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Microsoft Announces SP1 for Office 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 8:12 AM EST
Posted by: Brian

Microsoft today announced the release of Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Office 2008 for Mac. According to the company, this update contains several improvements to enhance security, stability, and overall performance, including fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer's memory with malicious code. Users also will find application-specific updates, including the following:

Microsoft Office Excel

  Compatibility. Improved compatibility with files exchanged between Excel 2008 for Mac and Excel 2003 and Excel 2007 for Windows

  Custom Error Bars. Restored formatting option on the Error Bars panel for data series

  Printing. More reliable printing for elements on Excel 2008 workbooks

Microsoft Entourage

  Calendar. Significant enhancements to improve calendar view and all-day reminders with reoccurrence

  Exchange Server support. Overall improvement to synchronization support, including removing attachments from Exchange Server messages and synchronizing to the server, as well as support for editing the contents of Exchange Server messages via AppleScript and synchronizing the changes to the server

  E-mail images. Ability to send and view images in Entourage from third-party tools

Microsoft Office Word

  Printing. Improved accuracy when orienting tables with cell shading

  Document map. Improved reliability and responsiveness to select items

  Notebook layout. Updated formatting, recording status and a variety of display options

Microsoft Office PowerPoint

  Printing. Improvements to eliminate crashing when printing documents to high-dpi printers and increased overall printing speed by 10 times on some large presentations

  Mobile viewing. Ability to view Mac .PPTX files on Windows Mobile phones

  AppleScript. Ability to use the PowerPoint selection object in AppleScript to implement custom scripts that operate on the current selection in PowerPoint

Office 2008 for Mac SP1 will be available as a download from Microsoft's Web site or via Microsoft Auto Update later today. Microsoft also announced today that it's bringing VBA-language support back to the next version of Office for Mac.



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