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

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check before: 2022-02-21

Product:

Microsoft 365 Apps, Visio

Platform:

Online, US Instances, Windows Desktop, World tenant

Status:

In development

Change type:

User impact, Admin impact

Links:

88883

Details:

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: 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

Change Category:
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Scope:
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Release Phase:
Current Channel, Current Channel (Preview)

Created:
2022-02-08

updated:
2022-02-12

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