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Microsoft whips out Office 2008 patch for Mac lovers

Now Apple fans can Open XML files too

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Microsoft has hastily applied a fix to the Mac version of Office 2008, after the software giant introduced a glitch in the Open XML format when it released Service Pack 2 for the suite.

The company noted yesterday that the 12.2.1 patch would get rid of error messages that some Mac users were faced with when trying to open various PC-created documents in Office 2008.

Customers had reported the following error message: “Microsoft Excel cannot open the file. You may have to download the latest updates for Office for Mac. Do you want to visit the Microsoft Web site for more information?”

It had popped up when users tried to open some (though not all) OXML file formats in the Office suite after applying Service Pack 2 to the software.

Microsoft released Office 2008 Service Pack 2 in July. At the time, Redmond wheeled out its usual not-to-be-entirely-trusted promise about improving “stability, reliability, and performance.”

Sadly for some Apple fans it failed to deliver the goods. The firm will be hoping this fix draws a line under any festering trust issues Mac lovers may have - well, for now at least. ®

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