Outlook 2013 Update for March 2021

News

A Rollup Update has been released for Outlook 2013. This is a non-security update which contains the following documented fix.

  • This update fixes an issue that causes file attachments to become corrupted in the Office 365 Message Encryption (OME) encrypted messages.

View: Download information for KB4493174

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 15.0.5327.1000.


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Exchange 2019, 2016 , 2013 and 2010 Security Updates for March 2021

News

Out-of-Band security updates have been released for Exchange 2019, Exchange 2016, Exchange 2013 and even Exchange 2010 (which has been out of support since October 13, 2020).

The reason for this is because multiple zero-day vulnerabilities exist which are currently being exploited by a nation-state affiliated group.

It is recommended that you start patching immediately beginning with server that are accessible from the Internet (like server publishing Outlook on the Web/OWA and ECP).

The update fixes the following Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities;

View: Exchange Blog: Released: March 2021 Exchange Server Security Updates
View: On the Issue Blog: New nation-state cyberattacks
View: Microsoft Security Blog: HAFNIUM targeting Exchange Servers with 0-day exploits
View: Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) Blog: Multiple Security Updates Released for Exchange Server

Exchange 2019 CU8 – DownloadKB5000871
Exchange 2019 CU7 – DownloadKB5000871
Exchange 2016 CU19 – DownloadKB5000871
Exchange 2016 CU18 – DownloadKB5000871
Exchange 2013 CU23 – DownloadKB5000871
Exchange 2010 SP3 RU32 – DownloadKB5000978

These security updates are also included in Exchange 2019 CU9 and Exchange 2016 CU20.

If you are running an older CU version of Exchange and can’t directly upgrade to the latest CU see; March 2021 Exchange Server Security Updates for older Cumulative Updates of Exchange Server.


Outlook for Microsoft 365 Apps Feature Update for February 2021

News

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

It comes with 2 new features for Outlook and 5 highlighted fixes. The new features and fixes are listed below;

  • Updated Contacts list view
    Contacts list now shows email addresses and updated photo and text size.
  • Break the language barrier with a built-in translator
    Add-ins for translation aren’t required anymore! In a message, right-click to translate specific words, phrases, or the whole message.
  • We fixed an issue that caused users of the Shared Calendar improvements to be unable to set a calendar’s color to yellow or brown.
  • We fixed and issue that caused users to see duplicate calendar groups appearing after creating a new group.
  • We fixed an issue that caused some users to experience the app to shut down when closing message windows.
  • We fixed an issue that caused users to see signatures containing Unicode content to get damaged.
  • We fixed an issue that caused users of inline translation to be unable to submit feedback.

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 2102 (Build 13801.20266).


Outlook 2016 / 2019 / 365 Update for February 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 3 security updates for Excel.

In addition, it contains 3 documented non-security fixes for Outlook Current Version 2101, 5 features and 4 fixes for Monthly Enterprise Version 2012, and 1 fix for Semi-Annual Version 2008. Most notable fixes are;

  • Version 2101
    We fixed an issue that caused Cloud Settings users to experience a hang when updating settings.
  • Version 2011
    We fixed an issue that caused some users to see no signatures in the signatures drop down despite having one or more signatures configured.
  • Version 2012
    We fixed an issue that caused an edited signature to fail to save after prompting the user to do so.
  • Version 2012
    We fixed an issue that caused some customers to encounter a hang while loading their calendars.
  • Version 2008
    Addressed an issue which caused Outlook to stop working sporadically when adding or saving attachments.

The new features in Monthly Enterprise Version 2011 are;

  • SVG Clipboard Support
    You can now paste SVG content from Office into 3rd party apps.
  • Build in time between back-to-back meetings
    Give attendees time to catch their breath or travel between locations by setting meetings to start 5-10 min late by default.
    File-> Options-> Calendar-> Shorten appointments and meetings
  • 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.
    File-> Options-> Calendar-> Add online meeting to all meetings
    Note: This feature requires an update to Teams which is not yet publicly available.
  • Sensitivity label audit logging
    When users apply, change, or remove sensitivity labels on their documents and emails, that information is now made available to administrators in the Microsoft 365 audit logs. 
  • Government customers: Apply sensitivity labels to your documents and emails
    Sensitivity labeling features are now available for customers in the GCC and GCC-H environments.

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

  • Microsoft 365 Apps, Outlook 2016 Retail, Outlook 2019 Retail
    Version 2101 (Build 13628.20380)
  • Monthly Enterprise
    Version 2011 (Build 13530.20528)
    Version 2010 (Build 13426.20658)
  • Semi-Annual Enterprise (Preview)
    Version 2008 (Build 13127.21216)
  • Semi-Annual Enterprise
    Version 2008 (Build 13127.21216)
    Version 2002 (Build 12527.21594)
    Version 1908 (Build 11929.21008) 
  • Outlook 2019 Volume License
    Version 1808 (Build 10371.20060)

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 February 2021

News

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 that causes reminders to behave unpredictably on a system whose time zone changes frequently.

