New OS X El Capitan Update Should Fix Microsoft Office Crashes

Apple fans get yourself ready, as Apple today has released OS X 10.11.1, the first update for its El Capitan operating system. Also included is the long awaited fixes to Microsoft’s Office 2016 for Mac that resolves problems that Mac users have been reporting for months now.

Microsoft has taken a battering on its Office 2016 for Mac support forum since its release in September and quite rightly so. Not only did Mac users have to wait longer for a release of Office 2016 but they also had to pay a premium. For example Microsoft Office Home and Student 2016 for Mac retails for around £119.99 as on windows based machines you’re looking at a retail price of around £103.90. Regardless of the premium and the prolonged release date reports continued to escalate  with users having trouble running Excel, OneNote, Outlook and PowerPoint on the new OS X.

Although most users blamed Microsoft for the unpolished program, neither Microsoft nor Apple acknowledged fault. Today, a pair of Microsoft product managers simply urged users to update El Capitan to 10.11.1, without admitting blame or pointing fingers.

The update is available on the  Mac App Store, also does the following:

  • Improves installer reliability when upgrading to OS X El Capitan
  • Fixes an issue where outgoing server information may be missing from Mail
  • Resolves an issue that prevented display of messages and mailboxes in Mail
  • Resolves an issue that prevents certain Audio Unit plug-ins from functioning properly
  • Improves VoiceOver reliability
  • Adds over 150 new emoji characters with full Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 support
  • Resolves an issue that caused JPEG images to appear as a gray or green box in Preview

Additionally, the update contains the long-awaited security improvements in the Safari browser. Any of our users experienced any of these problems? Let us know in the comments below.