Release notes for Office 2016 for Mac

Last updated: September 12, 2017

Office 2016 for Mac is updated on a regular basis to provide new features, security updates, and non-security updates.

Updates are available from Microsoft AutoUpdate (MAU). To use MAU, start an Office application, such as Word, and then choose Help > Check for Updates. If you're an admin and want to update the computers in your organization with your existing software deployment tools, you can download and deploy the update packages for each application.

Note: Microsoft AutoUpdate provides updates for Office 2016 for Mac, Office for Mac 2011, Skype for Business on Mac, and Lync for Mac 2011. Therefore, you might receive a notification to update Microsoft AutoUpdate even if you're not running Office 2016 for Mac.

For a list of all Office 2016 for Mac releases and additional download links, see Update history for Office 2016 for Mac.

If you're an Office Insider, see Release notes for Insider Fast builds of Office 2016 for Mac.

September 2017 release

  

Release Date: September 12, 2017

Version: 15.38.0 (Build 17090200)

This release provides the following updates.

Application

Feature updates

Security updates

Download link for update package

Word

Word update package

Excel

CVE-2017-8631: Microsoft Office Memory Corruption Vulnerability

CVE-2017-8632: Microsoft Office Memory Corruption Vulnerability

Excel update package

PowerPoint

PowerPoint update package

Outlook

Outlook update package

OneNote

OneNote update package

Office suite

CVE-2017-8676: Windows GDI+ Information Disclosure Vulnerability

Not applicable

Microsoft AutoUpdate 3.9.3

Alerts users to re-install MAU when missing or broken components are detected.

Microsoft AutoUpdate update package

August 2017 release

  

Release Date: August 15, 2017

Version: 15.37.0 (Build 17081500)

This release provides the following updates.

Application

Feature updates

Download link for update package

Word

  • Researcher: Find relevant quotes, citable sources, and images without leaving Word. More information

  • Safe links: When a user clicks on a link, Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) inspects the link to see if it’s malicious. If the link is deemed malicious, the user is redirected to a warning page instead of the original target URL. More information

Word update package

Excel

  • Safe links: When a user clicks on a link, Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) inspects the link to see if it’s malicious. If the link is deemed malicious, the user is redirected to a warning page instead of the original target URL. More information

Excel update package

PowerPoint

  • Safe links: When a user clicks on a link, Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) inspects the link to see if it’s malicious. If the link is deemed malicious, the user is redirected to a warning page instead of the original target URL. More information

PowerPoint update package

Outlook

Outlook update package

OneNote

OneNote update package

Microsoft AutoUpdate 3.9.2

Microsoft AutoUpdate update package

July 2017 release

Release Date: July 21, 2017

Version: 15.36.1 (Build 17072101)

This release fixes an issue with Outlook keeping group messages up to date. Download Outlook update package

  

Release Date: July 11, 2017

Version: 15.36.0 (Build 17070201)

This release provides the following feature and security updates.

Application

Feature updates

Security updates

Download link for update package

Word

Word update package

Excel

  • Pictures in headers and footers: Customize your printed workbooks by adding images to headers and footers.

Excel update package

PowerPoint

PowerPoint update package

Outlook

  • Send email on your schedule: Delay the delivery of a message or choose when it will be sent. More information

  • All your favorite folders in one place: Create shortcuts to all the folders you use regularly. All shortcuts are listed in Favorites at the top of your Sidebar. More information

OneNote

OneNote update package

Office suite

CVE-2017-8501: Microsoft Office Memory Corruption Vulnerability

Not applicable

Microsoft AutoUpdate 3.9.1

Microsoft AutoUpdate update package

June 2017 release

Release Date: June 16, 2017

Version: 15.35.0 (Build 17061600)

This release fixes an issue where OneNote crashes when creating a new page with templates. Download OneNote update package

  

Release Date: June 13, 2017

Version: 15.35.0 (Build 17061000)

This release provides the following feature and security updates.

Application

Feature updates

Security updates

Download link for update package

Word

CVE-2017-8509: Microsoft Office Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Word update package

Excel

Excel update package

PowerPoint

PowerPoint update package

Outlook

  • Spend less time writing emails: Create an email template and reuse it later to save time. More information

  • Request Read Receipts and Delivery Notifications:Get notified when your important email messages have been delivered to and opened by recipients. More information

  • Easier account setup: Now, when you add an Exchange or Gmail account, settings are updated for you. Just provide your username and password, and you are good to go. More information

Outlook update package

OneNote

Microsoft AutoUpdate 3.9.1

Microsoft AutoUpdate update package

May 2017 release

Release Date: May 16, 2017

Version: 15.34.0 (Build 17051500)

This release provides the following feature and security updates.

