MC322553 – (Updated) Microsoft Office default change – Blocking VBA macros in files from the internet

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*For this entry exists the more relevant or more recent entry MC393185

check before: 2022-02-21

Product:

Microsoft 365 Apps, SharePoint, Visio

Platform:

Mac, Online, US Instances, Windows Desktop, World tenant

Status:

In development

Change type:

Admin impact, Updated message, User impact

Links:

MC393185
88883

Details:

Updated July 20, 2022: We're resuming the rollout of this change in Current Channel. Based on our review of customer feedback, we've made updates to both our end user and our admin documentation to make clearer what options you have for different scenarios. For example, what to do if your users have files on SharePoint or files on a network share. Please refer to the following documentation:
For end users, A potentially dangerous macro has been blocked
For IT admins, Macros from the internet will be blocked by default in Office
If you ever enabled or disabled the Block macros from running in Office files from the Internet policy, your organization will not be affected by this change.
Thank you.
VBA macros are a common way for malicious actors to gain access to deploy malware and ransomware. To help improve security, we are changing the behavior of Office applications to now block macros in files from the internet. Learn more in this blog post.

This change only affects Office on devices running Windows and only affects the following applications: Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, and Word.

[Key points:]
Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88883
Timing: We will communicate a new timeline via Message center.
Action: Review and assess impact

Change Category:
XXXXXXX ...

Scope:
XXXXXXX ...

Release Phase:
Current Channel, Current Channel (Preview)

Created:
2022-02-08

updated:
2022-07-22

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2022-07-22MC prepareEnterprises should evaluate their use of macros in files obtained from the internet to determine how this new default behavior will affect their users.
To learn more about how to get ready for this change and recommendations for managing VBA macros in Office files, read this article for Office admins.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/DeployOffice/security/internet-macros-blocked#block-macros-from-running-in-office-files-from-the-internet"
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2185272
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=2185771
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=2186005
https://nam06.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.microsoft.com%2Fen-gb%2FDeployOffice%2Fsecurity%2Finternet-macros-blocked&data=05%7C01%7Cwegon%40microsoft.com%7C26acaac2ea6449a7a45c08da64687c3d%7C72f988bf86f141af91ab2d7cd011db47%7C1%7C0%7C637932697207119680%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=FjkXwfFWls1ZL4l3xiwZU%2FTM%2FVRLyjmoNo62er9YIgc%3D&reserved=0"
https://nam06.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsupport.microsoft.com%2Ftopic%2F0952faa0-37e7-4316-b61d-5b5ed6024216&data=05%7C01%7Cwegon%40microsoft.com%7C26acaac2ea6449a7a45c08da64687c3d%7C72f988bf86f141af91ab2d7cd011db47%7C1%7C0%7C637932697207119680%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=D68HLWrR3XuGkWm0m%2F5JES9cNLv6%2FZhoiMDj%2Fbuz2b8%3D&reserved=0"
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?rtc=1%26filters=&searchterms=88883’
Enterprises should evaluate their use of macros in files obtained from the internet to determine how this new default behavior will affect their users.
To learn more about how to get ready for this change and recommendations for managing VBA macros in Office files, read this article for Office admins.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/DeployOffice/security/internet-macros-blocked#block-macros-from-running-in-office-files-from-the-internet
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2185272
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=2185771
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=2186005
https://nam06.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.microsoft.com%2Fen-gb%2FDeployOffice%2Fsecurity%2Finternet-macros-blocked&data=05%7C01%7Cwegon%40microsoft.com%7C26acaac2ea6449a7a45c08da64687c3d%7C72f988bf86f141af91ab2d7cd011db47%7C1%7C0%7C637932697207119680%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=FjkXwfFWls1ZL4l3xiwZU%2FTM%2FVRLyjmoNo62er9YIgc%3D&reserved=0"
https://nam06.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsupport.microsoft.com%2Ftopic%2F0952faa0-37e7-4316-b61d-5b5ed6024216&data=05%7C01%7Cwegon%40microsoft.com%7C26acaac2ea6449a7a45c08da64687c3d%7C72f988bf86f141af91ab2d7cd011db47%7C1%7C0%7C637932697207119680%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=D68HLWrR3XuGkWm0m%2F5JES9cNLv6%2FZhoiMDj%2Fbuz2b8%3D&reserved=0"
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?rtc=1%26filters=&searchterms=88883’
2022-07-22MC Last Updated07/21/2022 05:16:322022-07-21T16:58:18Z
2022-07-21MC Last Updated07/07/2022 21:47:542022-07-21T05:16:32Z
2022-07-21MC MessagesUpdated July 07, 2022: Based on feedback, we’re rolling back this change from Current Channel. We appreciate the feedback we’ve received so far, and we’re working to make improvements in this experience. We’ll provide another update when we’re ready to release again to Current Channel. Thank you.
VBA macros are a common way for malicious actors to gain access to deploy malware and ransomware. To help improve security, we are changing the behavior of Office applications to now block macros in files from the internet. Learn more in this blog post.

