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Microsoft today released updates for each of its Office 2016 apps, introducing feature improvements, security enhancements, and bug fixes to Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. All apps have been updated with a security fix for vulnerabilities that could allow remote code execution should a user open a specially crafted Office file.

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All of the apps have also gained new Chinese and Japanese default fonts and improvements to the Visual Basic Editor that allows users to add modules and references and use debug shortcuts. Other fixes and improvements are listed below:

Outlook
- 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
- Ribbon extensibility. Use ribbon customization XML to customize the ribbon the way that you want it.
- 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
- Ribbon extensibility. Use ribbon customization XML to customize the ribbon the way that you want it.
- Improved support for pasting from external applications.
- Scroll bars now correctly respect OS X scroll bar settings

PowerPoint
- Ribbon extensibility. Use ribbon customization XML to customize the ribbon the way that you want it.

It is not clear if today's Office 2016 update fixes problems that Office users have been having with Office 2016 and OS X El Capitan, as Microsoft does not outline specific fixes for those issues in the software release notes. Problems with Office 2016 and OS X El Capitan include frequent crashing, inaccessible email, and an inability to open some apps.

Microsoft has also released an update for Office 2011 that preserves ribbon customization in documents and allows calendar events with online meeting details to be edited in Outlook for Mac and opened in Outlook for Windows. Microsoft previously released an Office 2011 update that fixed issues users were having with OS X El Capitan.

The updates can be downloaded through Microsoft's AutoUpdate tool which is available within each app. The updates are available for OS X Yosemite and later.

Update October 14 11:18 AM: Microsoft has posted a support document acknowledging that this update does not address the crashing issues under OS X El Capitan and suggesting the fixes will require an update to El Capitan itself.
On October 13, 2015, we released an update to Office 2016 for Mac containing great new features, security fixes, and stability improvements. This update doesn't address the issues experienced by Office customers with OS X 10.11 El Capitan. We are actively working with Apple to ensure resolution with the next update of OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

Article Link: Microsoft Updates Office 2016 Apps With Security Fixes, Feature Improvements [Updated]
 

Bbqthis

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Powerpoint still has crippled Triggers compared to the Windows version. C'mon Microsoft...Office was a Mac suite before it was a Windows suite!
 
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Grammar-Nazi

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Still no update for the printing issue with Office 2011 and El Capitan, I see. I guess they have no intention of fixing that problem.
 
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AtheistP3ace

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Mac for Office '16 was using a large amount of HD space then the issues after the upgrade to El Capitan (Spanish for "The Capitan") happened so I ripped Office off of my machine like the dirty dog it is.
Haha. This made me laugh because it reminded me of that Chris Farley skit he did on SNL.

"I am el nino which is spanish for the nino"
 
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michaelrmcneill

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This seems to have fixed my issues with Office 2016 and OS X El Capitan. Outlook now works, and doesn't constantly crash. Word, Excel, and Powerpoint both open up as they should and seem to be fine. Time will tell if that is really the case.

If you can't get Microsoft AutoUpdater to open through one of the Microsoft programs, you can access it by going to /Library/Application Support/Microsoft/MAU2.0/Microsoft AutoUpdate. Then download and install the updates and you should be good to go.
 
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Geurt

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Well... I updated and it still starts so it is certainly not any worse :rolleyes:. After that will be the proof of the pudding and will give it a testdrive tomorrow.
 
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morcutt11

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They need to do something with Office for the Mac. I have Excel, Word, Outlook, etc. crashing daily. And when one crashes, it seems to take the rest with it.
 
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B2k1977

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So....Do the office 2016 apps (all of them) still bounce in the dock 100 times before it finally opens? that is really getting annoying and now it looks like if you run el capitan you can run 2011 because it's gimped. Wonderful.
 
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jblagden

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Do you really think Office for Mac news is irrelevant to most Mac users on MacRumors?
Exactly!

Everyone in the business world requires Microsoft Office because it’s the de facto standard. Besides, Microsoft essentially saved Apple in 1997 by making Microsoft Office for Mac. As much as I hate Microsoft, Microsoft Office still is necessary, and it probably always will be.
 
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ArtOfWarfare

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Microsoft Office still is necessary, and it probably always will be.

Not really.

I work at IBM and we actively encourage using Lotus Symphony instead of Office. We also use Open Office and iWork. Google Drive is the only thing that we say you absolutely should not use (because Google scrapes the documents).

And IBM moves at glacier speeds. If IBM not only allows, but encourages, using alternatives to Microsoft Office, I think that most companies have probably stopped considering Microsoft Office to be a must-have.
 
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Frosties

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Not really.

I work at IBM and we actively encourage using Lotus Symphony instead of Office. We also use Open Office and iWork. Google Drive is the only thing that we say you absolutely should not use (because Google scrapes the documents).

And IBM moves at glacier speeds. If IBM not only allows, but encourages, using alternatives to Microsoft Office, I think that most companies have probably stopped considering Microsoft Office to be a must-have.
It's called IBM Lotus Symphony so yes it's not a far stretch for IBM to encourage their own software package. Great that you support open source though. Thumbs up!
 
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definitive

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The apps still load slow, but at least they fixed the issues which other users were experiencing.
 
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oneMadRssn

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Not really.

I work at IBM and we actively encourage using Lotus Symphony instead of Office. We also use Open Office and iWork. Google Drive is the only thing that we say you absolutely should not use (because Google scrapes the documents).

And IBM moves at glacier speeds. If IBM not only allows, but encourages, using alternatives to Microsoft Office, I think that most companies have probably stopped considering Microsoft Office to be a must-have.

I actually think it's the other way around. IBM moves so slow, they haven't gotten around to starting to use Microsoft Office yet. :)
 
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