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Microsoft Office bug nags you with a pop-up every hour

There's a fix in the works, but it's more than a little annoying.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
May 30, 2017
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Every software glitch is at least a little irksome, but Microsoft's latest bug is driving some people up the wall. Office users running a recent update have noticed a bug that ever-so-briefly pops up a background task window... every hour. It's annoying at best, and genuinely disruptive at worst -- if you're running a full-screen app like a game, it may kick you to the desktop. There's thankfully a fix underway, but you may have to wait a little while to get it.

The company's Jen Gentleman notes that there's already a fix in place for Office Insiders who are on the Slow test ring (that is, the safest). That suggests that a patch is coming sooner rather than later, and you can get rid of the window bug right now if you're willing to use a less-than-stable version of the productivity suite. Still, this is bound to be irritating -- especially if you're on a work computer and can't try preview software.

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