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Latest Microsoft Update Provides Some Needed Bug Fixes

By July 24, 2020May 11th, 2022Technology News

If you aren’t normally in the habit of installing updates when companies release them, you’ll probably want to make an exception for KB4484439.

It is a non-security update for Windows Installer editions of Office 2013 and 2016 products.

If you use Office 2016, and frequently edit Word documents that feature custom XML values, these will cause Office 2016 to hang or create serious delays when opening. The recent patch fixes that issue.

In a similar vein, if you use Skype for Business 2016 and the device you’re using is awakened from sleep mode, it could cause Skype to hang, forcing you to end task and restart the program. The most recent patch addresses that issue as well.

Finally, there’s a bug in Excel that causes it to become unresponsive after using Control+Shift+Arrow keys for scrolling when the user is sharing Excel in a window via Microsoft Teams. As with the others we’ve mentioned so far, the most recent patch fixes that.

As the name of this patch indicates, none of the items mentioned above are security flaws, but depending on what software you use and how you use it, this patch could solve some serious problems for you.

You can grab the patch from the Microsoft Download Center or via the Microsoft Update Catalog and install manually, or by using the Microsoft Update Service, which will install the update automatically.

Note that you’ll probably need to restart your computer after applying this patch. The best approach is to simply plan for it and reboot when the installation is complete. If that’s impractical, just keep an eye out for any odd behavior from your Office products (2013 or 2016), or Skype, post patch installation and definitely reboot if you start seeing any unusual behavior.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.