Microsoft Delays February Patch Release

Microsoft announced today that they are postponing their February 2017 security update for Windows and other products, which was slated to release today.

The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted the following to their blog this afternoon:

Our top priority is to provide the best possible experience for customers in maintaining and protecting their systems. This month, we discovered a last minute issue that could impact some customers and was not resolved in time for our planned updates today.

After considering all options, we made the decision to delay this month’s updates. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this change to the existing plan.

So far, there’s no word on when the updates will release. We will continue to keep you post here on the blog, and on Twitter and Facebook!

Leaked Preview Hints at Option to Pause Windows Updates

If you’re using the Home edition of Windows 10, you know that you cannot defer the automatic system updates. However, according to leaked preview builds of Windows 10, Microsoft will soon release a new option to pause updates for up to 35 days.

The Professional, Enterprise, and Education editions of Windows 10 already allow users to defer updates, delaying upgrades for 30 to 180 days, depending on whether it’s a feature update, or a quality update.

Microsoft faced criticism over their handling of Windows 10 in 2016, with some accusing the company of “tricking” Windows 7 & 8 users to upgrade.  Microsoft CMO Chris Capossela owned up to this during the Windows Weekly Podcast, admitting to aggressively pushing users to upgrade to Windows 10.

What do you think of Windows 10 updates? So far, so good? Or are there other unresolved issues you think Microsoft should address?

New Microsoft Office Updates for iOS

THIS JUST IN: Good news for iPhone and iPad users, Microsoft is working to deliver new updates for Office on iOS.

As part of their September updates, Office for iOS will get support for Edmodo and Tencent, which means iPhones and iPads will now be allowed to store and access documents through Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Microsoft Word is getting Smart Lookup which will allow users the ability to look up a word instantly. By simply pressing and holding on a word or phrase, users can search image information, word definitions, and more without leaving the document.

PowerPoint is also getting an update in the iOS platform. IPhone users can now use their smartphones as laser pointers by simply pressing and holding in the notes section while in presenter mode.

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The Mac platform of the office suite will be updated as well. PowerPoint Designer will be getting a bit of a face-lift and will have improved color guides as well as new audio and video trim options.  Additionally, Office 365 subscribers will get access to a new “focus mode,” which is designed to “remove distractions and improve concentration at work.” There isn’t a concrete release date for this update, but it should go live early September.

For additional information on Microsoft updates for iOS, visit their website.

Office 365 Updates for June 2016

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In Microsoft’s Office 365 Updates for June 2016 video, Jim Naroski runs through the latest changes to Office 365. June 2016 updates include the availability of PPM Dashboard Apps, new capabilities in the OneDrive App on Windows 10, Power BI enhancements, Yammer external groups, Outlook 2016 for Mac formatting support, additional security capabilities, eDiscovery updates, and a new Office 365 datacenter in Canada.

Office 365 Updates for April 2016

Jim Naroski’s latest video highlights what’s new in Office 365 for April 2016. Updates include Excel updates including the Get & Transform feature, free Office 365 training videos, SharePoint 2016, Project Server 2016, Skype for Business updates, Security Updates preview, new Office 365 Admin Center with Admin Center Reports, and FastTrack customer services to help organizations transition to the cloud.

For more information, visit Microsoft’s Office Blog.

Office 365 Updates for February 2016

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For its February 2016 Office 365 Updates, Microsoft released a number of exciting new capabilities in Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and the first cumulative feature update since the initial September release of the Office 2016 apps (otherwise known as the “Deferred Channel” build) for commercial customers. Watch the video above to learn more or visit Microsoft’s Office blog.

Turning Off Automatic Updates

There are a few different ways to go about changing your Office 365 settings to prevent it from automatically updating. With Corinne Hoisington we’ve detailed the methods below. First, you’ll need to know which version of Office you are using, click here for directions.

Office 365 Pro Plus
To prevent Office 365 ProPlus from automatically updating to Office 2016 directly from the Internet, follow the resolution methods. Important: You only need to apply one of these methods on installations of Office 365 ProPlus that are configured to automatically receive monthly updates from the Internet. If you’ve configured Office 365 ProPlus to get updates from a location on your internal network, or you’ve turned off automatic updates, you don’t need to follow these steps, because you control when the update to Office 2016 occurs.

