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Microsoft Releases Updates for Office 2008 and 2004

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Microsoft today released three updates targeted at users of Office for Mac primarily addressing a security issue that could be exploited using a maliciously crafted Word file.

- Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.9 (268 MB)
The Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.9 Update improves security. It includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of a computer's memory by using malicious code. In addition, this update readies Office 2008 for Mac for the installation of Microsoft Entourage 2008 for Mac Web Services Edition. It must be installed before Entourage 2008 Web Services Edition is installed.
- Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.5.5 (59 MB)
The Office 2004 for Mac 11.5.5 Update contains changes that improve security. 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.
- Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 1.0.3 (45 MB)
Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 1.0.3 includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of a computer's memory by using malicious code.
Open XML File Format Converter is used to convert files in Office 2007/2008 formats so that they can be opened, edited and saved in earlier versions of Office.

Article Link: Microsoft Releases Updates for Office 2008 and 2004
 

The ArchAngel

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Just an FYI, this came up as 154.1 MB on my MBP via Microsoft AutoUpdate when I opened Word, not 268 MB as described in the original post. I suspect maybe this is a delta update versus a complete update? Not sure, maybe someone can shed some light on that.

Downloading now, but it doesn't seem to auto-install...
 
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yoppie

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Still haven't fixed Spaces support?

How many times must it be stated that the issues with Spaces and Microsoft Office will not be fixed in MS Office 2008? The complaints on this are getting old. It happens each time there is an MS update and the answer is the same each time. They can't/are refusing to fix this in the current Office suite.
 
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PeteB

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Gah. Auto update downloaded the package, then immediately checked again for another update, downloaded it again, checked for updates again and then wouldn't find anything.

Having to download manually now.
 
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The ArchAngel

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Just an FYI, this came up as 154.1 MB on my MBP via Microsoft AutoUpdate when I opened Word, not 268 MB as described in the original post. I suspect maybe this is a delta update versus a complete update? Not sure, maybe someone can shed some light on that.

Downloading now, but it doesn't seem to auto-install...

Just an FYI to everyone, I had to manually download. AutoUpdate would just repeatedly ask me if I wanted to download the file after each seemingly complete download. Annoying...
 
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netnothing

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Seriously Microsoft? C'mon. Why can't you even get your auto update to work correctly?

Mine did the same thing.....downloaded, then did a check, and found none. Never installed anything.

Anyone have any idea where that download file it hiding?

-Kevin
 
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SoGood

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What kind of security and "performance" updates would require a 270Mb download every month or two? MSFT is being ridiculous again.
 
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Superdelphinus

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just to echo what others are saying - i had to manually download and install as well after going through the auto update loop a couple of times. where did it save those files btw?!
 
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Superdelphinus

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to be fair to MS - this is the first time the auto updater has failed for me, and it has also happened through apple's software update for ilife things for me in the past
 
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amac4me

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Just an FYI to everyone, I had to manually download. AutoUpdate would just repeatedly ask me if I wanted to download the file after each seemingly complete download. Annoying...

I also ran into problems and had to manually download and install.
 
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KingYaba

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Up the irons
Ten hour download time, huh? :p
 

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Quillz

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What kind of security and "performance" updates would require a 270Mb download every month or two? MSFT is being ridiculous again.
And yet it's completely acceptable that every time Apple releases a minor update to iTunes, you have to download the entire application, along with QuickTime, all over again and then reboot.
 
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jbgh

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How many times must it be stated that the issues with Spaces and Microsoft Office will not be fixed in MS Office 2008? The complaints on this are getting old. It happens each time there is an MS update and the answer is the same each time. They can't/are refusing to fix this in the current Office suite.

one could PROBABLY make the argument that the spaces issue is getting old too... maybe even older that the complaints?
 
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KingYaba

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And yet it's completely acceptable that every time Apple releases a minor update to iTunes, you have to download the entire application, along with QuickTime, all over again and then reboot.

That's not acceptable either...

I installed the update. No issue other than that one small annoyance where Office changes my icons back to the default '08 icon set. I like the Office '04 ones a lot more.
 
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yoppie

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one could PROBABLY make the argument that the spaces issue is getting old too... maybe even older that the complaints?

I agree that the issue should be fixed but Microsoft (Mac BU) has said they're not fixing it in Office 2008. One of the workers on Office for Mac 2008 even wrote a detailed blog post explaining why they couldn't. No need to keep getting your hopes up high for it only to be let down each update. You know it's not coming so why go there?
 
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Riemann Zeta

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Why does everyone bitch and whine and moan so much about software updates being in the 100s of MB range? I'm afraid bandwidth is pretty much expected today--no software company is going to make updates that attempt to change specific hex values in the existing app instead of just overwriting the app itself. All those complaining about a 50-200MB update (expecting a 31KB diff patch instead?) might want to ditch that old dial-and-smile 33.6kbps modem.
 
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Fafafoooey

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Anyone have problems installing? It says the a version of the software required to install this update was not found on this volume, yet I have it installed.
 
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yoppie

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Anyone have problems installing? It says the a version of the software required to install this update was not found on this volume, yet I have it installed.

Do you use Xslimmer or some other application slimmer application? If so, these apps have been known to cause problems in the past with Office updates. Not sure how to go around it other than to reinstall. Perhaps some one else will be able to help.
 
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