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Microsoft is quietly reversing its decision to block Office macros by default, after an earlier announcement that it would indeed implement it on a security basis.
The tech giant began blocking macros by default in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Visio in February 2022, claiming the move would make its apps “more secure” in an effort to “keep more users safe, including home users and information workers in managed organizations.
However, the move has already been met with hostility from Windows users over concerns that it could actually increase security risks.
Microsoft Security Reversal
Among the first to report on this change were Microsoft customers who turned to online channels to express their dissatisfaction.
Angela Robertson, an Office 365 Principal GPM for Identity and Security, has since commented: “Based on the feedback received, a rollback has begun. An update on the rollback is in progress. I apologize for any inconvenience of the rollback that started before the update on the change was made available.”
Several customers have complained about the poor communication, not to mention the effect it can have on small businesses: “Your standard SMB and even medium-sized businesses will implode if fully implemented in its current form,” says one customer.
They continue: “It seems that you are now serving companies that have very large teams of people to manage your products, and that is just not the case for the majority of users. It needs to be simplified before it is released, and more importantly, it must be communicated effectively.”
So far, the company has yet to make an official announcement regarding the revocation of the security feature it had only recently implemented.
In response to the complaints, Microsoft said: “We appreciate the feedback we’ve received so far, and we’re working on improvements to this experience. We’ll provide another update when we’re ready to re-release on the current channel.” . Thank you.”