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Thanks Alan. And that new MAU is still trying to upgrade my licensed 2016 suite to a not-purchased Office 2019. (16.16.20041301 -> 16.36.20041300)
What macOS version are you running? Do you have an Office 365 licence or is 2016 a standalone, perpetual licence? What options are ticked in Microsoft AutoUpdate > Advanced button?

If you're running macOS 10.13 or later and you have an Office 365 subscription, it is likely you will be automatically updated with the newest features – i.e. Office 2016 will get upgraded to Office 2019.
Microsoft said:
 


What macOS version are you running? Do you have an Office 365 licence or is 2016 a standalone, perpetual licence? What options are ticked in Microsoft AutoUpdate > Advanced button?
I'm running Mojave (10.14.6) with the standalone version of 2016 Office for Mac ("Retail License 2016", Product ID: 02982-001-214665). Previous updates have been doing a good job keeping me on the 2016 track. No Office 365 subscription.

And I normally do not have the box ticked for "Automatically keep Microsoft Apps up to date". It was my fault, as I checked for changes, and clicked "Update", not having paid close attention that it was going to bump me to Office 2019.
 


I'm running Mojave (10.14.6) with the standalone version of 2016 Office for Mac ("Retail License 2016", Product ID: 02982-001-214665). Previous updates have been doing a good job keeping me on the 2016 track. No Office 365 subscription.

And I normally do not have the box ticked for "Automatically keep Microsoft Apps up to date". It was my fault, as I checked for changes, and clicked "Update", not having paid close attention that it was going to bump me to Office 2019.
That's not good then - sorry to hear of your problem. As a data point, I have the same setup (Mojave 10.14.6 with the standalone version of 2016 Office for Mac "Retail License 2016") and the box for "Automatically keep Microsoft Apps up to date" is unticked. I've never been offered the 2019 "upgrade". The only thing I can think of is, do you have any other Office applications installed / archived on your primary / attached / network drives e.g. a test drive? Maybe there's something somewhere that the AutoUpdate application is picking up on/seeing, and thus offering the upgrade.
 


I have Mojave 10.14.6 running. I just updated Office yesterday (I get a free Office 365 subscription through my university employer). I am still having the problem with Autoupdate launching on its own and staying launched. It is the latest version 4.22 (20042003). So the problem hasn't been resolved.

To recap from what has already been posted by others, it launches itself and appears in the dock, even if the 'Automatically keep up to date' box is unchecked. If you right click on it in the dock, you can't Quit, only Force Quit. When you launch Check for Updates from within an Office application, it results in an error saying Autoupdate can't be launched. Most annoying.
 


I have Mojave 10.14.6 running. I just updated Office yesterday (I get a free Office 365 subscription through my university employer). I am still having the problem with Autoupdate launching on its own and staying launched. It is the latest version 4.22 (20042003). So the problem hasn't been resolved.
To recap from what has already been posted by others, it launches itself and appears in the dock, even if the 'Automatically keep up to date' box is unchecked. If you right click on it in the dock, you can't Quit, only Force Quit. When you launch Check for Updates from within an Office application, it results in an error saying Autoupdate can't be launched. Most annoying.
I am running Mojave 10.14.6 and have Office 2019 (not Office 365), which I updated a few days ago to 16.36 (20041300).

I see what you do: it's sitting in the dock, with an "Application Not Responding" grayed out, and only an option to Force Quit. When I try to run the "Check for Updates" in Word, nothing happens.

I have also noticed something else: that some apps which I have not installed in the Dock, including Zoom and Moneydance, are remaining in the dock after I quit them. Is that a new "feature" in Mojave, or another bug?
 


... I have also noticed something else: that some apps which I have not installed in the Dock, including Zoom and Moneydance, are remaining in the dock after I quit them. Is that a new "feature" in Mojave, or another bug?
If you don't want them to remain in the dock after quitting, go to System Preferences > Dock and uncheck the box that says "Show recent applications in dock."
 


I have also noticed something else: that some apps which I have not installed in the Dock, including Zoom and Moneydance, are remaining in the dock after I quit them. Is that a new "feature" in Mojave, or another bug?
The last three non-pinned apps launched will appear on the right side of the Dock, between the pinned apps and the section with favorite folders and the Trash. This Mojave feature is [echoed in] iPadOS.
 


