Office 2008 update improves security, stability

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Microsoft on Tuesday announced the release of Office 2008 for Mac 12.0.1, an update to its office software suite for Mac OS X. The update is available for download from Microsoft's Web site or using the Microsoft AutoUpdate application.

Overall, Microsoft documents improved security in this release that fixes vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to over the contents of your computer's memory with malicious code. Microsoft also noted that the Office Installer no longer grants restricted users unauthorized access to Office 2008 for Mac program files.

Microsoft has documented a significant number of fixes in the specific applications included with Microsoft Office 2008, as well. Stability has been improved in Word and Excel, fixing issues that could cause either application to quit unexpectedly. Performance has been improved when opening PowerPoint, and has addressed problems with Entourage data synchronization.

Entourage reliability has also been improved when connection to IBM Lotus Domino and Microsoft Exchange servers, and Entourage's stability has been improved when you use the Database Utility to rebuild a large identity database.

Other improvements to Powerpoint include saving to an SMB volume and character spacing and layout. Excel gains improved support for secondary displays, better reliability for ledger shields, improved reliability for copying and pasting linked data and charts and more. And Word improves citation deletion and font substitution, no longer prints blank packages when printing to a high resolution printer, and a bug fix for opening documents that contain Word 2007 for Windows equations.

A complete list of changes is available from Microsoft's Web site.

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