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MS15-110: Description of the security update for Office 2016 for Mac: October 13, 2015

Summary
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 MS15-110. 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 October 13, 2015, update provides fixes for issues in the Office 2016 for Mac Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook).

Note To install this update, you must be running OS X Yosemite 10.10 or a later version, and you must have a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. Additionally, see more information about Office 365 Subscription options. If you already have Office 2011 for Mac installed, you can run Office 2011 and Office 2016 side-by-side.

For a complete list of affected versions of Microsoft Office software, see KB 3096440.

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

More information

Security update deployment information

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

Update replacement information

This security update replaces security update KB3088502.

How to obtain help and support for this security update

Security solutions for IT professionals: TechNet Security Troubleshooting and Support

Local support according to your country: International Support
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Article ID: 3097264 - Last Review: 10/13/2015 19:28:00 - Revision: 2.0

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