Microsoft releases Office 2004 for Mac 11.3.4 Update

Microsoft today released Office 2004 for Mac 11.3.4 Update which, according to Microsoft, “contains several improvements to enhance security and stability, including fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.”

Microsoft says the update applies to: Office 2004 Standard Edition, Office 2004 Student and Teacher Edition, Office 2004 Professional Edition, Word 2004, Excel 2004, PowerPoint 2004, Entourage 2004.

More info and download link here.

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29 Comments

  1. Let’s get a few things out of the way here.

    “I would never put a M$ product on my Mac”
    “My Mac has been M$ free for 35 years”
    “Just get Open Office”
    blah, blah, blah…

    Get over it (before you start). M$ Office is the de-facto standard no matter how much some of you hate it.

    [post on pcmag.com:] Get over it (before you start). The iPod is the de-facto standard no matter how much some of you hate it.

    Yin and Yang people.

  2. “including fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.”

    Isn’t this in the release notes for absolutely EVERY Microsoft software update?!? When Billy said “Macs are broken every day” maybe he wasn’t lying. He could have been strictly referring to Microsoft Office for Mac.

  3. If there was the attention being paid to iWork that there ought to be, we wouldn’t care about this so much.

    But, neither iWork nor iLife (which absolutely DO NOT ‘boom – just work’) is moving in the direction to seize the moment and fulfill the needs of Mac users world wide because:

    1. Lord Jobs is obsessed with changing the world with iPhone and

    2. Lord Jobs is otherwise fully distracted by trying to hold on as Chairman of Apple while, at the same time, trying to stay dressed in his P. T. Barnum outfit instead of state supplied clothing.

  4. how embarrassing.

    iWork has been out for like.. 2 versions and the 20 year old office is ripping it for ideas (Mac Office 2008)

    If that thing has a spreadsheet i’m jumping ship.. I love pages, and keynote.. and constantly get compliments on my ‘output’ with those programs..

  5. “In all fairness, that’s the language of every release for every OS for whatever fix. It’s always got to do with the same thing. It’s not OSX or Windows specific.”

    Umm, no, not really. For one thing, this isn’t an operating system point update or an OS security update, this is just an update for their Office suite. And secondly, most updates from everyone other than MS at least add some new features on occasion and aren’t entirely made up of only security fixes. I’m sorry, but Microsoft has set the standard for “vulnerabilities” that nobody could beat if they tried.

  6. uh, folks…, the rest of the world has never heard of iWork. like it or not MS Office is what the rest of the world is using. would we like to change that? sure. but until Open Office sees a greater adoption, or iWork suddenly becomes a FAR more compelling solution, we’re stuck with it.

    Office is one the reasons macs are selling the way they are – it enables people who’ve never heard of an alternative to feel that much more comfortable. be happy security updates come out and that MS mac business unit is working on them.

  7. Why I hate those “this is what the whole world is doing” arguments:

    • iWork is totally open. It can export your work to industry standards, including web standards, and even Microsoft’s so-called “standards” (although you lose all the nice visual effects/functionality when moving to that last one).

    And it keeps me happy because no matter how much people *think* Office is the “end-all be-all” of productivity (hah!) suites, I know I can export to M$’s crappy format if need be.

    I don’t give a damn if the rest of the world knows what iWork is or not. The point is that I do, and I know what I like. And I like iWork.

    MW: All iWork needs is some growth. And that spreadsheet thing everyone seems to bitch about.

  8. True, ben, new switchers do see Office as a “security blanket” kind of thing to switch with, because on the PC, thats all they have (well, the ones that aren’t receptive to open source). But once you come over here, you notice there are alternatives.

    I used Office for Mac for a few months before I decided to look at Neo Office, which was pretty decent- not great, but at least it wasn’t Microsoft technology. Then I moved to iWork, and I must say, I absolutely love it.

    Besides, once the 5-year contact is up, Microsoft will be pulling the plug on Office. Between now and then, Office will get less and less functional, and Apple will be refining iWork, prepping it to replace Office right away.

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