Microsoft whips out Office 2008 patch for Mac lovers
Now Apple fans can Open XML files too
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. ®
@ iwork FTW (...just)!
For someone who favours iWorks you could at least get the name of the apps correct, the presentation software is called Keynote, the spreadsheet is Numbers.
Windows Office users can open and edit Docx files in older versions with the compatibility pack. Apple users don't need Microsoft to make them smug most of them are smug gits already, at least the vocal ones.
Office 2008 for Mac is plain atrocious.
I had a presentation sent to me by work, which had been made on a windows version of office. When opening it in Office 2008 for Mac, the Layout and formatting were obviously wrong (I had already seen it running on a windows machine).
I then opened the same presentation in iWork and Open Office and it displayed perfectly.
So, non-Microsoft Office programs can open Microsoft Office created documents better.
Try it yourself. Create a simple document in Office 2008 for Mac, then open it in Office for Windows and vice versa.
The vast majority of the time they will not display the same. That is unforgivable, particularly when iWork and Open Office get it right.
Straightforward non processor hogging, no bloat & a pleasure to use & dosnt piss me off on a regular basis.
As for Orifice, the 2000/2003 versions much better, what makes me laugh is the PC users who dont have Microsofts latest bulge & cant open docx files (without a viewer), where as my Mac reads them fine & offers a selection to load the format
I just cant think of any reason why MS dreamt up this broken xml format other than to make Mac users look & feel smug.
The term Richard Cranium or Dickheads springs to mind.