Each of the three current versions of Outlook have updates available this month. Four updates were released for Outlook 2013. - one update and three hotfixes. The update should be installed automatically, but the hotfixes will need to be downloaded and installed if you are affected by anything they fix.
The first Outlook 2013 update doesn't really do anything, it just is. Ok, I'm just trying to be funny (and not doing a very good job at it)... the update addresses performance issues, not bugs. if it's not automatically installed, you can download it from Description of the Outlook 2013 update: August 13, 2013
The first hotfix addresses a handful of issues:
- When you use Israel time zone and accept a meeting request, Outlook crashes.
- When you add a meeting room to a meeting request, the meeting room is removed if the request is sent to a group whose display name contains Japanese characters.
- When you use retention policies, the wrong retention date is displayed for sent messages.
- Excel crashes when you use the Send as Attachment feature to send a spreadsheet.
Download the hotfix from Description of the Office 2013 hotfix package (Outexum-x-none.msp): August 13, 2013
The second hotfix also covers just a handful of issues, some of which annoyed me:
- When you design a custom contact form, the phone and email address fields are labeled incorrectly.
- You cannot select the IMAP Inbox folder under the Folder Options heading in the Send/Receive Settings dialog box.
- IMAP sub folders do not synchronize with one another after you configure a root path for the account.
- Outlook 2013 in a domain environment uses the external host name to connect to mailboxes that are not the primary mailbox, such as auto-mapped mailboxes, modern public folders, and archive mailboxes.
The final Outlook 2013 hotfix covers a lot of problems. If any of these problems affect you, you can download the hotfix from Description of the Outlook 2013 hotfix package (Outlook-x-none.msp): August 13, 2013 As always, check the KB article for complete details on any of the issues listed below.
General issues addressed by this hotfix:
- Outlook 2013 crashes when you have Microsoft Dynamics CRM installed.
- The conversation ID of an item is different in Outlook 2013 and Outlook Web App.
- When you add a delegate, you receive the following error message: The Delegates settings were not saved correctly. Unable to activate send-on-behalf-of list. You do not have sufficient permission to perform this operation on this object.
- When you register a provider in MAPISVC.INF, the full path of the provider DLL cannot contain periods.
- When you sync Outlook with SharePoint in Office 365, the task list is displayed as changed.
- When you disable and then re-enable a rule that applies a retention policy on received items, the retention date of affected items is set incorrectly.
- When you make an Exchange Web Services (EWS) request that contains Unicode characters or fetches Unicode characters through an Outlook Mail App, you receive an error message: Invalid character in the given encoding.
- When you change the OutlookSecureTempFolder string value to change the temporary file path then restart Outlook and open an attachment from an email message, the temporary file is saved in the Temporary Internet Files folder.
- When you configure an email profile in online mode and restart Outlook, search folders are removed.
- When you create a new profile or run the Test E-mail AutoConfiguration task, you receive a certificate warning.
Calendar and meeting issues addressed:
- When you send a sharing email message to share the calendar, you receive the following error message: Error while preparing to send sharing message.
- When you schedule a meeting, the attendees' free/busy information on the Scheduling Assistant tab is unavailable.
- When you open a meeting request, the organizer of the meeting is displayed as a legacy distinguished name if the meeting request is created by an account that is hidden or missing in the offline address book.
- When you open a shared calendar, you cannot see items that have a "free" status even if you have the access to see the free/busy items.
- When you create a meeting request, you can only receive room suggestions for the first 12 working hours from the working start time.
- When you have an additional calendar In your profile, the mailbox address on the calendar label is light gray and difficult to read.
- When enable the Calendar option to "delete responses that don't contain comments" then receive a response to a meeting, the blank response is not deleted after it is tracked.
- When you open a saved meeting item or appointment item twice, you cannot change the sensitivity of the item.
- When you use Schedule View for a shared calendar that contains many categorized items, the appointments take longer than expected to appear when you scroll.
- Free/Busy information displays no information when your domain account and Office 365 account have the same user principal name (UPN) but different passwords and create a meeting request in Office 365, inviting users who have not yet migrated to Office 365.
Email issues that are addressed by this hotfix:
- When a user's job title includes "On Behalf Of" and you receive a message that is sent by a user on behalf of another user then forward the message, "On Behalf Of" in the From field resolves to the user who has the "On Behalf Of" text in their job title.
- When you open a sent item two times, you cannot see the tracking information on the item.
- When you send an email message that has a retention policy applied, the sent email message displays an incorrect retention date.
- When the Reply All button function is disabled, the the Reply All button in the reading pane isn't disabled.
- When you use the Send as Attachment function in Excel to send a spreadsheet as an attachment, Excel 2013 crashes.
- When you turn off the option to display photos of message senders and recipients but have an Outlook Mail App installed, the white space between the ribbon and the email message header increases on the reading pane.