Just because Outlook has been around for a while, it doesn’t mean Microsoft isn’t updating it. In fact, there’s a continual stream of updates coming out of Microsoft. One thing they have been effective with is continuing to make changes to supported versions of Outlook to fix bugs and protect you against the latest email marketing scams and other junk mail. The only problem with all these updates is that you need to keep installing the updates that come out if you want to get their benefits. The rest of this article talks about how to do exactly that, and points you to more extensive resources online.
While Microsoft has tried to make this process easy and smooth, it still isn’t intuitive or without quirks. Conceptually, the process is simple. You start by checking for updates, then downloading and installing (any of the updates you want) them if any are available. Right here is one place where people get confused.
Some of the available updates may not apply to you. For example, if you see updates dealing with languages you don’t speak, you could choose to skip those. However, the best answer is to just install every update that comes along. Doing this will simplify your life by saving you from having to evaluate each update that comes along and decide whether you want it or not.
I recommend that you check for updates every week. Normally they don’t come out that frequently, but if there is an emergency release, you won’t want to be without it for long. It only takes a moment to do if there aren’t updates available. If there are updates available, you want to get them installed as soon as possible. Setting up a recurring task is the best way to remember to do this.
NOTE: Some companies have formal policies on doing software updates which may conflict with this advice. If your company does have such a policy, you should always follow company guidelines instead of general suggestions like these.
While incorporating repeated Microsoft Outlook updates may seem like a distraction from getting actual work done, if you incorporate the updatesover time you will gain a better-running copy of Outlook and less junk email than you would otherwise have to deal with. The reduced amount of spam (from improved junk mail filters that Microsoft sends as part of updates) alone makes installing updates worthwhile.
To check for Outlook updates, go to the Microsoft Office Downloads home page. Once there, you need to find the link that lets scan your computer to figure out which updates you need. Then you need to select the updates you want to install. Finally, download and install them. Once you’ve done it a few times, this process becomes quick and easy.
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