Application

Feature updates

Security updates

Download link for update package

Word

  • Modern backgrounds for Focus Mode: Choose from Twilight or Polar Night backgrounds, when you're in Focus Mode on the View tab.

  • Dubai font: Font family that supports both Western European languages as well as the major languages that use the Arabic script. More information

Word update package

Excel

  • Dubai font: Font family that supports both Western European languages as well as the major languages that use the Arabic script. More information

Excel update package

PowerPoint

  • Dubai font: Font family that supports both Western European languages as well as the major languages that use the Arabic script. More information

PowerPoint update package

Outlook

  • Groups: View your top 10 groups, and read or reply to group conversations directly from the Groups folder.

  • Dubai font: Font family that supports both Western European languages as well as the major languages that use the Arabic script. More information

Outlook update package

OneNote

OneNote update package

Office suite

CVE-2017-0254: Microsoft Office Memory Corruption Vulnerability

Not applicable

  

Release Date: May 9, 2017

This release provides the following non-security updates.

Application

Non-security updates

Download link for update package

Microsoft AutoUpdate 3.9.1

  • Fix a critical issue that prevents automatic update notifications when "Automatically Check" is selected.

  • Fix an issue where AutoUpdate crashes on OS X 10.10.

  • Fix an issue where apps won't launch if an update is pending.

Important: If you updated to Microsoft AutoUpdate 3.9.0, and you have your AutoUpdate settings set to "Automatically Check," then you will need to manually update to Microsoft AutoUpdate 3.9.1 by using either of the following methods:

  • Go to Help > Check for Updates, and then choose Check for Updates.

  • Go to Help > Check for Updates, and then select Automatically Download and Install.

Microsoft AutoUpdate update package

April 2017 release

Release Date: April 11, 2017

Version: 15.33.0 (Build 17040900)

This release provides the following feature updates.

Application

Feature updates

Download link for update package

Word

Word update package

Excel

Excel update package

PowerPoint

PowerPoint update package

Outlook

Outlook update package

OneNote

OneNote update package

Microsoft AutoUpdate

  • Support for Suite Delta Updates, which will reduce the monthly update size by 50%.

  • Support for MAU self-updates, where MAU can update itself without requiring admin credentials.

Microsoft AutoUpdate update package

March 2017 release

Release Date: March 14, 2017

Version: 15.32.0 (Build 17030901)

This release provides the following feature and security updates.

Application

Feature updates

Security updates

Download link for update package

Word

Word update package

Excel

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-014: Security Update for Microsoft Office (3217868)

Excel update package

PowerPoint

PowerPoint update package

Outlook

  • Touch Bar support: The most relevant commands to what you're working on are at your fingertips. (Only compatible with MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.)

  • Translator add-in: Translate email without leaving Outlook. Just turn on the Translator add-in to translate with a single tap. Choose from 60 languages. Learn more about the Translator for Outlook add-in.

    Install the add-in from the Office Store

  • Access more features right from your Inbox: Add-ins for Outlook let you create tasks with Wunderlist, track email responses with Boomerang, and more.

    Get an Office Add-in for Outlook 

Outlook update package

OneNote

OneNote update package

Office suite

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-014: Security Update for Microsoft Office (3217868)

Not applicable

February 2017 release

Release Date: February 16, 2017

Version: 15.31.0 (Build 17021600)

This release provides the following feature, non-security, and security updates.

Application

Feature updates

Non-security updates

Security updates

Download link for update package

Word

Touch Bar support: The most relevant commands to what you're working on are at your fingertips. (Only compatible with MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.)

Word update package

Excel

Touch Bar support: The most relevant commands to what you're working on are at your fingertips. (Only compatible with MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.)

Excel update package

PowerPoint

Touch Bar support: The most relevant commands to what you're working on are at your fingertips. (Only compatible with MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.)

PowerPoint update package

Outlook

Outlook update package

OneNote

OneNote update package

Office suite

Not applicable

Microsoft AutoUpdate

Version number updated to 3.8.4.

Microsoft AutoUpdate update package

January 2017 release

Release Date: January 11, 2017

Version: 15.30.0 (Build 17010700)

This release provides the following feature, non-security, and security updates.

