Here's the problem I'm having with Microsoft Office apps:
I see this dialog several times a month when I launch Microsoft Word/Excel/Powerpoint.
Very frequently, the verification process hangs, and I need to force-quit.
Even when it succeeds, it often takes several minutes or more.
Worse yet, even after it succeeds, it's often only a matter of a few days or weeks before macOS seems to need to reverify the app again. (I.e., if the Mac is "whitelisting" the app once it successfully verifies it - that whitelist only lasts for a few days or weeks).
Needless to say, this is extremely annoying.
I appreciate that MacOs is trying to keep my computer safe from malicious viruses and programs. However, is there a way to ensure that, once whitelisted, a program can remain whitelisted?
In case it's relevant, I'm running macOS Big Sur (v. 11.2.3), and v. 16.49 of the Microsoft Office for Mac apps.