CU11 KB5005334Download
Exchange 2016: CU22 KB5005333DownloadUM Language Packs
View: Blog post of the Exchange Team about CU11 for Exchange Server 2019 and CU 22 for Exchange 2016.


Outlook 2016 / 2019 / 365 Update for September 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 9 security updates for Access (1), Excel (1), Visio (2), Word (1), and Office (4). CVE-2021-40444 (Microsoft MSHTML Remote Code Execution Vulnerability), which also affected Office applications, has been fixed via an update for Windows.

In addition, it contains 1 documented non-security fix for Outlook Current Version 2108 (there were already 5 included in last week’s bug fix release too), 1 new feature and 6 fixes for Monthly Enterprise Version 2107, 16 new features and 56 fixes for the completely new Semi-Annual (Preview) Version 2108 and 3 fixes for Semi-Annual Version 2102. Most notable fixes are;

  • Version 2108
    • We fixed an issue that caused users to see a loss of HTML formatting when saving a draft of an email to disk.
  • Version 2107
    • We fixed an issue that caused users of the Shared Calendar Improvements feature to see newly added shared calendars fail to display until after a restart of Outlook.
    • We fixed an issue that caused users to see duplicate time entries in the end meeting time dropdown when the start of the meeting and the end of the meeting were on different dates.
    • We fixed an issue that caused emails that are resent by a different user to appear to have been sent by the original sender in organizations where SendFromAliasEnabled is set to True.
  • Version 2102
    • We fixed an issue that prevented Outlook from booting after using “Send To->Mail Recipient” from the Windows Explorer.
    • We fixed an issue that caused users to be able to download protected attachments and voice mail files.

The new feature in Monthly Enterprise Version 2107 is;

  • Read messages with fewer distractions
    Make it easier to focus on messages with custom text spacing, page colors, column width, and line focus, by turning on Immersive Reader.

Some of the new features in Semi-Annual (Preview) Version 2108 are;

  • Improved links in email
    When you include a link to a file, the file name replaces the URL. You can change permissions so all recipients have access.
  • Your Outlook settings in the cloud
    Choose your Outlook for Windows settings like Automatic Replies, Focused Inbox, and Privacy, and get to them on any PC.
  • Every meeting online
    Update your calendar settings to make every meeting you create a Teams Meeting by default so you no longer need to remember to click the Teams Meeting option.
  • 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 2108 (Build 14326.20404)
  • Monthly Enterprise
    Version 2107 (Build 14228.20324)
    Version 2106 (Build 14131.20384)
  • Semi-Annual Enterprise (Preview)
    Version 2108 (Build 14326.20404)
  • Semi-Annual Enterprise
    Version 2102 (Build 13801.20960)
    Version 2008 (Build 13127.21766) 
  • Outlook 2019 Volume License
    Version 1808 (Build 10378.20029)

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 for Microsoft 365 Bug Fix Update for September 2021

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A Bug Fix update has been released for Outlook for Microsoft 365 (Current Channel) and it comes with 5 highlighted fixes for Outlook and another 5 for other Office Apps that are part of Microsoft 365.

It does not yet resolve CVE-2021-40444 (Microsoft MSHTML Remote Code Execution Vulnerability). A fix for that is expected next week on “Patch Tuesday”.

The following issues have been resolved in Outlook;

  • We fixed an issue where special characters were included in error messages.
  • We fixed an issue that caused Room Finder to fail to load.
  • We fixed an issue where an unexpected informational notification tip about shortening meetings by default appeared when creating meetings in Outlook, when the option was not configured by the Exchange administrator.
  • We fixed an issue that caused deleted meeting invitations to intermittently re-surface for some users.
  • We fixed an issue that caused links in the location field to be unclickable.

Note: Depending on your installation type, this update can be installed via the Update Now button in Outlook itself or the Microsoft Store and updates Outlook to Version 2108 (Build 14326.20348).


Outlook for Microsoft 365 Apps Feature Update for August 2021

News

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

It comes with 1 new feature for Outlook and 11 highlighted fixes. The new feature and fixes are listed below;

  • Turn on shared calendar improvements
    For shared calendars in Office 365, Outlook can update these calendars using the REST API. Turn on the preview for faster and more reliable updates to shared calendars.
    • File-> Account Settings-> Account Settings…-> double click on your Exchange Online account-> More Settings-> tab: Advanced-> enable: Turn on shared calendar improvements
  • We fixed an issue that caused users to be able to download protected attachments.
  • We fixed an issue where the app stopped working while composing an email using Outlook.
  • We fixed an issue where the app stops responding shortly after Outlook boot.
  • We fixed an issue where email signatures would be missing after a change in the account’s UPN/SMTP name.
  • Fixed an issue where changes only to the content of a signature would not be updated in the cloud-based setting.
  • Fixed an issue that caused users to be able to download protected voice mail messages.
  • Fixed an error when forwarding some large or long running recurring meetings as ICAL.
  • Fixed an issue where a meeting occurrence cancellation form would appear instead of the expected edit form.
  • We fixed an issue that was causing the app to stop responding when using Outlook.
  • We fixed a bug that caused increased network activity shortly after Outlook boot with profiles that have multiple accounts.
  • Fixed a bug in Outlook where custom VSTO controls stopped working after opening and switching between multiple windows and views.

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 2108 (Build 14326.20238).