Application

Feature updates

Non-security updates

Security updates

Download link for update package

Word

Additional focus mode choices, including Oak, Mahogany, and Graphite. For Office 365 subscribers only. More information about focus mode

Fix various performance issues, such as typing or scrolling lags and slow performance when editing a large document.

Word update package

Excel

Excel update package

PowerPoint

PowerPoint update package

Outlook

Outlook update package

OneNote

OneNote update package

Office suite

Not applicable

Microsoft AutoUpdate

Additional logging and troubleshooting capabilities.

Version number updated to 3.8.3.

Microsoft AutoUpdate update package

December 2016 release

Release Date: December 15, 2016

Version: 15.29.1 (Build 16121500)

This release fixes an issue with opening or saving files in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint when the first part of the file path contains spaces or certain characters.

Here are the download links for the update packages: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  

Release Date: December 13, 2016

Version: 15.29.0 (Build 16120900)

This release provides the following feature, non-security, and security updates.

Application

Feature updates

Non-security updates

Security updates

Download link for update package

Word

Excel

  • Improved support for creating accessible documents and using VoiceOver and other assistive technology to read and edit documents. Accessibility for Excel

  • Fix an issue where, when using Data Validation, if you enter text into the error message box, Excel crashes.

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-148: Security Update for Microsoft Office (3204068)

PowerPoint

  • Improved support for creating accessible documents and using VoiceOver and other assistive technology to read and edit documents. Accessibility for PowerPoint

Outlook

Outlook update package

OneNote

OneNote update package

Office suite

  • Support for three additional languages: Greek, Hungarian, and Slovak

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-148: Security Update for Microsoft Office (3204068)

Not applicable

Microsoft AutoUpdate

  • Version number updated to 3.8.2.

  • Improved reliability and minor bug fixes.

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-148: Security Update for Microsoft Office (3204068)

Microsoft AutoUpdate update package

November 2016 release

Release Date: November 17, 2016

Version: 15.28.0 (Build 16111700)

This release fixes an issue with Outlook and public folders on Exchange Server 2010. Download Outlook update package

  

Release Date: November 15, 2016

Version: 15.28.0 (Build 16111501)

This release fixes an issue with the update packages for the individual applications.

Here are the download links for the update packages: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote.

  

Release Date: November 15, 2016

Version: 15.28.0 (Build 16111300)

This release provides the following feature, non-security, and security updates.

Application

Feature updates

Non-security updates

Security updates

Download link for update package

Word

New grammar support for Czech, Hungarian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Russian and Turkish.

  • Fix an issue where Word fails to save documents when Excel spreadsheets with certain border content is embedded into the document.

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-133: Security Update for Microsoft Office (3199168)

Excel

  • Fix a long-running issue where Excel fails to save changes on certain enterprise storage configurations such as NetApp FAS units. Excel now adopts the same file saving pattern as Word.

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-133: Security Update for Microsoft Office (3199168)

PowerPoint

View interactive summaries and automatic navigation links that were created using the Zoom command in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.

  • Fix an issue where images don't render and are replaced with an error referring to rID#.

Outlook

Find and fix accessibility issues that occur when composing messages or invitations by using the Accessibility Checker.

Use the Accessibility Checker on your Mac to find and resolve accessibility issues

OneNote

Office suite

  • Significant improvements for users with accessibility needs.

  • Microsoft Error Reporting can be configured to save the last crash log to disk (defaults write com.microsofterrorreporting IsStoreLastCrashEnabled -bool TRUE).

  • Better activation message for E1/K1 users. No longer suggests to users that an error occurred and welcomes them to the view-only experience.

  • Installer and updater file name format change. For example, Microsoft_Office_2016_15.28.16111300_Installer.pkg instead of Microsoft_Office_2016_15.28.0_161113_Installer.pkg.

Microsoft AutoUpdate

Includes a new option to automatically detect, download, and install updates.

  • Version number updated to 3.8.1.

  • Fix an issue where MAU can crash when older versions of Microsoft Silverlight are installed, specifically when Silverlight is registered with a null LCID.

  • Fix an issue where MAU can crash when using the ManifestServer preference.

  • Microsoft AU Daemon bundle display name changed to "Microsoft Update Assistant."

  • MAU XML feed for 2016 apps no longer include a Triggers dictionary and relies on "Update Version" for version detection.

  • MAU now shows the complete version string in the app update window. For example, 15.28.16110300 instead of just 15.28.

Microsoft AutoUpdate update package

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