Microsoft updates Office 2004 and Office 2008 for Mac

Microsoft today released Office 2004 for Mac 11.5.1 Update and Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.2 Update.

Office 2004 for Mac 11.5.1 Update contains several improvements to enhance stability and performance. In addition, this update includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code. Applies to: Office 2004 Standard Edition, Office 2004 Student and Teacher Edition, Office 2004 Professional Edition, Word 2004, Excel 2004, PowerPoint 2004, Entourage 2004

Likewise, Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.2 Update contains several improvements to enhance stability and performance. In addition, this update includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code. Applies to: Office 2008, Office 2008 Home and Student Edition, Office 2008 Special Media Edition, Word 2008, Excel 2008, PowerPoint 2008, Entourage 2008.

More info and download links here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Chuckles the Microsoft CEO” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Do you really need Microsoft Office? Give Apple’s free 30-day iWork ’08 trial a try and find out for yourself.

27 Comments

  1. “Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.2 Update contains several improvements to enhance stability and performance.”

    What does it do? Install iWork? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  2. NeoOfficeJ has been working perfectly fine for me, it’s cross-platform and donation-ware.

    Microsoft software has been plagued with security issues on the Mac platform for years, trying to get us into the famous Microsoft “Stockholm Syndrome Effect” where they promise it will get better tomorrow and then tell you the same thing the next day.

    Live a happier life, free from stress and frustration, avoid Microsoft products totally. Learn how to non-M$ products and save files in cross-platform/cross OS/app formats.

  3. What to do if you were Adobe and MSFT? They know developing software for the Mac is a sure bet so long as Windows dominate the desktop. Now Apple is grabbing markets in new areas of computing, where Adobe and MSFT aim to also compete. Their first instinct is to hold back their efforts for the Mac to freeze out OS X market, but now Apple is slowly refining their own apps better and better, doing that would leave an even bigger opening to lose Mac users forever. I would be surprised if two years from now 90% of the paid software on my Mac didn’t come from Apple or native Mac-based apps.

  4. I helped an “older” friend of mine make the switch and he just couldn’t handle iWork. He needed to share documents with other MSFT users that used Word so I bought him a copy. Did the same for my Mom and myself so I could support both of them.

    Hated doing it but to answer MDNs question, yes. There is still a need. iWork is not completely compatible. There are still issues between MSFT Word for the Mac/PC but it’s closer.

    What a freakin’ pain. I hate Microsoft.

  5. MDN take = clueless.
    Yeah, iWork is seamless with Office docs.
    Not.
    Yeah, iWork is a great Exchange client.
    Not.
    We don’t like having to use it, but most corporations will continue to use MS as their standards.
    Until then, keep updating MS.

  6. >MacDailyNews Take: Do you really need Microsoft Office? Give Apple’s free 30-day iWork ’08 trial a try and find out for yourself.

    Tried it and it overall, it sucks! Maybe in one or two more releases, it’ll be able to replace MS Office. But why switch if you’ve got something that works very well already?

    As an alternative to MS Office, try Neo Office, it’s free.

  7. maybe apple should release iWork for PC users. One of the biggest problems I have is keynotes. It is a great program but not easily shared or even viewed. Sure would be nice if they at least make a viewer like MS did with powerpoint years back. Pages and numbers are good but not as crucial.

  8. @Me In LA

    Thanks for putting that out there, I was thinking the same thing. Usually MDN is good, but that take was just plain stupid.

    Some of us are tied to Exchange for work and can’t do anything about it.

  9. Do you really need Microsoft Office? Give Apple’s free 30-day iWork ’08 trial a try and find out for yourself.

    TRANSLATION:

    Use iWork!

    Not because it’s better than Office but because it’s made by Apple and not Microsoft. You too can use the inferior office solution that may be okay for basic page layout, flyers and invitations, but not for real word processing, spreadsheets or interoperability with the rest of the world.

    Go ahead, give it a try!

    Dang the MDN Apple evangelism gets to be sickening.

  10. @Me In LA @Brian …. MDN take Do you really need Microsoft Office? …. how is this take stupid …. it was a question …. you answered yes I do need it …. end of discussion …..

  11. So I started the Microsoft AutoUpdate. Guess what — it says no update available.

    So I go to the download page. Downloaded the Office 2004 update, ran it, no problem. Then I downloaded the Office 2008 update. Says “Can’t install. No software found to update”. WTF? OK, it’s not in the Applications folder anymore. So I move it back. Still no go. Redownload. Nope. Restart. Nope. Wipe Office 2008. Reinstall Office 2008 from DVD. Now I have to do three updates. SP1 to 12.1.0 works. 12.1.1: “Can’t install. No software found to update”. WTF? I JUST DID A FRESH INSTALL INTO THE DEFAULT LOCATION (not that this should matter for a proper Mac OS X app). OK. Wipe again, reinstall again. This time as admin. Finally without a hitch, but the last leg alone took half an hour. The rest, nearly two.

    Fuck Microsoft!

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