Diffuse Security Issues Due To Macros In Office And Outlook


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In simple terms, macros can be defined as predesigned inputs. Macros are shorter than the actual input they represent. They could save you from performing a series of inputs for specific actions. According to Microsoft help desk, every individual application in Microsoft Office allows users to create macros. However, macros could cause security issues at times.

How do macros cause security issues?

Macros cause issues to users PCs often when they send or receive files that have macros, for instance Excel file and workbook with Outlook. As a precaution, users could go directly to the macro settings when they have to send or receive files involving macros and safeguard against the security issues from within the program.

Taking precaution against macros in Office

In Office applications, macros are given specific tasks such as calculating values, organizing information and sending reports. To enjoy these automated services, users are supposed to enable macros in Office. Clearly, macros are highly beneficial for users as they do many of the repetitious tasks automatically. Because of their automated nature, macros could potentially do harm to users’ files at times. Therefore, if you are receiving files involving macros from an unknown source, it is advisable to disable macros before opening the file. This way, you can avert the potentials damages that macros could do to your system files. To access macro settings in Office, navigate to the Main Options screen and choose Trust Centre followed by Macro settings.

Macros in Outlook

Outlook serves as a carrier of most Office apps. You can send your Excel workbook or other files to your friends or colleagues via Outlook. Likewise, your friends or colleagues can send you the files as well. At times, you may be required to review an Excel workbook involving macros from your friends.

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If you attempt to the open the particular file within your Outlook application, you are probable to receive an error message. To avoid such errors, go to the macro settings and do necessary changes in it to make it secure for your application and PC. Below are the steps.

  • Go to File and choose Options from the dropdown list followed by Trust Centre.
  • In the Trust Centre window, select Trust Centre Settings and choose Macro Settings from the resulting menu. Make the necessary changes in the settings now.

Following the above steps, you must have learnt about the benefits of macros and the precautions to take to avoid harms caused by them. For any additional help, get in touch with our Microsoft help desk.

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Windows 8.1 Update 2 Disappoints Users All Over The World

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Windows 8.1 users all over the world were quite excited about the August update, codenamed Windows 8.1 Update 2. Nonetheless, the update disappointed everyone. It not only suffered some technical issues and caused Microsoft problems but also lacked the features and enhancements that users were expecting. First of all, let us see how the update disappointed people.

Windows 8.1 Update 2 disappoints users with less enhancements

The much awaited Windows 8.1 Update 2 disappointed most users because it didn’t contain much enhancements or improvements. As a major update, users were hoping that the update would add a number of brand new features, improvements and security enhancements. But, there weren’t much in the update. All it contained was a few bug fixes and some inadequate additions to the OS.

Windows 8.1 Update 2 is removed from Microsoft Update site due to unexpected errors

Within days after the release of the August update (Windows 8.1 Update 2), users from different parts of the world started complaining about it. One of the problems that the update reportedly caused or continued to cause was the blue screen of death error. The error occurred when some users downloaded and installed the update.

Thankfully, the tech giant responded to the issue abruptly. The problematic update was removed from the update site of Microsoft. Users who attempted to download the update from the official website of Microsoft were faced with the following message: “The resource you are looking for has been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.”

Microsoft pulls multiple updates

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It seems that Microsoft has removed a number of other updates as well along with the Windows 8.1 Update 2. Sources privy to Microsoft problems and analysis team said that the tech giant is devising various options and solutions to address the issue in the most efficient manner as early as possible. It is said that the tech giant has sent a warning to all users to uninstall the update if they are facing any issues. Microsoft assured that a new update would be released soon. Moreover, the tech giant said that it would try to integrate more features, enhancements and improvements in the next upcoming major update.

It seems that Microsoft has been receiving flaks from every side for the past few months for update issues. In June, a patch it released for Office 2013 was found to be flawed and affected millions of uses all around the world. Similarly, a recent Skype Update was also flawed and affected thousands of users.

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Repairing Outlook Email Program

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Microsoft Outlook program makes use of Personal Storage Table (PST) files to store all the email messages, settings, and calendar appointments of the users. Each time the user closes the Outlook program, the application compacts and optimizes the file for future use. In most of the cases, the Outlook program preserves the PST file and prevents the file from being corrupted. If your computer loses power when the Outlook program is open or the Windows operating system shuts down unexpectedly, the PST file may be corrupted.

PST file corruption is a very common issue in the Outlook program. A free utility from Microsoft can help repair the damage that has occurred to the Outlook PST file. This utility is called the Scanpst.exe and will help the users get rid of PST file corruption easily and efficiently. The Microsoft help tips that are shared below will help you to know more on the steps to make use of the Scanpst.exe utility in the Outlook program.


