Month: February 2014

Office 2013 Service Pack 1

Office 2013 Service Pack 1

An expanded version of this article is online at

Microsoft has finally released a Service Pack for Office 2013, the first major update to Office 2013. It’s a bundle of fixes for known and previously unknown (secret) bugs in Office 2013.

What’s Fixed?

Microsoft’s list of main Service Pack 1 (SP1) fixes is short

Among the functionality improvements and changes are the following:

  • Compatibility fixes for Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11.
  • Better support for modern hardware, such as high DPI devices and the precision touchpad.
  • Newapps for Office capabilities and APIs for developers.
  • Power Map for Excel, a 3D visualization tool for mapping, exploring, and interacting with geographical and temporal data in Excel, is now available to Office 365 ProPlus subscription customers. You can learn more about Power Map general availability on the Power BI Blog.
  • Improvements to the Click-to-Run virtualization technology that installs and updates Office 365 desktop applications.
  • SkyDrive Pro is now OneDrive for Business.

Outlook 2013 SP1 Provides support for task pane apps in Outlook 2013 to enable third-party developers to extend the compose experience for email messages and calendar items.

· PowerPoint 2013 SP1 Provides ability to insert and use content apps in PowerPoint 2013 slides. “

So there’s nothing really new for most Office 2013 users. Only ProPlus subscribers get a new feature in the form of Power Map for Excel.

Aside from that we’re assured of “… fixes to improve general stability, functionality, and security in Office, SharePoint Server, and related products.” (Redmond’s standard bland and unhelpful wording). There’s a list of about 250 fixes available from here as an Excel spreadsheet.

Service Pack 1 also includes all the security updates to January 2014 plus cumulative updates to December 2013.

What’s Missing

What’s glaringly missing from Office 2013 is anything to do with Skype.  We’d foolishly hoped that Service Pack 1 would fix that for Office 2013 – but there’s nil, zip, nada, not a Skype sausage.

Anything else you where hoping for in Service Pack 1?  Let us know.

Secret bugs

According to Microsoft’s own KB article, only four SP1 fixes where previously mentioned in their Knowledge Base and all four involved Lync 2013. The other 250ish bugs they’ve kept secret until now.

Bugs in the bug fix

If you use add-ons to Office, check the Service Pack fix list carefully. Some addons won’t work once SP1 is installed and Office 2013 will disable them automatically. These aren’t obscure add-ons and involve:

  • Evernote (a rival to Microsoft’s OneNote – a coincidence?)
  • FineReader
  • Intel’s ‘Send to Bluetooth’ option on many laptops that use Intel’s Bluetooth hardware.

Once you’ve installed an updated and SP1 compatible add-on from the above, you may have to enable the add-on in Office from File | Options | Add-ins | Com Add-ins | Manage.

SP1 can be uninstalled and that should go smoothly except that in Windows 8 and 8.1 the Office application tile on the Start menu is blank, if it was pinned there. You can fix that by running Repair from Control Panel | Programs and Features | Microsoft Office 2013 after uninstalling SP1.

It’s possible that other add-ins or VBA code will have problems after a Service Pack arrives. Just one more reason to wait a while before applying the update.

How to get Office 2013 Service Pack 1

First, as always, our usual advice applies. Don’t get the Service Pack right away. Let other people be the guinea pigs to discover any more bugs in the Service Pack itself.

Sadly, If you’re an Office 365 subscriber using the ‘Click to Run’ streaming install you don’t get a choice. The Service Pack will be ‘pushed’ out to you apparently whether you like it or not. Also whether the Service Pack will break your current Office setup or not.

If you installed Office 2013 from a download (setup.exe or MSI file) then Microsoft Update will automatically download the Service Pack starting in late March (Microsoft says ‘After a 30 day period’ presumably from 25 Feb 2014). Once downloaded you can choose to install the Service Pack when you like.

If you want to download and install SP1 separately (perhaps to download once before updating multiple computers) go to for the download links.

There are separate updates for 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) Office 2013 as well as Project 2013, Visio 2013, SharePoint Designer 2013, Proofing Tools, Language Interface Pack and Screentip Language.

Think You’re Safe With Apple Products??? Serious flaw in I-phone OsX


“On Friday, Apple quietly released iOS 7.0.6, explaining in a brief release note that it fixed a bug in which “an attacker with a privileged network position may capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS.” That’s the understated version. Another way to put it? Update your iPhone right now.

Oh, and by the way, OS X has the same issues—except there’s no fix out yet.

If you understand what that release note meant in full, chances are you were first in line for the iOS update. If it reads like deleted scene from Sneakers, here’s what it means for you and your Apple devices.

