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Microsoft Redesigns Office to make it simpler — here are the biggest changes

Microsoft is redesigning its Office productivity applications to make them easier to use, as it faces a tougher Google competition.

Microsoft said on Wednesday it is refreshing Office 365 applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, in part to make them more accessible to users with disabilities. The company is greatly reducing the size of the ribbon, the toolbar that for many years has been loaded with buttons.

Users who prefer traditional tape can go back with a single click. www.office.com/setup

Office renewal comes two months after Google unveiled a redesign for Gmail. Google has been gaining traction in the business world with its suite of cloud-based office applications.

But Microsoft needs to maintain the momentum in Office 365, which remains one of the company’s main growth opportunities. As part of the update, the icons have been modernized to make their functions more obvious. When working on a document, users can hover over the comments to change their color, and on the Office website, they can hover over the name of a file to be displayed virtually.

Proactive search
Microsoft brings the animations of its “fluid” design system to Office applications. Above the ribbon, the category of options you are currently viewing is underlined in blue, and the underline seems to move quickly when you select a different category.

The changes are not only cosmetic. Microsoft will also begin to allow you to anchor the tape to the individual features you use frequently, just as you can set certain applications to the start menu in Windows.

The search box on the Office website and applications will automatically offer suggestions for people and files based on their use, and search suggestions will vary by application.
So far, new features have been made available to a small group of paying Office users.

Jon Friedman, chief designer of Office, told CNBC that the company is paying close attention to customer comments so they can make the necessary improvements before driving changes to different operating systems and applications. The new tape, for example, is coming to the Word web version before it appears anywhere else.

“We are very confident that it is a step in the right direction,” Friedman said.

Originally posted here:

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/13/microsoft-redesigned-office–here-are-the-biggest-changes.html

Microsoft Office 2019 Will Only Work on Windows 10

Microsoft is providing an update on Office 2019 today, revealing that the apps will only run on Windows 10. In a support article for service and support of Windows and Office, Microsoft has revealed you’ll need to upgrade to Windows 10 if you want the latest version of Office without subscribing to the company’s Office 365 service.

It’s a move that’s clearly designed to push businesses that are holding off on Office 365 into subscriptions, as the standalone Office 2019 software will only be supported on Windows 10 and not Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 machines. This won’t affect Office for Mac, which is a separate product with a different release schedule. Microsoft is also altering the support lifecycle for Office 2019, so it will receive 5 years of mainstream support and then “approximately 2 years of extended support.”

OFFICE 2019 WILL BE AVAILABLE LATER THIS YEAR

Office 2019 (arriving in the second half of 2018) will include the usual Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook client apps, alongside server versions of Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business. Microsoft is planning to release preview copies of Office 2019 in the middle of 2018, and the software is primarily designed for organizations that aren’t using the cloud Office 365 versions.

Microsoft is also extending its Windows 10 support for enterprise and education customers running certain versions of the operating system. Windows 10 version 1511, 1607, 1703, and 1709 will all be supported for another six months to help enterprise and education users move to the latest supported versions of Windows 10.

Microsoft Releases Office 2019 Preview

Available for business users to test today

www.setupoffize.comMicrosoft is starting to preview the features and changes to Office 2019 today. The software maker is making its first Office 2019 preview available to business customers, with features that are typically found in Microsoft’s Office 365 subscription. Office 2019 will include the usual Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook client apps, alongside server versions of Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business.

Microsoft is targeting this Windows version of Office 2019 towards businesses that aren’t running Office 365, and the productivity suite will only run on Windows 10. A separate Office 2019 for Mac version will also be available for macOS. “Updates include new and improved inking features across the apps, like the roaming pencil case, pressure sensitivity, and tilt effects; more powerful data analysis in Excel, like new formulas, new charts, and Power BI integration; and sophisticated presentation features in PowerPoint, like Morph and Zoom,” explains Microsoft’s Jared Spataro.

