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Microsoft issues update for Office 2008 for Mac

updated 05:15 pm EDT, Tue March 11, 2008

Office 2008 12.0.1

Microsoft has released Office 2008 12.0.1 for Mac OS X, a new update to the productivity suite that fixes vulnerabilities in Office 2008 that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer's memory with malicious code. The new release also fixes an issue that could give a local user who does not have administrator permissions access Office 2008 program files. This issue occurs when the non-administrative user account was assigned User ID (uid) 502. This issue affects only computers that have more than one local user account, and primarily affects environments, such as public computer labs and workplace networks, where access to program files is restricted.

With regard to individual applications, this update fixes an issue that causes Word 2008 to quit unexpectedly when you try to start it. The issue occurs when Word 2008 tries to import settings from earlier versions of Word that might have been installed on your computer. Also resolved is an issue that could cause Word 2008 to quit unexpectedly when you check spelling and grammar. This includes an issue that occurs when a user who does not have administrator permissions tries to check grammar in Italian or tries to use an Italian keyboard.

Office 2008 12.0.1 also fixes several issues that cause Excel 2008 to quit unexpectedly. Additionally, this update improves overall stability during regular use such as copying and pasting data. It also eliminates and issue where a copied range of data in Excel 2008 to paste incorrectly into a Word 2008 document when you link the pasted data to the source data. This update also fixes an issue that occurs when a chart is copied from Excel into a Word document or into a PowerPoint presentation. The issue prevents the chart from updating when its source data changes.

Performance is improved when you open PowerPoint 2008, and the update fixes an issue for users of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard that causes problems and potential data loss when you save a PowerPoint Presentation to a network volume that uses the SMB protocol.

Finally, this update fixes an issue for users of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard that prevents notification sounds such as New mail sound and Send mail sound from playing when you use Entourage 2008.

The new release is available as a free download from Microsoft's site.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969



    the first of one trillion updates to this PoS M$ junker. seems like there still having the same issues that office 2004 still has.

  1. Kees

    Joined: Dec 1969



    they managed to make Entourage start-up even slower now. And it still tells me a perfectly safe .dmg file is an unsafe attachment and plain refuses to let me download it. Microsoft's proposed solution is equally ridiculous: Ask the sender to zip the file and sent it again. I always liked Entourage 2004 better than Apple's mail and other options, but this new version has me looking for alternatives.

  1. dimmer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    MS AutoUpdate doesn't report this as being available. Guess that'll come in time?

  1. Stuke

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Where's the beef?

    Again, bugs that should have been fleshed-out after FOUR (4) YEARS of development are addressed; but, no substance...none of the things everyone is talking about or requesting TO HAVE BACK (relative to Office 2004 for the Mac), you know, VBA, etc..

  1. robttwo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    hey kids

    Its Office 2008 12beta2!!!


  1. Meovv

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Running the latest MS Office for Mac on a brand new MacBook Pro with plenty of hard drive space and 2GB of RAM. And it's as slow as pouring honey taken right out of the fridge. I am so happy I made the switch to Mail + Address Book + iCal from Entourage. And Numbers instead of ugly Excel!

  1. dmsimmer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Download here. no..

    I had to click to download.

    And then I had to click to download.

    And then I had to click to start the download.

    That was after I decided to see if the new version of QuickLightning would be able to find it for me. It couldn't.

  1. JonathanBadeen

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I can't be the only one not complaining so here we go. I went to the Apple store jumped on one of the new MB Pro's w/ 512GB of VRAM, etc... and Word opened significantly slower than Photoshop. Word opening slower than Pages seems acceptable to me since Word is more robust (I still use Pages) but a word processor should never take longer to load than Photoshop. I really don't understand what MS was doing all this time before releasing a Universal version.

  1. makesense

    Joined: Dec 1969


    here we go again

    version after version of Office, mac users who vow that anyone who purchases Office is an idiot or worse buy it again, and again, and then vow again that buyers are idiots and predict again and again Microsoft's demise. love to hate rules. smart folks would stop the hate cycle. or, is it an addiction?

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I am not a big M$ fan, but I run office on a Macbook Pro (2GB) and a single proc G5 (6GB). Both run fine. I like some of the new productivity features and layout. Have not had it crash on me (running it for about three weeks now).

    Entourage is running fine with over 10,000 imported mails from prior version. Searching through mails is much faster.

    I do find myself using the Mac equivalents (Pages, Numbers, Keynote) more and more, however.

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