MS16-004: Description of the security update for Office 2016 for Mac: January 12, 2016


This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Office file. To learn more about these vulnerabilities, see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-004. 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. The January 12, 2016, update provides fixes for issues in the Office 2016 for Mac Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook).

Notes For a complete list of affected versions of Microsoft Office software, see KB3124585.

Improvements and fixes

This update provides the following fixes and improvements:
  • Outlook
    • Enter the Full Screen view. Maximize Outlook on your screen to view multiple messages or invitations side by side.
    • Find a meeting room. You can now more easily find available conference rooms at your desired meeting time.
    • Bug fixes.
  • Word
    • You can now save .pdf files to flash drives.
  • Excel
    • Selection pane. Keep track of all the objects in your worksheet, and rearrange their placement and order.
    • Bug fixes.
  • PowerPoint
    • Selection pane. Keep track of all the objects on your slide, and rearrange their placement and order.
    • Bug fixes.
  • OneNote
    • Add shapes to your notebook pages, and support the shapes gallery now.
    • Bug fixes.

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

More Information

Security update deployment information

For deployment information about this update, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article KB3124585.

Update replacement information

This security update replaces security update KB3119518.