Microsoft is planning to release Office 2019 later this year, and most users will be business customers who aren’t subscribed to Office 365. Businesses can sign up to try out Office 2019 right here.

Originally posted here:

https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/27/17290112/microsoft-office-2019-preview

Microsoft Office Releases ‘Office 2016 16.12’

Microsoft has released version 16.12 of its Office 2016 suite of applications with improvements in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Word, Excel and PowerPoint offer better exchange and collaboration, with OneDrive documents synchronized locally that now open directly from the cloud.

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The four applications now allow you to insert and edit Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) files. Otherwise, Outlook sees most of the changes, obtaining faster access to the details of the event, highlighting the search terms in the results, the week numbers in the calendar view and the Skype meeting schedule directed by the delegate on behalf of the directors.

Finally, Microsoft AutoUpdate is now compatible with the msupdate command-line tool. ($ 149.99 for a single purchase, annual subscription options of $ 99.99 / $ 69.99, free update through Microsoft AutoUpdate, release notes, 10.10+)

Zero-day error in Internet Explorer that Microsoft

www.office.com/setup Internet Explorer is pre-installed on all Windows PCs, although it has been replaced by Microsoft’s new Edge browser in terms of long-term support. The reason is simple: many organizations use the archaic browser for legacy applications, so Microsoft has had to maintain it but is not spending a great deal of time improving it. Unfortunately, according to a security company, Internet Explorer has a serious flaw that leaves it open to malware attacks.

ZDNet reports the zero-day error, which comes from Chinese antivirus software company Qihoo 360 Core. The company’s security research team claims that the error uses a Microsoft Office document that has an installed vulnerability that opens a web page that downloads malware. According to the researchers, the malware exploits a user account control derivation attack (UAC), and also uses steganography of file, which is the technology of embedding a message, image or file inside another message, image or file.

Microsoft responded to the ZDNet comment request with the following fairly generic statement:

“Windows has a commitment from customers to investigate reported security issues and to proactively update affected devices as soon as possible.We recommend that customers use Windows 10 and the Microsoft Edge browser for the best protection.Our standard policy is to provide solutions through our current Update Calendar Tuesday. ”

Apparently, the attack is being carried out globally by an “advanced persistent threat group (APT)”. That implies a group of hackers with some capabilities that can carry out such a sophisticated attack. Unfortunately, there is not much that users can do at this time, except follow the usual security tips: keep your systems and software updated, make sure they are using enough malware protection and not open any files unless they are absolutely sure of that it is from a reliable source and that it was sent on purpose.

Microsoft Windows Security Updates April 2018

Welcome to our monthly overview of Microsoft’s Windows security updates. We provide you with full details of all released security and non-security updates for Windows and other Microsoft products.

Check out the executive summary at the top if you are in a hurry, or go through the list of released updates and click on the links that point to Microsoft’s Knowledgebase to look up additional information.

The overview includes the vulnerability distribution per client and server operating system, as well as for Edge and Internet Explorer, the list of patches, download information, and information about Microsoft Office and security advisories.

Microsoft planned to release the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update, version 1803 today, but it appears that the release has been delayed.

Microsoft Windows Security Updates April 2018

You may download the following Excel spreadsheet that lists all published security updates for all Microsoft products on the April 2018 Patch day: Windows Security Updates April 2018

Executive Summary

  • Microsoft released security updates for all supported client and server versions of the Windows operating system.
  • All client and server versions of Windows are affected by critical vulnerabilities.
  • Other Microsoft products with patches are: Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Edge, Adobe Flash Player, Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft Azure IoT SDK, ChakraCore
  • Microsoft lifted the update block restriction for Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and server variants on devices without HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\QualityCompat\cadca5fe-87d3-4b96-b7fb-a231484277cc Registry setting.

