Microsoft releases Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.1 Update

Microsoft has released Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.1 Update which Microsoft says improves stability and fixes several issues.

This Update applies to:
• Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac
• Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition
• Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition
• Microsoft Entourage 2008 for Mac
• Microsoft Excel 2008 for Mac
• Microsoft PowerPoint 2008 for Mac
• Microsoft Word 2008 for Mac

More info and download link here.

Many people believe they need Office, but, in reality, many don’t. Do you need Microsoft Office or do you just think you do? Give Apple’s free 30-day iWork ’08 trial a try and find out.


  1. I wish you guys would stop trying to say that iwork can replace office. It is a serious pain in the *ss to re-save your work every-time as multiple files so others can work with you. If iwork could just automatically save into word format it would eliminate the need. Until it does there will still be a need for office. Also, why doesn’t apple create a single program such as Entourage for personal data organization. I notice Mobile Me will now have a web based interface that puts all of your data in a single application why not a desktop version. Call it Desktop Me to go along with Mobile Me.

  2. Here we go again, MDN. Mac users are smart enough to know they don’t need Windoze, but not smart enough to know whether or not they need Office.

    Yes, I need Office. But I’m still not sure that “upgrading” to 2008 was a good move. It’s as slow as a wet week.

  3. Dump Office, get NeoOffice

    NeoOffice is donationware/free, cross platform compatable, Office compatiable and more.

    OfficeMac has had SERIOUS security issues for Mac users over the years, stuff that gave full access to the operating system and went undisclosed for decades!!!

    Microsoft and Anger free for 20 years!!

  4. I have both iWorks, and Office 2008. I like them both. Office feels more bloated, but it runs fine.

    I split the cost with my mum, as we both wanted Office. I want it, as I start Uni in September, and when I email my work, I’d like them to be able to read it.

    I didn’t pay for iWorks. I just used my mums disk, that she bought with her Macbook. Nothing wrong with paying for it once, and using it on two different machines, right? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”shock” style=”border:0;” />

  5. “Also, why doesn’t apple create a single program such as Entourage for personal data organization.”


    I agree 100%. Of course I use Mail, iCal and Address Book in favor of Entourage.. But it just makes so much more sense to have them combined into one app instead of three..

  6. Crappy 2008 unexpectedly quits all the time….and no one I know uses 2008 for Mac or 2007 for Winblows which means I have to use a slower program which does not play well with others unless I save it in a dumbed down version…..

    What was I thinking?

  7. My life would be a living hell if I used iWork instead of Office. Numbers has as much computational power as an abacus. When it steps up as a real spreadsheet, can someone please pat me on the back and let me know? I love my mac. I hate iWork. I’m also not one to drink the kool-aid. My mind, my opinions, and my buying decisions are not based upon blind allegiance.

  8. It would be great to dump Office, but it’s just not possible for many of us. I have a bug monthly spreadsheet that I have to use to create reports, and it only works on the *PC* version of office. Yes, the same drop-down menus that work just fine via VMWare/Office on XP are not even present when you open the same spreadsheet in Office 2008 for the Mac. How much chance is there that they’ll work in any other app, like Numbers?
    (None, I tried it)
    So until I can convince my manager and my whole department to completely re-create this file, I’m stuck using Office for Windows.

    All this begs the question – Why can’t one Microsoft app open the same Microsoft file on the same Microsoft app on another OS…? That answer is:
    Because Microsoft is run by a shaven chimp.



  9. @ Middilay and MikeK,

    I respectfully disagree. When OS X provided an addressbook that centralizes all contact information it eliminated the need to enter duplicate information in several different apps. It’s nice that Entourage lumps 3 different programs together, but what about using fax software, chat software, business software (client billing)? Currently any application can use the OS X addressbook for it’s contact information (though some still choose not to). It was my thought in the OS 9 days – “Why do I have to re-enter the same information in 5 different applications?” I would never go back.

  10. @ gorgalor

    Have to agree with you about Numbers. It’s a lot easier to make something pretty with it, but sadly it is not even close to Excel in computational abilities. Here’s to hoping version 2 is a LOT more robust.

    Keynote and Pages though are excellent.

  11. The last update of Office killed the apps. Not too sure why. I had to downgrade to get it to work again.


    I agree – seamless behavior between the Win and Mac versions of office would be great. I’m sure M$ put in the special features into the Mac version just to piss us off.

    Why they can just make the same program for the 2 platforms is beyond me.

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