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This release includes stability improvements and bug fixes for users.

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An emergency release of Box for Office (v4.5.1227) is available now in early access and will automatically release to all end users starting on Monday June 18, 2018 and completing on Tuesday June 19, 2018.  This release addresses a bug in our TLS 1.1+ compatibility that will cause Box for Office to break on June 25, 2018 when TLS 1.0 is deprecated.
 
Admins and users must ensure they are on this version of Box for Office in order to avoid a breaking experience.  Users will receive this update silently and automatically, so there is no need for action unless you have customized your installation of Box for Office to block updates.

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Note: Existing users will slowly begin to update to this new version through the end of May.

 

Box for Office v4.3.1217/v4.4.1221 is now available for download here. New users will default to this version, existing users will not be automatically updated to this new build immediately.

 

This version reverts a change made in the prior release (Box for Office v4.1.1212/v4.2.1220) that defaulted Microsoft Office programs to use IE 11 via the FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION registry keys - Please see additional background below.

 

This change in the prior release inadvertently affected other Microsoft Office add-ins. Unfortunately, due to limitations with our update process, we cannot revert back to the last set value. In order to prevent future issues, the new release to Box for Office v4.3.1217/v4.4.1221 will delete the Microsoft Office program registry values from the FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION registry keys.

 

Admins who set Microsoft Office programs to use a non-default web browser control in the FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION registry keys prior to installing Box for Office v4.1.1212/v4.2.1220, may need to re-set their non-default web browser control after updating to Box for Office v4.3.1217/v4.4.1221.

 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and if you have any questions, please reach out to the Box User Services team.

 

Background:
In the prior release, Box for Office v4.1.1212/v4.2.1220, we forced Microsoft Office programs to use IE 11 for any web browser controls used by the Office program. This was done by adding the Microsoft Office program executables (WinWord.exe, POWERPNT.EXE, outlook.exe, and EXCEL.EXE) as registry values under the following registry keys and setting the value data to be "11001":

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION

For more information on the FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION settings, please read here.
By default, the Office program values do not exist under the keys above.

 

The update to Box for Office v4.3.1217/v4.4.1221 will delete the values (WinWord.exe, POWERPNT.EXE, outlook.exe, and EXCEL.EXE) from the locations above and revert the Microsoft Office programs back to using the default web browser control.

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Box for Office v4.3.1217/v4.4.1221 will be released soon which reverts a change made in the prior release (Box for Office v4.1.1212/v4.2.1220) that defaulted Microsoft Office programs to use IE 11 via the FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION registry keys - Please see additional background below.  
 
This change by the prior release inadvertently affected other Microsoft Office add-ins. Unfortunately, due to limitations with our update process, we cannot revert back to the last set value. In order to prevent future issues, the new release to Box for Office v4.3.1217/v4.4.1221 will delete the Microsoft Office program registry values from the FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION registry keys.  
 
Admins who set Microsoft Office programs to use a non-default web browser control in the FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION registry keys prior to installing Box for Office v4.1.1212/v4.2.1220, may need to re-set their non-default web browser control after updating to Box for Office v4.3.1217/v4.4.1221
 
To facilitate this change, we will provide installers links to Box for Office v4.3.1217/v4.4.1221 before this version is pushed via our auto-update service. This will give you time to manually update to Box for Office v4.3.1217/v4.4.1221 and then re-apply your non-default FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION values.   
 
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and if you have any questions, please reach out to the Box User Services team
 
Background
In the prior release, Box for Office v4.1.1212/v4.2.1220, we forced Microsoft Office programs to use IE 11 for any web browser controls used by the Office program. This was done by adding the Microsoft Office program executables (WinWord.exe, POWERPNT.EXE, outlook.exe, and EXCEL.EXE) as registry values under the following registry keys and setting the value data to be "11001": 
 
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION
 
For more information on the FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION settings, please read here.
By default, the Office program values do not exist under the keys above.
 
The update to Box for Office v4.3.1217/v4.4.1221 will delete the values (WinWord.exe, POWERPNT.EXE, outlook.exe, and EXCEL.EXE) from the locations above and revert the Microsoft Office programs back to using the default web browser control.
 

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Note - Multiple update paths: 
During auto-update, Box for Office will first be updated to Version 4.1.1212. If your machine is running .NET Framework 4.5.2 or higher, Box for Office will be updated to Version 4.2.1220. If not, you will remain on Box for Office Version 4.1.1212, which is compatible with .NET 4.0.

All future Box for Office releases will have two sets of builds (4.1.x for users running a .NET framework below 4.5.2 and 4.2.x for .NET framework 4.5.2 or higher). Users will be automatically be updated to the appropriate version based on the .NET framework installed on their machines.

Box for Office 4.1.1212

  • Bug fixes and stability improvements

Box for Office 4.2.1220

  • .NET Framework 4.5.2 support
  • TLS 1.1+ support
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements

The updates will be available here.

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Note - Multiple update paths:
During auto-update, Box for Office will first be updated to Version 4.1.1212. If your machine is running .NET Framework 4.5.2 or higher, Box for Office will be updated to Version 4.2.1220. If not, you will remain on Box for Office Version 4.1.1212, which is compatible with .NET 4.0.

All future Box for Office releases will have two sets of builds (4.1.x for users running a .NET framework below 4.5.2 and 4.2.x for .NET framework 4.5.2 or higher). Users will be automatically be updated to the appropriate version based on the .NET framework installed on their machines.

Box for Office 4.1.1212

  • Bug fixes and stability improvements

Box for Office 4.2.1220

  • .NET Framework 4.5.2 support
  • TLS 1.1+ support
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements

The updates will be available here.

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This update simply includes additional bug fixes and stability improvements.

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This release plans to fix an issue that crashes Outlook after the Box for Office update. 

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This update will include additional bug fixes and stability improvements!

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