Operating System Distribution

  • Windows 7: 21 vulnerabilities of which 6 are rated critical, 1 moderate and 14 important
  • Windows 8.1: 23 vulnerabilities of which 6 are rated critical, 1 moderate and 16 important
  • Windows 10 version 1607: 25 vulnerabilities of which 6 are rated critical and 19 important
  • Windows 10 version 1703: 28 vulnerabilities of which 6 are rated critical and 22 important
  • Windows 10 version 1709: 28 vulnerabilities of which 6 are rated critical and 22 important

Windows Server products

  • Windows Server 2008 R2: 21 vulnerabilities of which 6 are rated critical, 1 moderate and 14 important
  • Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2: 23 vulnerabilities which 6 are rated critical, 1 moderate and 16 important
  • Windows Server 2016: 27 vulnerabilities of which 6 are rated critical, 1 moderate and 20 important

Other Microsoft Products

  • Internet Explorer 11: 13 vulnerabilities, 8 critical, 5 important
  • Microsoft Edge: 10 vulnerabilities, 8 critical, 2 important

Windows Security Updates

Microsoft released an update for the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine on April 3, 2018.

KB4093112 — Windows 10 version 1709

  • Provides support to control usage of Indirect Branch Prediction Barrier (IBPB) within some AMD processors (CPUs).
  • Access violation issue in Internet Explorer.
  • Enterprise Mode redirect issue in IE and Edge.
  • SVG access violation issue when under high load in Internet Explorer.
  • Updated time zone information issues.
  • App-V service may stop working on RDS servers that host many users.
  • User accounts locking issue when moving apps to a shared platform using App-V.
  • ActiveX content printing issue in Internet Explorer.
  • Addresses an issue that causes document.execCommand(“copy”) to always return False in Internet Explorer.
  • Internet Explorer did not identify custom controls correctly in some instances.
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Windows kpp platform and frameworks, Microsoft scripting engine, Windows graphics, Windows Server, Windows kernel, Windows datacenter networking, Windows wireless networking, Windows virtualization and Kernel, and Windows Hyper-V.

KB4093107 — Windows 10 version 1703

  • Same as KB4093112

KB4093119 — Windows 10 version 1607

  • Same as KB4093112

KB4093108 — Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 — Security Only

  • Lifted blocking of updates via Windows Update and WSUS if “antivirus compatibility” Registry key was not set.
  • Stop error when the update from previous month was applied on 32-bit systems with PAE mode disabled.
  • Kernel reliability improvements.
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer, Microsoft scripting engine, Microsoft graphics component, Windows Server, Windows datacenter networking, Windows virtualization and kernel, and Windows app platform and frameworks.

KB4093115 — Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

  • Lifted blocking of updates via Windows Update and WSUS if “antivirus compatibility” Registry key was not set.
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer, Microsoft scripting engine, Microsoft graphics component, Windows Server, Windows kernel, Windows datacenter networking, Windows Hyper-V, Windows virtualization and kernel , and Windows app platform and frameworks.

KB4093114 — Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

  • ActiveX printing issue in IE.
  • SVG rendering issue causing high load issue in IE.
  • Custom controls identifying issue in IE.
  • and all of KB4093115.

KB4093118 — Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 — Monthly Rollup

  • ActiveX printing issue in Internet Explorer
  • SVG high load rendering issue in Internet Explorer.
  • Issue with identifying custom controls in IE.
  • and all updates of KB4093108

KB4093110 — Security update for Adobe Flash Player: April 10, 2018

KB4091756 — Windows XP Embedded and Windows Server 2008 — Denial of Server vulnerability

KB4092946 — Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer

KB4093108 — Security Only Quality Update for Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2

Office 2016

KB4018337 — Excel 2016: security update that patches a remote code execution vulnerability and includes non-security improvements.

KB4011628 — Office 2016: patches remote code execution vulnerability

KB4018319 — Office 2016: patches remote code execution vulnerability and includes non-security improvements

KB4018328 — Office 2016: patches remote code execution vulnerability and includes non-security improvements.