View: Download information for KB4493190

Note: This update can be installed via Microsoft Update and updates Outlook to version 16.0.5113.1000. This update does not apply to Perpetual (Retail) and Microsoft 365 based installations of Office 2016.


Exchange 2019 and 2016 Security Updates for February 2021

News

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

This vulnerability isn’t currently publicly disclosed nor exploited. The Exploitability Assessment is rated: Exploitation Less Likely.

View: Description of the security update for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 and 2016: February 9, 2021 (KB4602269)
Download: Security Update For Exchange Server 2019 CU8 (KB4602269)
Download: Security Update For Exchange Server 2019 CU6 (KB4593465)
Download: Security Update For Exchange Server 2016 CU19 (KB4602269)
Download: Security Update For Exchange Server 2016 CU18 (KB4602269)


Check sending account address before sending email

Select Sending Account buttonNowadays, it is quite likely that you have multiple email accounts configured in Outlook.

Especially when working from home, you don’t want to end up sending your business emails via your private account or vice versa.

Also, when you have access to a Shared Mailbox or are a delegate for the mailbox of a colleague, you could find yourself inadvertently send from these mailboxes or forget to select it when needed.

By adding this simple VBA macro to Outlook, you can prevent sending emails from the wrong email address.

Continue reading: Check sending account address before sending email


Outlook for Microsoft 365 Apps Feature Update for January 2021

News

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

It comes with 5 new features for Outlook and 2 highlighted fixes. The new features and fixes are listed below;

  • Delete conversation by message owner
    This feature allows you to delete a conversation by message owner.
  • Build in time between back-to-back meetings
    Give attendees time to catch their breath or travel between locations by setting meetings to start 5-10 min late by default. File-> Options-> Calendar-> Shorten appointments and meetings
  • 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.
  • Send audit data about sensitivity labeling to M365 administrators
    When users apply, change, or remove sensitivity labels on their documents and emails, Office will send up audit data to the M365 audit backend for administrators to see. This is a silent functionality (no UI) for administrator benefit.
  • Government customers: Apply sensitivity labels to your documents and emails
    Sensitivity labeling features are now available for customers in the GCC and GCC-H environments.
  • We fixed an issue that caused some users to experience Outlook to close unexpectedly in certain search scenarios.
  • We fixed an issue that caused users that have Shared or Delegated Mailboxes with large hierarchies in their profile to encounter hangs.

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 2101 (Build 13628.20274).


Outlook 2016 / 2019 / 365 Update for January 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 5 security updates for Excel (2), Word (2) and Office (1).

In addition, it contains 1 documented non-security fix for Outlook Current Version 2012, 6 fixes for Monthly Enterprise Version 2011, 3 fixes for Semi-Annual (Preview) Version 2008. Most notable fixes are;

  • Version 2012
    We fixed an issue that caused an edited signature to fail to save after prompting the user to do so.
  • Version 2011
    We fixed an issue that caused some users to see no signatures in the signatures drop down despite having one or more signatures configured.
  • Version 2011
    We fixed an issue that caused inline images to disappear when replying to a message with a protection label from Azure Information Protection.
  • Version 2011
    We fixed an issue that caused the original attendees of some meetings to receive a cancellation when another attendee forwards the meeting.
  • Version 2008
    We fixed an issue to provide a user a way to customize justification text when overriding a policy.

Version 2008 has now also been released to the Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel and contains 8 highlighted new features and 62 fixes which have been made available already to the other release channels. Some notable new features are;

  • Calendar gets a makeover
    See visual updates that make your calendar easier to scan.
  • Drag email to a group you own
    Move and copy messages and conversations by dragging them from your inbox. Messages you drag will be shared with all group members.
  • Better results—in a jiffy (Search field in Title Bar)
    We’ve updated the Search experience to make it smarter, faster, and more reliable than ever.

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

  • Microsoft 365 Apps, Outlook 2016 Retail, Outlook 2019 Retail
    Version 2012 (Build 13530.20376)
  • Monthly Enterprise
    Version 2011 (Build 13426.20526)
    Version 2010 (Build 13328.20550)
  • Semi-Annual Enterprise (Preview)
    Version 2008 (Build 13127.21064)
  • Semi-Annual Enterprise
    Version 2008 (Build 13127.21064)
    Version 2002 (Build 12527.21504)
    Version 1908 (Build 11929.20994) 
  • Outlook 2019 Volume License
    Version 1808 (Build 10370.20052)

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 January 2021

News

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

  • Fixes an issue that blocks users from providing justification text when they override a policy.
  • Fixes an issue that causes users to experience occasional crashes while they use Outlook.
  • Fixes an issue that causes the headers of Chinese email messages to be unreadable when you reply to or forward messages.
  • Adds a regkey that enables customers to disable file time inclusion for attachments in IDataObject operations (i.e. drag drop, clipboard).
    • HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook\Attachments
    • REG_DWORD: IncludeFileTimesInDataObject
    • 0 = file times are excluded.
    • 1 = (default) file times are included.

View: Download information for KB4493166

Note: This update can be installed via Microsoft Update and updates Outlook to version 16.0.5110.1000. This update does not apply to Perpetual (Retail) and Microsoft 365 based installations of Office 2016.