Microsoft Office now without support for macOS Catalina › jojo Reviews

A quick reminder for Mac users who use Microsoft’s Office programs on machines running even older versions of macOS. The November update now released by Microsoft removes support for macOS Catalina 10.15.

It should come as no surprise that macOS Catalina 10.15, released by Apple in 2019, drops out of the list of officially Microsoft Office compatible operating systems. For several years now, Microsoft has followed the strategy of only offering its Office applications with support for the three latest major versions of the Apple operating system for the Mac. Since the release of macOS 13 Ventura last month, this includes macOS 11 Big Sur and macOS 12 Monterey in addition to this latest macOS version.

Microsoft Office Mac update notification

The change in Microsoft’s compatibility list affects not only the subscription version of Office “Microsoft 365”, but also the Office for Mac 2021 and Office for Mac 2019 perpetual licenses.

The Microsoft applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote included in these program packages can still be used on computers running macOS Catalina, but as of now, no functional enhancements, bug fixes, or security updates will be provided under this macOS version. Regardless of security risks, Microsoft generally recommends that you always use the latest version of macOS to take full advantage of the functionality offered by the Office applications.

New with the November update for Office

The so-called November update for Microsoft Office has version number 16.67. The update brings minor improvements to the Excel spreadsheet with dynamic array integration and the ability to view changes to the cells in your workbook. Additionally, two minor vulnerabilities in Word and the Office Suite have been addressed with CVE-2022-41061 and CVE-2022-41107.

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