KB4018339 — Word 2016: patches remote code execution vulnerability and includes non-security improvements.

KB4011667 — Office 2016: fixes crash that occurs when adding an account that has already signed in.

KB4018322 — Office 2016: blocks minors from running or obtaining add-ins without parental consent from the online store, and adds translation for the message why an Office add-on cannot be loaded.

KB4018329 — Office 2016: update for Office 2016 Language Interface Pack.

KB4018326 — Outlook 2016: adds support for Sync Slider, improves some translations, an issue with favorite folders disappearing under certain circumstances, and an issue where the recipients name may be removed from the recipient list if it matches the sender’s display name.

KB4011726 — PowerPoint 2016: adds help message for Microsoft Equation 3.0 and translation of the message that informs about the end of support for Microsoft Equation 3.0.

KB4018320 — Project 2016:  fixes a Project opening issue that results in the error message “Sorry, we were unable to open your project. Please try again. If this happens again, contact your administrator.”. Fixes a crash furthermore, an issue with Change Working Time dialog boxes, and introduces new information to projects saved in XML format.

Tip: you can restore simple saving by setting SimpleXmlexport to the value of 1 in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\16.0\MS Project\Options\Save\

KB4018323 — Skype for Business 2016 update.

Office 2013

KB4018347 — Word 2013: patches remote code execution and includes non-security improvements.

KB4018350 — Excel 2013: patches remote code execution vulnerability and includes non-security improvements.

KB4018330 — Office 2013: patches remote code execution vulnerability and includes non-security fixes.

KB4018288 — Office 2013: Patches remote code execution vulnerability

KB3178636 — Office 2013: fixes a crash in Outlook 2013 when opening messages that contain byte-order mark or zero-width non-breaking space characters in the body.

KB4018333 — Office 2013: adds translations of messages that inform users why an Office add-in could not be loaded. Also, minors require parental consent to obtain or run add-ins from the online store.

KB4018303 — Outlook 2013: fixes a crash in Outlook, custom forms with Visual Basic Script issue in shared calendars, sent emails appearing in the wrong Sent Items folder, and authentication prompt that were locked behind the main Outlook window.

KB4018289 — Powerpoint 2013: same as KB4011726

KB4018335 — Project 2013: same as KB4018320

KB4018334 — Skype for Business 2015 update.

Office 2010

KB4018362 — Excel 2010 security update

KB4018359 — Word 2010 security update

KB4018357 — Office 2013 security update

KB4018311 — Office 2013 security update

KB2965234 — PowerPoint 2010: Adds “appropriate help message” for Microsoft Equation 3.0.

KB4018312 — same as KB2965234 but for PowerPoint Viewer.

KB3128038 — Project 2010: adds new information to saved projects in XML format including name of views, tables, filters, groups, and more.

KB4018317 — Outlook 2010: custom forms with Visual Basic Script doesn’t run in shared calendars.

Update: Microsoft did release patches for Office 2007, SharePoint Server 2016, SharePoint Server 2013, Project Server 2013, and SharePoint Foundation 2013, and SharePoint Server 2013 as well.

How to download and install the March 2018 security updates

windows updates april 2018

Microsoft distributes updates via Windows Update to consumer systems. All versions of Windows are configured to check for, download and install important updates when they are published.

You may run a manual check for updates to pick up the updates as early as possible as the update checking does not happen in realtime.

  1. Tap on the Windows-key to open the Start Menu.
  2. Type Windows Updates and select the result.
  3. Click on the “check for updates” button if the update check is not run automatically.

Windows runs a check for updates and will download and install those it finds automatically.

Note: It is recommended that you create a backup of the system before you install updates as they may break things.

Direct update downloads

Updates for all supported versions of Windows may also be downloaded from the Microsoft Update Catalog website. Just click on the direct links below to do so.

Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP

  •  KB4093118— 2018-04 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7
  •  KB4093108— 2018-04 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 7

Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

  •  KB4093114— 2018-04 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 8.1
  •   KB4093115— 2018-04 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 8.1

Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 (version 1607)

  •  KB4093119— 2018-04 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 and Windows Server 2016

Windows 10 (version 1703)

  • KB4093107 — 2018-04 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1703

Windows 10 (version 1709)

  • KB4093112 — 2018-04 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1709

Microsoft to Ban ‘offensive language’ from

www.office.com/setupMicrosoft will ban ‘offensive language’ and ‘inappropriate content’ from Skype, Xbox, Office and other services on May 1, claiming that you have the right to review your private data to ‘investigate’.

It is better to be careful if you play Xbox, they mark you and criticize you. Microsoft could ban you from “offensive language.” If they do, say goodbye to your Xbox Gold Membership and any Microsoft account balance.

Or if you and a loved one get hot and heavy through Skype, it is better to look at their language and any nudity because that can also make them see it forbidden. The ban-hammer could also fall if Cortana is listening at the wrong time or if documents and files hosted on Microsoft services violate Microsoft’s amended terms.

The changes are part of the new Microsoft Terms of Services agreement that will go into effect on May 1 and cover a plethora of Microsoft services.

Civil rights activist and law student Jonathan Corbett took the time to read the new terms and raised the alarm.

Microsoft provided a summary of the changes; the number 5 says:

In the section of the Code of Conduct, we have clarified that the use of offensive language and fraudulent activity is prohibited. We also clarify that violation of the Code of Conduct through the Xbox Services may result in suspensions or prohibitions on participation in the Xbox Services, including loss of content licenses, Xbox Gold membership time and balance balances. Microsoft accounts associated with the account.

What qualifies as offensive language?

The offensive language is quite vague. Offensive to whom? What my grandmother might consider offensive and what might seem offensive could be very different. But how would Microsoft even know if you really had been “offensive”? Well, that part is under the Code of Conduct, which states: “When investigating alleged violations of these Terms, Microsoft reserves the right to review Your Content to resolve the problem.”

Microsoft added: “However, we can not monitor all Services and not try.”

I’m not sure that makes it feel better, since another part indicates that Microsoft “can also block the delivery of a communication (such as email, file exchange or instant message) to or from the Services in an effort to enforce these Terms or may remove or refuse to publish your content for any reason. ”

Corbett also pointed to a part of the text found in the new Microsoft agreement:

Do not show or publicly use the Services to share content or inappropriate material (involving, for example, nudity, bestiality, pornography, offensive language, graphic violence or criminal activity).

Corbett then wrote:

So, wait a moment: I can not use Skype to have a video call for adults with my girlfriend. I can not use OneDrive to back up a document that says “f * ck” on it. If I call someone with a malicious name on Xbox Live, they will not only cancel my account, they will also confiscate the funds that I have deposited in my account. (And we are no longer allowed to shoot people in Call of Duty? The animated violence actually has no more “graphic effect” than this video game approved by Microsoft).

Why You Need to Know the Microsoft Office Suite

www.office.com/setup office com setup Today’s companies thrive and compete better when they are at the forefront of technology. It’s you? If you do not understand the basics of business applications that help businesses thrive, you can not reach your potential or help businesses achieve theirs.

Microsoft Office Suite is used by 80 percent of companies.1 Its popularity is just a good reason to know MS Office, but there is more. Take a look at our 4 important reasons why you need to know Microsoft Office Suite.

Popularity: Because Microsoft is used by so many companies, the skills you have working in the software are immediately transferable to new jobs and companies. It’s as if you spoke the same language as everyone else! What happens to you and your professional career if you do not do it?

Communication: You can communicate and collaborate more effectively with Microsoft tools. Whether you are using Outlook for email or take advantage of the co-authoring functions in Word and PowerPoint, you are literally on the same page as your co-workers. That ease of communication helps reduce errors and improve the quality of the service it provides to its customers.

