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Office 2004 11.3.7 ships; Adobe office apps?

updated 06:15 pm EDT, Tue August 14, 2007

Office 2004 11.3.7

Microsoft's Mac Business Unit has released Office 2004 11.3.7, the latest version of its productivity suite for Mac OS X. The new version includes fixes for a vulnerability that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer's memory with malicious code. Specifically, this vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user viewed a specially crafted Web page. The vulnerability could be exploited through attacks on Object Linking and Embedding (OLE). Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights. The Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.3.6 Update must be installed on the computer before you install the Office 2004 for Mac 11.3.7 Update.

Meanwhile, Wired is speculating that Adobe may be planning a move into the office productivity suite market in a bid to dip into Microsoft's lucrative business. An article quotes Adobe group manager for platform evangelism, Mike Downey, who says "Though we have not yet announced any intentions to move into the office-productivity software market," he says, "considering we have built this platform that makes it easy to build rich applications that run on both the desktop and the browser, I certainly wouldn't rule anything like that out."

Part of what's driving the potential entry is AIR, short for Adobe Integrated Runtime. AIR (formerly known as Apollo) gives developers a way to take code written for the web browser and repurpose it for the desktop. Theoretically, Adobe could use this platform to deliver platform-agnostic, robust Office applications that would trump traditional AJAX-based apps and deliver competition for Microsoft.




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  1. MacScientist

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    old news

    Office 2004 11.3.7 was available via Microsoft Auto Update three weeks ago. However, it became available via VersionTracker.com only today.

  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    come on

    didnt macnn already report this?

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    and...

    why do they state that 11.3.7 "ships" when it's available as a download?

  1. jerryfrit

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: and...

    It "ships" for the same reason that ships still "sail."

  1. GreenMnM

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: MacScientist

    No, you're wrong. Office 2004 11.3.6 was released three weeks ago. Office 2004 11.3.7 was released on August 14th.

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    macnn finally got my....

    atteninon_

    They actually quoted a reliable source - namely Wired - about this theory of Adobe releasing an Office Suite_

    Good_ 'Cause I haven't had a chance to get my hands on a copy of iWork '08 - not that I use such things often - but any excuse not to ahve to open up Word is good_

    But across the board Adobe stream-lined functionality is even better_

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