Microsoft offers Office 2008 fix for Open XML documents
Microsoft on Thursday posted Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.1 update, an update to its office productivity software suite for the Macintosh. The new update is available for download from Microsoft's Web site. Office also features an auto update mechanism that did not recognize this update as available as Macworld posted this article.
The update corrects a problem that prevented Office 2008 from opening some Open XML documents. Office 2008 would, under certain circumstances, display an error indicating that it couldn’t open the file, and instructed the user to download a more recent update of Office for Mac.
Microsoft indicates that the problem affected Open XML Word, Excel, PowerPoint presentation and PowerPoint show files, along with templates and macro-enabled Open XML documents and templates.
System requirements call for Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later and Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.0.
(A tip of the hat to TidBITS for its quick reporting.)