Now it’s Office’s turn to have a load of patches pulled

Now it’s Office’s turn to have a load of patches pulled

After endless difficulties with the Windows 10 October 2018 update—lastly re-released this month with the data-loss bug fixed—it seems that now it’s the Department team’s turn to release some updates that need to be un-released.

On November’s Ground Tuesday two weeks ago, Microsoft released a bunch of updates for Office to update its Japanese appointment books. In December 2017, Emperor Akihito announced that he would yield and that his son Naruhito would take his role as emperor. Each emperor has a complying era name, and calendars must be updated to reflect that new name. The Commission patches offer updates to handle this event.

Two of these updates, KB2863821 and KB4461522, both for Mediation 2010, are apparently very broken, causing application crashes. The flock has suspended delivery of the patches, but the problem is so severe that Microsoft is recommending that anyone who has placed the updates already should uninstall them pronto (see instructions for KB2863821 here and for KB4461522 here).

Purchasers of Click-to-Run versions of Office (used by Office 365 subscriptions) shouldn’t eat to take any additional steps, as Click-to-Run Office should revert the pad automatically. Manual removal is only needed for the perpetually licensed Business versions.

Another patch, KB4461529, is also acknowledged as being iffy; specifically, it is causing 64-bit Outlook 2010 to crash on startup. The counselling for this patch is different—and rather unsatisfactory. Unlike the other two territories, KB4461529 is a security update, so removing it is not recommended due to the vulnerability it would reveal. Instead, Microsoft is suggesting that Outlook users use Outlook Web Access to access their despatch. Given that this particular crash seems to occur instantly on starting the application, one wonders how exactly it ever shipped; even the most rapid of testing would have demonstrated the problem.

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