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MacBU updates Office 2004, Messenger

updated 05:35 pm EDT, Tue October 10, 2006

Office, Messenger updates

Microsoft's Mac Business Unit (MacBU) today released updates to Office 2004 as well as Messenger for Mac, bringing enhanced security and stability. Macworld reports that The 11.3.0 update for Office 2004 for Mac contains fixes for vulnerabilities that could allow an attacker to overwrite the contents of a vulnerable Mac's memory with malicious code. The Messenger 6.0.1 update fixes a sign-in issue. The updates are freely available via download from Microsoft's Mac business site. Microsoft earlier today also confirmed a previous report claiming that it doesn't expect to ship Mac Office 2007 until the second half of 2007, saying that the next version of its flagship office suite will bring an enhanced look and feel to match Mac OS X's interface evolution, as well as native support for Intel-based Macs as a Universal Binary.

by MacNN Staff



  1. mprogers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Microsoft vs. Wolfram

    How is it that, when Apple first described the transition to universal apps, Wolfram was able to port Mathematica in a couple of hours, and yet even now both Adobe and Microsoft don't have universal versions of their apps?

    Inquiring minds want to know.


  1. davidlfoster

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How much for the upgrade?

    Just about a poll?

    How much should Microsoft get for "enhanced look and feel" and becoming Intel native?

    I'm sure they will want hundreds of dollars, but I would set the worth of this transformation at around $60. I might have paid $99 for an upgrade this year, but I figure that by late 2007 it would be a stretch for me to even pay out $60. I will simply have found alternatives by then and no look and feel that costs hundreds of dollars is going to be attractive enough to justify that type of expenditure. It will take 'oh my god, look at that' absolutely incredible NEW FUNCTIONALITY to justify upgrading. Are you listening Mac BU?

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Very fascinating!

    The Office / Apple story is at this point very fascinating. Office is, as we all know, the single most important app suite on the Mac. Without Office, it is no exagerration that there would BE NO Macintosh. This is the thickest thread that connects Mac users with the rest of the (Windows) world. the importance of its existence cannot be overstated.

    One would therefore think that an announcement that a native version for Intel Macs would come more than two years after they were announced, and more than year and a half after first of them were rolled out, would put a serious dent in Mac sales. And, amazingly enough, that ain't the case. Macs are selling very well (thanks especially to Mac Books) and there seems to be no consequence from this extreme delay.

    The conclusion is that Apple executed the Rosetta PR perfectly. Users are happilly running Office 2004 on their Intel Macs, regardless of (noticeably) slow performance.

    I'm curious if the new UB Office will actually be any faster. Knowing Microsoft, this version will contain much more bloat that the previous one. It will be written for the then available hardware, which might be quite faster than what first came out nine months ago. It just might happen that Office 2004, running on Rosetta, won't be all that much slower than native Office 200x (7? 8?). On another note, it is possible that the same may be true for Adobe's CS suite next year.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    mprogers... why

    > Inquiring minds want to know

    Almost every other developer used Apple's XCode developmnet environment, which allowed them to crank out a UB version of their code, by simply ugrading to the new XCode, clicking the 'intel' box, and performing a few tweaks.

    Microsoft's MacBU (of course) insisted on using their own development enviroment, and ended up looking the fools for it. Now they are scrambling like crazy, but in typical Microsoft fashio, are behind schedule and getting late and later... Sad, since most of these guys *used* to be very good programmers and used to produce great and innovative products for the Mac - this should be an object lesson what working for Microsoft does to people.

    The same applies (no use of XCode to Adobe, as well as companies like Sorenson (The later of which appears to have no intention at a UB version of Squeeze, but has become irrelevant ayway)

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