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Microsoft updates Office 2016 security for Mac

Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac includes versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook that are designed for the Mac and yet are unmistakably Office. This update provides fixes for issues in the Office 2016 for Mac Suite.

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Earlier this fall, Microsoft released a security update focused on improved security in Microsoft Office that, is in the most sever cases, could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specifically crafted Office file. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those who operate with administrative user rights.

For a complete list of affected versions of Microsoft Office software, click here.

Improvements and fixes

This update provides the following fixes and improvements:

  • Outlook
    • New Chinese and Japanese default fonts. Existing Japanese and Simplified Chinese fonts in Outlook for Mac have been updated to have a unified modern appearance and behavior.
    • Software updates that include the following:
      • Improved VoiceOver support for weather in the Calendar feature
      • Email address is now included in the default message attribution when you reply and forward
      • Message list is now displayed correctly when you switch folders by having the Reading Pane turned off
      • Improved Reminders functionality to reduce CPU consumption
      • Improved use of advanced search operators for non-English languages
  • Word
    • Visual Basic Editor improvements (you can now add modules and references and use debug shortcuts in the Visual Basic Editor)
    • New Chinese and Japanese default fonts. Existing Japanese and Simplified Chinese fonts in Word for Mac have been updated to have a unified modern appearance and behavior
    • Software updates that include the following:
      • Custom paper sizes in Page Setup are now supported
      • Find/Replace is corrected to move to the next matched word when Track Changes is turned on
      • Fixed crashes that occur when you use Mail Merge together with Outlook
      • Headers/Footers: Page numbering: Number of Pages option is corrected to display numbers greater than two digits
  • Excel
    • New Chinese and Japanese default Fonts. Existing Japanese and Simplified Chinese fonts in Excel for Mac have been updated to have a unified modern appearance and behavior
    • Visual Basic Editor improvements (you can now add modules and references and use debug shortcuts in the Visual Basic Editor)
    • Software updates that include the following:
      • Improved support for pasting from external applications
      • Scroll bars now correctly respect OS X scroll bar settings
  • PowerPoint
    • New Chinese and Japanese default fonts. Existing Japanese and Simplified Chinese fonts in PowerPoint for Mac have been updated to have a unified modern appearance and behavior.
    • Visual Basic Editor improvements (you can now add modules and references and use debug shortcuts in the Visual Basic Editor)
    • Software updates

How to obtain and install the update

Method 1: Microsoft AutoUpdate for Mac

This update is available from Microsoft AutoUpdate. AutoUpdate is provided together with Office. It automatically keeps Microsoft software up-to-date. To use AutoUpdate, start a Microsoft Office program, and then click Check for Updates on the Help menu.

Method 2: Microsoft Download Center

This update is available for download and installation from the Microsoft Download Center:

For more information about this security update deployment, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article KB3096440.

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