Microsoft updates Mac Office 2008
Microsoft today released the latest in its ongoing series of updates to Office 2008 for Mac.
According to Microsoft, fixer-upper 12.1.5 "contains several changes that improve security, stability, reliability, and performance. Additionally, this update includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of a computer's memory by using malicious code."
The security updates in 12.1.5 are rated "Important" - although the same updates to Microsoft Office Word 2000 and Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 are rated "Critical". The updates to both Windows and Mac versions of Office patch vulnerabilities that "could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Word or Rich Text Format (RTF) file," with the possible outcome of that nasty code taking "complete control of an affected system." Not good.
Direct from Redmond's Department of Tautology comes the description of stability improvements, which fix "an issue that causes Office 2008 applications to close unexpectedly when you open or use Office 2008 applications."
Microsoft also claims improved "performance in Excel and in PowerPoint when documents from a network share or from a shared folder on a virtual machine appear in the recently used files list;" plus improvements in Word 97-2004 formatting; tweaks to a slew of Excel functions, PivotTable sorts, and image placement; and - wait for it! - updated time zone information in Entourage.
All-in-all, 12.1.5 seems to be a worthy update - especially if you're an avid Excel user or if you'd prefer that some miscreant not "take complete control" of your Mac.
To take advantage of all this upgradey goodness, download the 103.6MB update here. Alternatively, you should be able to simply choose Check for Updates from any Office 2008 for Mac application's Help menu, but this option didn't yet work for us at 3:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
How on earth are they still finding security issues with the code that parses RTFs? Surely this code is (a) simple enough and (b) mature enough that they shouldn't be having to patch it anymore...
Oops, forgot updates 12.0.1 and 12.1.0
We purchased Office for our school and I was very amused to download the install software and the same day have to install the following patches: 12.0.1, 12.1.0, then 12.1.1. Fun. Just under half a gig of patches.
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I had a go with codeweavers crossover, it looks quite good & runs all of Office 2000 & 2003 apart from Access 2003 which did not run at the time, but they may fix eventually.
I cant see the point of the latest version of Office as everything by Microsoft seems to have problems somewhere & be ten times bigger than the last version.
I have Office 2000 for my PC & cant see any reason to change!