I have also noticed something else: that some apps which I have not installed in the Dock, including Zoom and Moneydance, are remaining in the dock after I quit them. Is that a new "feature" in Mojave, or another bug?
I see this on rare occasions. In each case, it’s an app that didn’t fully quit, even though no windows are visible and it shows as non-responsive, so I have to try and force-quit it. Even that is known to fail, requiring a restart to resolve. Not exclusive to Mojave, though
 


I was having the same issue with MAU, but removing the old Silverlight Plugin resolved it for me. Microsoft's instructions are pretty sparse, but in the end, removing Silverlight fixed it.
I removed the Silverlight plug-in, but the problem persists for me on Mojave 10.14.6
 


Ric Ford

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Notes on Office 365 security in the context of work-from-home expansion for the pandemic, coupled with intense nation-state cyberattacks:
CISA said:
Microsoft Office 365 Security Recommendations - Alert (AA20-120A)
As organizations adapt or change their enterprise collaboration capabilities to meet “telework” requirements, many organizations are migrating to Microsoft Office 365 (O365) and other cloud collaboration services. Due to the speed of these deployments, organizations may not be fully considering the security configurations of these platforms.

This Alert is an update to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's May 2019 Analysis Report, AR19-133A: Microsoft Office 365 Security Observations, and reiterates the recommendations related to O365 for organizations to review and ensure their newly adopted environment is configured to protect, detect, and respond against would be attackers of O365.
 



Also note that Office 2016 updates are all now listed as v16.16.20 but with the date appended.
The Office 2019/365 updates also now have build dates incorporated, e.g. 16.37.20051002 (which means 2020-05-10, 02).

Strangely, there is a recommended update to version 4.23 for Microsoft AutoUpdate (MAU), though MAU 4.22 is not presenting it to users as of this writing. Also note that Microsoft has moved AutoUpdate from the Office Release Notes page to its own MAU Release Notes page.

As an aside, I've long been annoyed that it takes Microsoft around a day to update its Office Release Notes/History pages after MAU first starts offering to install Office updates. I guess I should be happy that the opposite is true with the latest MAU release notes.

By the way, I hadn't quite noticed that Microsoft restored a nice feature last month in the 16.36 release that had been in Office 2011 (Office 14.x): When you print a whole workbook, worksheet-level page orientations are respected, rather than being overridden by global Page Setup settings.
 


The Office 2019/365 updates also now have build dates incorporated, e.g. 16.37.20051002 (which means 2020-05-10, 02).
Both sets (2016/2019) of Office updates have *always* had the build dates incorporated. The difference now is that 2016 updates used to be incremental, i.e. 16.16.18, 16.16.19, 16.16.20, but for some reason, a couple of months ago, they got to 16.16.20 and now they have stopped at that and now only use the build date to differentiate the updaters - very confusing! However, if you open an Office 2016 application and go to "About", it reports the correct version number – i.e. last month is 16.16.21 and this new update is 16.16.22!
 



And in the "offload everything to the cloud" department, the latest update to Microsoft Word in Office 2016 now requires my copy of Word to use "Microsoft online service" to convert a Word doc to a tagged PDF. The setting is within Word's Security & Privacy preference. Was it too hard to keep that built-into the desktop app? ;)
Update: My apologies. That online-service requirement is only for the "best for electronic distribution and accessibility" option in Word's Save As dialog. "Best for printing" works as before.
 


... Was it too hard to keep that built-into the desktop app? ;)
Why does the Microsoft online service need to convert some Office files?
"The Microsoft online service doesn't store any of your file content on our servers."

Methinks the giant corporation doth protest too little. Not storing any of our file content doesn't mean not filtering it for commercially valuable (to Microsoft) purposes before reformatting it and sending back the result.

But, yes, it's undoubtedly less expensive for Microsoft to maintain a single codebase for that functionality than for the four listed products in the table at that link. And, potentially, there could be a benefit in that they could update/improve/correct the functionality without waiting for the next month's Patch Tuesday.
 


The App Store version of Microsoft Remote Desktop has been updated to version 10.3.11, which apparently is the final release that will be compatible with macOS Sierra 10.12.
Mac App Store said:
At this writing, the downloadable installer for the non-App Store version is still at 10.3.10, but presumably it will be updated to 10.3.11 within a day or so.
Microsoft said:
From the "What's New" description at the App Store:
Microsoft said:
In this release we've addressed an authentication error that was preventing some users from subscribing to workspaces. We've also updated the client to perform a background refresh of all subscribed workspaces when starting up to ensure that published apps and PC resources are kept current. Barring any unforeseen developments, this should be the last release that will be compatible with macOS 10.12. If you are interested in trying out the latest pre-release builds of the macOS client, you can install beta updates from App Center.
Side rant: I may have complained about this before, but it is maddening that an Apple app as important to the ecosystem as the App Store app does not allow the selection and copying of text (like the "What's New" text) from the app to the clipboard. Copying text has been a universal Apple GUI feature since the Lisa, but evidently Apple's modern design "geniuses" consider it to be unimportant. At least you can still use a web browser to access and copy App Store descriptive text. Sort of.
 



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