This change only affects Office on devices running Windows and only affects the following applications: Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, and Word.

[Key points:]
Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88883
Timing: We will communicate a new timeline via Message center.
Action: Review and assess impact
Updated July 20, 2022: We're resuming the rollout of this change in Current Channel. Based on our review of customer feedback, we've made updates to both our end user and our admin documentation to make clearer what options you have for different scenarios. For example, what to do if your users have files on SharePoint or files on a network share. Please refer to the following documentation:
For end users, A potentially dangerous macro has been blocked
For IT admins, Macros from the internet will be blocked by default in Office
If you ever enabled or disabled the Block macros from running in Office files from the Internet policy, your organization will not be affected by this change.
Thank you.
VBA macros are a common way for malicious actors to gain access to deploy malware and ransomware. To help improve security, we are changing the behavior of Office applications to now block macros in files from the internet. Learn more in this blog post.

This change only affects Office on devices running Windows and only affects the following applications: Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, and Word.

[Key points:]
Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88883
Timing: We will communicate a new timeline via Message center.
Action: Review and assess impact
2022-07-21MC End Time08/04/2022 10:00:002022-08-31T10:00:00Z
2022-07-21MC prepareEnterprises should evaluate their use of macros in files obtained from the internet to determine how this new default behavior will affect their users.
To learn more about how to get ready for this change and recommendations for managing VBA macros in Office files, read this article for Office admins.
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2185272
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=2185771
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=2186005
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?rtc=1%26filters=&searchterms=88883’
Enterprises should evaluate their use of macros in files obtained from the internet to determine how this new default behavior will affect their users.
To learn more about how to get ready for this change and recommendations for managing VBA macros in Office files, read this article for Office admins.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/DeployOffice/security/internet-macros-blocked#block-macros-from-running-in-office-files-from-the-internet"
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2185272
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=2185771
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=2186005
https://nam06.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.microsoft.com%2Fen-gb%2FDeployOffice%2Fsecurity%2Finternet-macros-blocked&data=05%7C01%7Cwegon%40microsoft.com%7C26acaac2ea6449a7a45c08da64687c3d%7C72f988bf86f141af91ab2d7cd011db47%7C1%7C0%7C637932697207119680%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=FjkXwfFWls1ZL4l3xiwZU%2FTM%2FVRLyjmoNo62er9YIgc%3D&reserved=0"
https://nam06.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsupport.microsoft.com%2Ftopic%2F0952faa0-37e7-4316-b61d-5b5ed6024216&data=05%7C01%7Cwegon%40microsoft.com%7C26acaac2ea6449a7a45c08da64687c3d%7C72f988bf86f141af91ab2d7cd011db47%7C1%7C0%7C637932697207119680%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=D68HLWrR3XuGkWm0m%2F5JES9cNLv6%2FZhoiMDj%2Fbuz2b8%3D&reserved=0"
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?rtc=1%26filters=&searchterms=88883’
2022-07-08MC MessagesVBA macros are a common way for malicious actors to gain access to deploy malware and ransomware. To help improve security, we are changing the behavior of Office applications to now block macros in files from the internet. Learn more in this blog post.

This change only affects Office on devices running Windows and only affects the following applications: Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, and Word.

[Key points:]
Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88883
Timing: The change will begin rolling out in Version 2203, starting with Current Channel (Preview) in early April 2022. Later, the change will be available in the other update channels, such as Current Channel, Monthly Enterprise Channel, and Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel.
At a future date to be determined, we also plan to make this change to Office LTSC, Office 2021, Office 2019, Office 2016, and Office 2013.
Action: Review and assess impact
Updated July 07, 2022: Based on feedback, we’re rolling back this change from Current Channel. We appreciate the feedback we’ve received so far, and we’re working to make improvements in this experience. We’ll provide another update when we’re ready to release again to Current Channel. Thank you.
VBA macros are a common way for malicious actors to gain access to deploy malware and ransomware. To help improve security, we are changing the behavior of Office applications to now block macros in files from the internet. Learn more in this blog post.

This change only affects Office on devices running Windows and only affects the following applications: Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, and Word.

[Key points:]
Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88883
Timing: We will communicate a new timeline via Message center.
Action: Review and assess impact
2022-07-08MC TitleMicrosoft Office default change – Blocking VBA macros in files from the internet(Updated) Microsoft Office default change – Blocking VBA macros in files from the internet
2022-07-08MC Last Updated02/08/2022 18:42:142022-07-07T21:47:54Z
2022-07-08MC MessageTagNamesUser impact, Admin impactUpdated message, User impact, Admin impact
2022-07-08MC End Time02/01/2023 09:00:002022-08-04T10:00:00Z

*starting April 2022

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