MS16-029: Description of the security update for Office 2016 for Mac: March 16, 2016

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 MS16-029. 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 March 16, 2016, update provides fixes for issues in the Office 2016 for Mac Suite that affect Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

Notes

For a complete list of affected versions of Microsoft Office software, see KB 3141806.

Improvements and fixes

This update provides the following fixes and improvements:

  • Word

    • Word now fully supports Arabic and Hebrew. This includes right-to-left layout and editing.
  • PowerPoint

    • PowerPoint now fully supports Arabic and Hebrew. This includes right-to-left layout and editing.
  • Excel

    • Add-ins such as Solver just got better. Use the grid to select cells for any add-in.
    • Excel now fully supports Arabic and Hebrew. This includes right-to-left layout and editing.
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:

More information

Security update deployment information

For deployment information about this update, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 3141806.

Update replacement information

This security update replaces security update 3134241.

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: 3138327 - Last Review: 03/16/2016 20:50:00 - Revision: 3.0

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