Productivity: Microsoft helps you operate more efficiently so you can be more productive. For example, Excel not only allows you to enter and calculate data quickly; It also has advanced analytical tools so you can discover patterns and make sound financial decisions. The laborious tasks, once performed only by accounting professionals, can now be completed quickly by assistants with adequate training.

Simplicity: each of the components of MS Office is easy to use and includes easy-to-use integrated help files. If you get stuck at any time, just go to the help tab and write your question. You can even access online support to get tutorials on how to solve any problem that may arise.

If you want a career in business, you’ll want to become an expert in the Microsoft Office Suite. I’m not sure how to start? Take a look at the commercial career training programs at Charter College. Not only will we teach you everything you need to know about modern business software; We will teach you the hard and soft skills you need to become a business professional.

“Patch Tuesday” Adobe and Microsoft

www.office.com/setup: Adobe and Microsoft published critical solutions for their products today, a.k.a “Patch Tuesday”, the second Tuesday of every month. Adobe updated its Flash Player program to solve a half dozen critical security holes. Microsoft issued updates to correct at least 65 security vulnerabilities in Windows and the associated software.

Microsoft updates affect many basic Windows components, including Internet Explorer and Edge’s built-in browsers, as well as Office, Microsoft’s malware protection engine, Microsoft Visual Studio, and Microsoft Azure.

The Malware Protection Engine flaw was publicly disclosed earlier this month, and one for which Redmond issued an out-of-band update (off the patch on Tuesday) a week ago.

That flaw, discovered and reported by Google’s Project Zero program, is fairly easy to exploit and impacts on malware scanning capabilities for a variety of Microsoft anti-malware products, including Windows Defender, Microsoft Endpoint Protection and Microsoft Security Essentials.

Microsoft really wants users to install these updates as quickly as possible, but it may not be the worst idea to wait a few days before doing so: very often, problems with patches that can cause systems to end up in an endless reboot cycle they are reported and resolved with subsequent updates within a few days of their release. However, depending on the version of Windows you are using, it can be difficult to postpone the installation of these patches.

Microsoft says that by default, Windows 10 automatically receives updates, “and for customers running earlier versions, we recommend that you enable automatic updates as a best practice.” Microsoft does not make it easy for Windows 10 users to change this configuration, but it is possible. For all other users of the Windows operating system, if you prefer to receive an alert for new updates when they are available so you can choose when to install them, there is a configuration for that in Windows Update. In any case, do not suspend the installation of these updates for too long.

The Adobe Flash Player update fixes at least two critical errors in the program. Adobe said it has no knowledge of any active exploit in its natural environment against either of the two failures, but if you are not using Flash routinely for many sites, you probably want to disable or remove this wrong program.

Adobe will eliminate Flash completely by the year 2020, but most major browsers already take steps to put the Flash down. And with a good reason: it is a great responsibility of security. Google Chrome also groups Flash, but blocks its execution on all but some popular sites, and then only after user approval.

For Windows users with Mozilla Firefox installed, the browser asks users to enable Flash per site. Until the end of 2017 and until 2018, Microsoft Edge will continue to ask users for permission to run Flash on most sites the first time they visit the site, and will remember user preferences on subsequent visits.

The latest independent version of Flash that fixes these errors is 29.0.0.140 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS. But most users would probably be better off limping manually or eliminating Flash altogether, since so few sites really require it yet. Disabling Flash in Chrome is quite simple. Paste “chrome: // settings / content” into a Chrome browser bar and then select “Flash” in the list of items. By default, it must be set to “Ask first” before running Flash, although users can also disable Flash completely here or in the whitelist and in the blacklist of specific sites.

More information on today’s updates is available from Ivanti and Qualys security providers.

As always, if you have trouble installing any of these updates, feel free to write down your problems in the comments below. Most likely, another reader has experienced something similar and can help solve the problem.