Woody Leonhard's no-bull news, tips and help for Windows, Office and more… Please disable your ad blocker – our (polite!) ads help keep AskWoody going!
Home icon Home icon Home icon Email icon RSS icon
  • Outlook Forms run VBScript even when macros are disabled

    Posted on May 2nd, 2017 at 18:53 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Full story at InfoWorld Woody on Windows.

    Any Outlook Forms experts out there? Can you pass a Form on to an unsuspecting Outlook user and trap them, without the victim having to do something weird, like add the Form to a library?

  • Windows 10 Creators Update regresses the Dynamics CRM 2011 bug in IE

    Posted on May 2nd, 2017 at 14:57 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    @Jamie notes:

    We just began testing Windows 10 Creators Update (1703) and on this version of windows, Microsoft ships the 11.0.40 Update of IE that is affected by this issue, instead of the 11.0.41 version that was fixed.  The 1607 and earlier versions of windows were all patched in April but it looks like 1703 remains unpatched.  I have looked for anyone else having this issue so far but seeing that we are only 3 weeks into the rollout, i’m guessing it hasn’t popped up most places yet.

    Anyone else on the creators update yet seeing any issues in CRM 2011?  Not all the previous issues are popping up for us and some of the issues are new.

    If you’re planning on letting the Creators update roll to your users you may want to do some testing first!  Let me know if anyone else has made any progress on this one.



    See my InfoWorld article for a description of the bug and the way it was fixed by KB 4016635.

  • Office non-security patches are here

    Posted on May 2nd, 2017 at 12:49 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    No, you don’t want to install them yet.

    Office 2010

    Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB3128031)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2010 (KB3191906)

    Office 2013

    Update for Microsoft Excel 2013 (KB3191877)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2013 (KB3191889)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 (KB3191871)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2013 (KB3191878)
    Update for Microsoft Visio 2013 (KB3178711)
    Update for Skype for Business 2015 (KB3191873)
    Update for Skype for Business 2015 (KB3191876)

    Office 2016

    Update for Microsoft Access 2016 (KB3178700)
    Update for Microsoft Excel 2016 (KB3191861)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3115501)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3178658)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3178692)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3178706)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3191857)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3191862)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3191867)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 Language Interface Pack (KB3191866)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB3191883)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (KB3191860)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB3191870)
    Update for Microsoft Visio 2016 (KB3191856)

    Thanks to @PKCano!

  • The latest on Windows 10 S and the Surface Laptop

    Posted on May 2nd, 2017 at 12:19 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you didn’t see the presentation this morning, you missed a world-class sales pitch from Panos Panay.

    There’s a Win10 S FAQ here. Short description: Only runs apps from the Windows Store (Office is headed to the Windows Store soon – but no details as yet). Edge is the default browser — you can use a different browser, if you can find one in the Windows Store, but can’t change the default. Bing is the default search provider in Edge (and IE!) — while you can use other search providers, you can’t choose them as defaults. You can upgrade to Win10 Pro through the Windows Store, for $49, according to Ed Bott’s overview of Win10 S. For the rest of this year, the Win10 Pro upgrade is free for Win10 S owners.

    The new Surface Laptop starts at $999 for a Kaby Lake i5, 4GB of memory, and 128GB of storage. It goes up to $2,199 for an i7, 16 GB, 512 GB. 13.5-inch 2256 x 1504 touch screen (Microsoft’s fav 3:2 ratio). Fabric covered backlit keyboard that’s drawing raves — but durability is an open question. Hello capable camera. One USB 3 port, but no USB-C. Claimed 14.5 hour battery life.

    Includes one year of Office 365 Personal. “Lapability” has been called into question by Mary Jo Foley, who uses laptops the way I use laptops. Works with the Surface Pen and hockey puck, neither of which are included in the purchase price.

    Definitely not an entry level machine. The i5 version is available on June 15 in 20 countries (per Mehedi Hassan at MSPowerUser), the i7 will come out “this summer.” Order here on the Microsoft Store site.

    You may be impressed by the USB-drive based system reconfiguration, Intune, the 3D stuff, mixed reality, Arc mouse, and whatnot. The education angle is over-worked, just like “Creators” in Creators Update, but what the heck.

    The presentation is up on this site. It’s well worth watching – but hold onto your pocketbook until we have a chance to put it through its paces.

    Official Fact Sheet

    UPDATE: Benedict Evans has a great, short summary.

    ANOTHER UPDATE: Peter Bright at Ars Technica posted a very ho-hum review.

    I’m thinking about publishing an opinion piece about it, but there are more than 30 major blogs that cover the topic. No sense adding to the noise. My overall impressions:

    • Win10 S has very few advantages over ChromeOS, and considerable disadvantages because of, you know, the Store
    • Surface Laptop is a nice but expensive traditional laptop
    • The two were put together in a marriage of convenience.

    I’m guessing that most Win10 S customers, at least in the near term, will go to Win10 Pro. I don’t think Win10 S will survive in its current state. MS is going to get a lot of “you fooled me” Scroogled reaction over the lack of an alternative browser and inability to change search engines.

    But I do like the educational stuff. Programmability in Minecraft Education looks killer.

  • Was there a bug in last week’s KB 3150513 “upgrade enabling” patch?

    Posted on May 2nd, 2017 at 07:55 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Sure looks like it to me.

    Günter Born reports that KB 3150513 was re-issued on May 1, for Win10 1607 Anniversary Update only.

    You may recall that it was last re-(re-re-…) issued on April 23. I talked about it in InfoWorld.

    Looking at the file lists on the KB page, sure enough, the Win10 1607 list shows Appraiser.sdb and Appraiser_data.ini with file dates of April 27.

    Like Günter, I haven’t seen KB 3150513 on my Win10 1607 production machine. The KB article was updated yesterday. I manually downloaded the patch from the Update Catalog, tried to install it, and was informed that it was already installed. What the ?

  • Julie Larson-Green steps down as Chief Experience Officer

    Posted on May 2nd, 2017 at 06:37 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Todd Bishop at GeekWire reports that Julie Larson-Green is staying with Microsoft, but leaving her current job as Chief Experience Officer.

    InfoWorld Woody on Windows