Office for Mac 2011 14.5.0 fixes security bugs, but also opens an Outlook bug

“Microsoft has released Office for Mac 2011 version 14.5.0 with patches for a remote code execution vulnerability that exists in Microsoft Office software when it fails to properly handle objects in memory,” Derek Erwin blogs for Intego. “The software update is available for Mac OS X version 10.5.8 or a later version of Mac OS X.”

“The Office for Mac 2011 update applies to the following Microsoft software: Office for Mac 2011, Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011, Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2011, and Microsoft Word for Mac 2011,” Erwin blogs. “However, before updating, Mac users should beware, it comes to you as a double-edged sword: while Office for Mac 2011 14.5.0 fixes security bugs, it also opens an Outlook bug.”

“There have been reports of a bug in it that can ‘render the Outlook email software useless,'” Erwin blogs. “According to discussions among the Apple community, upon updating your Microsoft software, ‘the main [Outlook] email window is missing and emails cannot be sent/received.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft. Situation Normal, AFU.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “WriterGuy” for the heads up.]


  1. I’ve used Office For The Mac since the late ’90s and to this day Excel remains the best spreadsheet program for the Mac, and Word is the most fully featured and intuitive word processing program for the Mac.

    I dislike Powerpoint but the latest version of Keynote does not impress.

    If Apple did a better job with Mail, then perhaps Apple users could ignore Outlook. But as it is, several mail applications (Outlook, Thunderbird, etc) seem to be more responsive and more intuitive than Apple’s current version of Mail.

    I fully expect to be declared a “troll” by some inconsiderate fanboy punk, but that’s tough. If MDN thinks that OFTM is SNAFU, then it should open its eyes to see what a clusterfuck that iWork is these days. Apple is just using every trick in the book to get its Mac users to subscribe to iCloud server space. That’s just as pathetic as Adobe rentalware and MS’s curent desperate Office 365 stupidity. Productivity users want reliable software that they can own and use without being online 100% of the time.

    1. Couldn’t agree more. Compared to Outlook, Mail is bear skins and stone knives. You’d be declared an idiot if you proposed using Mail in a corporate environment. Mail lacks many features needed to succeed in the enterprise environment. I’m an Apple fanboy, I’m also a realist. Microsoft actually does do some things better than Apple.

      1. Nice reference, Macxperts. But the line is “stone knives and bearskins.”

        For those whose formative years didn’t include the late 1960s, the line is from Star Trek’s “City on the Edge of Forever” by Harlan Ellison. Great hour of television.

        1. When making a critical comment, it’s safest to refrain from characterizing yourself as some kind of fan. It will be taken the opposite way by the real fans.

          Apple fanboys may be idiots, but on the whole most of them are not so stupid as to label themselves as fanboys.

  2. Mike said “Productivity users want reliable software that they can own and use without being online 100% of the time.”

    Exactly. However Microsoft Office itself doesn’t fall into that category either. Outlook has never functioned as one would expect; there’s always some compatibility issues between the Mac and Win versions.

    I have had less grief and hair-pulling with Apple’s products than I have with Microsoft. Sure Apple does some stupid things but at least they are trying to make it better. Microsoft is just trying to hang on to their customer base as they become more irrelevant in the world.

    1. I wish Apple was trying harder to make iWorks and iLife better. As it is now both products have a long way to go.

      Apple needs to read the users reviews on the App Store more carefully.

  3. If you need to fix, otherwise delete the bits and install 14.4.9 and wait for 14.5.1.

    1. Open Terminal
    2. Type defaults delete (to delete the old preferences).
    3. killall cfprefsd (to kill the cached prefs)
    4. Launch Outlook

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