  • If the Outlook program is open, close it. Click on the Start button and then select Computer.
  • Open C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14 folder in Windows Explorer if you are running the Outlook 2010program. If you are using Outlook 2007, you will have to open the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12 folder.
  • Double-click on the Scanpst.exe file. Click on the Browse button that is located in the new window. Now you will have to open the corrupted PST file on your PC. By default, the Outlook program stores the file in C:\Users\NameOfUser\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook folder, where the NameOfUser value is the Windows username of the users who are associated with the account. Select to highlight the PST file name and then click on the Start button.

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  • Select the Repair button after the utility scans the file and finds out the errors. Depending on the size of the file and the number of email messages that are stored in the file, the scan may take a few minutes or a couple of hours to finish.
  • You can restart the Outlook program after the repair has finished to check if the issue is fixed.

These are the steps to fix the Outlook program with the Scanpst.exe utility. If you have any doubts in any of the steps that are explained above in this article, you can always seek help from the Microsoft help and support team.

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New Microsoft Office 365 Rollouts Offer Free Help

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According to latest developments, Microsoft 365 users who purchase at least 150 seats of the online apps suite will get deployment help from Microsoft at no additional charge. This move has been hailed as a marketing strategy to sweeten the deal for prospective buyers who wish to seek assistance.

Microsoft, on Wednesday, intends to provide assistance by provisioning and configuring the Office 365 components, which includes Office 365 components, which include Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Lync Online, Office 365 Pro Plus and Yammer, services that most employees and even business firms will need assistance with.

The blog post that announces the Office 365 FasTrack Onboarding Center service mentions, “We will ensure that the Office 365 service is provisioned and ready for use in your organization.”

According to the blog posts, buyers of the Office 365 Enterprise plans (E1, E3, E4), paid Education plans (A3, A4), Government plans (G1, G3, G4) and Exchange Online Plan 1 and Exchange Online Plan 2 can avail this support and Microsoft help service.

Although this is a good way to transcend to future software that employees would need some time getting used to, this move is in fact a subtle indication that software-as-a-service or cloud computing is not as seamless as customers are made to believe by the service provider vendors. The truth is that the current solution, which is still in nascent stage, still requires tweaks, upgrades, integrations and other changes at the end user and IT infrastructure levels.

The blog post continues to mention that, “Ensuring that customers realize the value of Office 365 in their organizations quickly while providing a smooth onboarding experience to their users is a top priority for the Office 365 team.”

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FastTrack Onboarding Center services, which is extended for worldwide support, now includes remote assistance from an Office 365 “onboarding expert”. They will provide assistance to customers and partners, as well as automated checks and configuration tools for “current state assessment, identity management, and domain configuration.”

Microsoft wants to entice its customers further by providing assistance for additional tasks, such as email and document migration, up Until March 31, 2015. It is called an Adoption offer and the Microsoft help team seeks to help customers get used to this new and completely unfamiliar system.

Customers who select at least 150 seats can select between the alternatives, picking whichever suits them the most. The adoption activities option is the best method to foster active adoption to the suite among employees of an organization.

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Windows 10 For Public Display On Sept 30

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The stakes are high now, now that Windows 8 has failed to make its mark in the operating system market. After a string of goof-ups that caused Windows 8 operating system to fail in gaining popularity, Microsoft will be trying to woo its customers by bringing back all new features and a better user-interface, especially since Windows 8 UI caused more frustration than excitement. To know more about Windows 10, contact our Windows tech support desk.

At present, no details about the next version of operating system from Microsoft are known to the general public. If Microsoft decides to continue the naming scheme, the up-coming version will be named Windows 10. Looks like Windows fans will not have to wait for long since Microsoft has officially announced the operating system for public access on 30 September 2014.

The release details have been made public by unnamed sources and Microsoft has refused to confirm about the same. Although Microsoft had not released a date, it had mentioned that the latest version of Windows will be released for a preview at the end of October.

The latest version, code-named Threshold, will bring back the “Windows legacy” Start menu, albeit with certain changes. The all-new Start menu will feature best of both Windows 8 metro-style Start screen and the old Start menu we have been so used to working with. Moreover, there are several key features that will debut in Windows 10, making it one of the most awaited operating systems ever.

Metro-Style Start Screen

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Virtual Desktops, which were provided by third party software, will find native support in Windows 10. To know about Virtual desktops and which the best solution is for you, contact our Windows tech support desk. Moreover, the dreaded Charms bar feature in Windows 8 that was both criticized and laid unused on most systems will be completely done away with. Some sources also reveal that the Cortana virtual assistant available in Windows 8 phones will be available in Windows 10 desktop computers, making it a first ever. Although these rumors have not been backed with facts and might remain mere conjecture until proven otherwise.

Microsoft has failed with Windows 8 operating system, and repeated updates and different versions have not been able to make it popular. After the repeated failure, they will be banking on the latest operating system to turn tides in favor of Windows.

If Microsoft is able to play the cards right, they will be able to persuade users of Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows Vista into the latest upgrade. However, nothing can be expected until the pricing schemes are out and the OS is released for the general public.

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