MC393185 – (Updated) Reminder: Microsoft Office default change – Blocking VBA macros in files from the internet

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check before: 2022-07-01

Product:

Microsoft 365 Apps, SharePoint, Visio

Platform:

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

Status:

varies

Change type:

Admin impact, Updated message, User impact

Links:

MC322553
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. As a reminder (MC322553 Feb '22), 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:
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Scope:
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Release Phase:
Current Channel, Current Channel (Preview)

Created:
2022-06-17

updated:
2022-07-22

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DatePropertyoldnew
2022-07-22MC Last Updated07/07/2022 21:47:012022-07-21T16:58:56Z
2022-07-22MC 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. As a reminder (MC322553 Feb '22), 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. As a reminder (MC322553 Feb '22), 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
2022-07-22MC End Time08/04/2022 10:00:002022-08-31T10:00:00Z
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://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
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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. As a reminder (MC322553 Feb '22), 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 has been available in Version 2203, Current Channel (Preview) and it will complete the rolling out for the entire Current Channel soon. Later, the change will be available in the other update channels, such as 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. As a reminder (MC322553 Feb '22), 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 TitleReminder: Microsoft Office default change – Blocking VBA macros in files from the internet(Updated) Reminder: Microsoft Office default change – Blocking VBA macros in files from the internet
2022-07-08MC Last Updated06/17/2022 01:09:092022-07-07T21:47:01Z
2022-07-08MC MessageTagNamesUser impact, Admin impactUpdated message, User impact, Admin impact
2022-07-08MC End Time01/31/2023 09:00:002022-08-04T10:00:00Z

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