What Is SSL?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, and it’s what helps ensure that communication between your browser and your favorite websites’ servers remains private and secure. TLS, or Transport Layer Security, is a more recent protocol that does essentially the same. In brief, SSL/TLS is a cryptographic key that lets a browser and a server know they are who they say they are, a secret digital handshake that keeps your financial information safe when you … “

More at the link above to

Bill Proffitt

Beware of Fake Funeral Notices

With the latest malware campaign aimed at hijacking sensitive computer files and online accounts, scammers have sunk to a new low — specifically, six feet under.

Cybercrooks are emailing fake funeral notifications. Stealing the names and logos of legitimate funeral homes, they appear to be an e-invite to a funeral or remembrance service for an unnamed friend or acquaintance. 

Cryptolocker Ransomware

Cryptolocker ransomware

More about this Virus

This is a very nasty bug. Encrypts all your user files and demands a
$300 ransom within 72 hours to unlock them.  Most ordinary
antivirus/antimalware will not detect it.  Suggest installing
CryptoPrevent (free) or (better) the Premium auto-update version to
prevent infection (also blocks many other types of trojans from
executing). Premium can be installed on “all of your home computers” for
one $19.95 payment.



Does not infect Linux.

Windows SIG begins this month

Starting tomorrow (February 6) at 7:00 PM the Windows SIG will restart.  Bring your questions and answers.  We will cover Windows XP through Win 8.  Also, any other computer questions/discussions are welcome.  As a group we usually are either able to answer a question or at least provide some direction.

We will meet on the first Thursday of each month from 7 – 10 PM in room 206 of the Olympia Center.  The address is:  222 Columbia St NW.

Gary Bigger

Free Toolbar Cleaner & Remover Tools for your browsers

We have already seen how to manually uninstall some toolbars which may have got installed on your Internet ExplorerChromeFirefoxOpera or other browsers. While in most cases it may be possible to uninstall them via the Control Panel or the respective browsers’ Add-ons Manager, in some cases, it may not be possible and you may have to use some tools to remove such persistent toolbars.

Some toolbars which are difficult to remove are Ask toolbar, Babylon toolbar, AVG SecureSearch, SiteSafety, MyFree toolbar, C duit toolbar, ZXY toolbar, Anonymization toolbar, GameNext toolbar, MPire toolbar, MyWebSearch toolbar, NetCraft toolbar, People Searchtoolbar, Public Record toolbar, Zango toolbar, Elite toolbar, etc. The list is endless, with many wanting to push toolbars for various reasons. It could be for making money with every install, for pushing pop-ups or for tracking down your computer usage.

In this post we will see some free Toolbar Removers that may help you with the job.

Sticking with Windows XP? Here are your options

If you’re a Windows XP stalwart, you may decide to stick with Windows XP, even after Microsoft officially ends support. Scott Lowe discusses some of your options for making things work with what you have.

If you’re still running Windows XP in your organization, you’re probably painfully aware of the pending end of support for the venerable — but wildly popular — Windows XP operating system. Released in 2001, Windows XP was originally dismissed as a “play toy,” thanks to an interface that people compared to Fisher Price products. But with a couple of rock solid service packs, XP became the real workhorse of the enterprise.

And then along came Vista. There’s probably not much I can say here that hasn’t been said elsewhere. Vista was an unmitigated failure on the part of Microsoft and its overambitious and poorly planned development process.

Next came Windows 7. Much like Windows XP, Windows 7 has been greeted with great acceptance in both the consumer and enterprise spaces. As a result, many organizations made the jump from Windows XP directly to Windows 7. However, plenty of others couldn’t justify the time and expense of shifting to a new operating system when Windows XP was perfectly viable, so a lot of companies decided to wait for Windows 8.

And today, Windows 8 has been largely written off as a debacle, much like Vista. This leaves organizations with an option to move to Windows 7, which remains an excellent operating system, move to Windows 8, which is considered high risk for many, or find ways to stick with Windows XP and continue to make it work while the world awaits the release of Windows 9, which we all hope is a successful undertaking.



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Linux SIGs

We are working on three Linux SIGs on the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

  • Second Tuesday is OMUG Linux SIG in room 206 of the Olympia Center officially starting 7 PM.
  • Third Tuesday is TAPCUG Linux SIG at the SE Tacoma Community Center starting 5:30 PM.
  • Fourth Tuesday is an all OS SIG proposed for the Steilacoom Library starting 7 PM providing John Wickliffe can reserve the room.

The reason for an all OS SIG is that applications can increasingly run across all operating systems. For details on all of this, see

Joel Carlson <>

OMUG 2018