Microsoft has enhanced the upgrade and installation experience, and for Office 365 subscribers, Microsoft has made changes to how the Office 2016 apps are updated moving forward. Microsoft is also delivering new tools and resources to help you prepare, deploy and manage Office.

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Please Note: Altering the Windows registry and editing Group Policy are advanced Windows tasks and should only be done by advanced Windows Users.
There are two different ways to prevent Office 365 ProPlus from updating to the Office 2016 version. Please use the method that works best for your school.  Note: these methods also work for Office 365 Business, which is the version of Office that comes with the Office 365 Business and Office 365 Business Premium plans.
Method 1: Using Group Policy Templates
For this method, you’re going to want to use the “Enable Automatic Upgrade Group Policy” setting, which is included in the Office 2013 Group Policy Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML). You can download those from here.

This policy setting is located under Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → Microsoft Office 2013 (Machine) → Updates. Once here, choose Disabled.

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This download includes Group Policy Administrative Template (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool (OPAX/OPAL) files for Microsoft Office 2013.

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Note: Group Policy can only be used on computers that are joined to a domain.

Method 2: Set a registry key
Another choice is to set the following registry key on each computer.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\office\15.0\common\officeupdate]
“enableautomaticupgrade”=dword:00000000

To modify a registry, please follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. Locate and then click the subkey that holds the registry item or items that you want to change.
  3. Click File, and then click Export.
    This step backs up the subkey before you make any changes. You can import this file back into the registry later if your changes cause a problem.
  4. In the File name box, type a file name to use to save the .reg file with the original registry items, and then click Save.
    Note Use a file name that reminds you of the contents, such as a reference to the name of the subkey.
  5. In the right pane, add or modify the registry items you want.
  6. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to export the subkey again, but use a different file name for the .reg file. You can use this .reg file to make your registry changes on another computer.
More information
You can continue to receive updates for the Office 2013 version of Office 365 ProPlus until September 2016. After September 2016, there will be no additional updates for the Office 2013 version. For more information, see Prepare to Update Office 365 to the Office 2016 version

Office 365 Updates:

It is also possible to block Office 365 updates by changing your Windows update settings. The following is a list of detailed instructions on how to do just that!

Note: If your Microsoft Office product was installed with Microsoft Office Click-to-Run, use Click-to-Run Product Updates instead of Microsoft Update. In Office 2010, click File > Help > Update Options, and then click the option you want. In Office 2013, click File > Account > Update Options, and then click the option you want.

If you’re using Windows 10 (applies to Office 2010 and 2013)

  1. Click Start, and then click Settings.
  2. Click Update & Security, and then select Windows Update, if necessary.
  3. Click Advanced options, and then click to uncheck the Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows

If you’re using Windows 8 (applies to Office 2010 and 2013)

  1. On the Charms bar, search Apps for Control Panel.
  2. Click System and Security, and then click Windows Update.
  3. Click Change Settings.
  4. Choose the setting you want, and then click OK.

If you’re using Windows 7 (applies to Office 2010 and 2013)

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel
  2. Click System and Security, and then click Windows Update.
  3. Click Change Settings.
  4. Choose your settings, and then click OK.

If you’re using Windows Vista (only applies to Office 2010)

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel
  2. Under Security, click Check for updates, and then click Change Settings.
  3. Choose your settings, and then click OK.

If you’re using Windows XP (only applies to Office 2010)

  1. Go to the Microsoft Update website.
  2. Click Change Settings.
  3. Under To stop using Microsoft Update, select the Disable Microsoft Update software and let me use Windows Update only check box.
  4. Click Apply changes now, and then click Yes.

*For more information, please use the following link: https://support.office.com/en-in/article/Change-recommended-update-and-diagnostic-settings-3a0412a1-30b6-4885-b1d2-c259d4cf9872?CorrelationId=3ab6ae5c-cca3-444c-b36a-fa5cf83dfde7&ui=en-US&rs=en-IN&ad=IN

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