If you are not aware of these changes, you may end up with a Microsoft Office installation that is missing security updates.
With the goal of preventing others from making similar mistakes as I have, I outline in this blog post how the way Microsoft Office receives updates has changed.
Let's go back about 15 years in Windows computing to the year 2002.
You've got a shiny new desktop with Windows XP and Office XP as well.
The look is colourful, the emphasis is on collaboration and business intelligence, we love the way Outlook shows recent files to attach to emails, and regular updates keep on improving the key applications.
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However, after further investigation, I realized that the update process of Microsoft Update has changed.If you knew where the option was in Windows, you could turn on Automatic Updates to download and notify you when OS updates are made available.What happens when there is a security update for Office? We now have Windows XP Service Pack 2, which enables a firewall by default.If you happened to know about the Office Update website, you could run an Active X control to check for Microsoft Office updates. Windows XP SP2 also encourages you to enable Automatic Updates for the OS. As it turns out, an enhanced version of Windows Update, called Microsoft Update, was also released in 2005.Notice that the Auto Update link is HTTP instead of HTTPS. The new Microsoft Update, instead of checking for updates for only the OS itself, now also checks for updates for other Microsoft software, such as Microsoft Office.