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    Office for Mac 2008, 2011 see new updates from Microsoft

    Following the release of Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 2 earlier this month, a number of users began reporting issues with corruption of Microsoft Outlook databases. In response, Microsoft early last week acknowledged the issue, providing a workaround for those who had yet to update their Office installations and a fix for those who had already updated and were experiencing problems with Outlook.




    On Friday, Microsoft announced that it was taking an additional step and removing Office for 2011 SP2 from Microsoft AutoUpdate until the Outlook corruption is resolved. The update can, however, still be downloaded manually and installed once users follow the directions to rebuild their Outlook databases.
    Our goal is provide the simplest update experience for everyone – so we have temporarily stopped pushing out the SP2 update through Microsoft AutoUpdate while we investigate the issue. Customers are still able to obtain the SP2 update via the Microsoft Downloads site by clicking here. We encourage you to either wait for the AutoUpdate, or follow the directions in the above blog post before manually updating to ensure you don’t experience issues. We will provide an update once we have more information to share.

    Office for Mac SP2 is Microsoft's second major update to the company's flagship productivity suite for Mac. The release offers a number of security and usability improvements, with a heavy focus on Outlook, which was new in Office 2011 and replaced Entourage.

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    Office for Mac 2008, 2011 see new updates from Microsoft



    Microsoft's Office for Mac team today released software updates for both the 2011 and 2008 versions of Office for Mac. The updates are highly recommended, as they fix "extremely important" functionality issues and improve overall security. The 2011 and 2008 updates are available as free downloads from Microsoft Support.

    For the 2011 version of Office for Mac, the update, among other things, fixes an issue in which automatic configuration did not work properly with Outlook.com accounts. It also improves functionality for distribution lists and addresses an issue that caused Gmail accounts to function improperly within Outlook. Microsoft recommends that users ensure their system is running at least OS X 10.5.8 before downloading the update.

    The update for the 2008 version of Office for Mac improves security. It fixes a vulnerability that allowed attackers to overwrite the contents of a computer's memory with malicious code. Microsoft recommends that users make certain their computer is running at least Mac OS X 10.4.9 Tiger or later before downloading this update.

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    Office 2011 update fixes PowerPoint, Outlook issues on Mac



    A new update to Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac has rolled live, and it fixes several issues for PowerPoint users, as well as a calendar bug for Outlook. The full change log reads as follows:

    Meeting invitation times are displayed inaccurately in Outlook for Mac: Fixes an issue that causes meeting invitation times from non-Exchange calendar servers to be off by one hour during certain times of the year.

    Slides in collapsed sections cover other slides in Slide Sorter view in PowerPoint for Mac: Fixes a display issue that involves collapsed sections in Slide Sorter view.

    Hashtags (#) in hyperlinks aren't saved correctly in PowerPoint for Mac: Fixes an issue in which hyperlinks that contain hashtags (#) aren't saved correctly.

    Crash occurs when you use Paste Special with a partial table in PowerPoint for Mac: Fixes an issue that causes PowerPoint to crash when you use the Paste Special option to copy and paste part of a table.

    RTF text that's saved in PowerPoint for Windows can't be pasted into PowerPoint for Mac: Fixes an issue in which RTF text that's saved in PowerPoint for Windows can't be copied and pasted into PowerPoint for Mac.

    You can download the update -- which will bring Office up to version 14.3.0 -- from Microsoft's support website.


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    Microsoft: No more support for you, Office for Mac 2008



    Microsoft has reminded customers running Office for Mac 2008 that support for the suite ends next Tuesday.

    “Support for Office for Mac 2008 will end April 9, 2013,” Microsoft’s Mac Business Unit (MacBU), the firm’s OS X development arm, said in a post on the team’s blog Friday.

    According to the company’s support lifecycle site, all versions of the 2008 suite will be retired next week. Office for Mac 2008 launched Jan. 15, 2008, or about five years and three months ago.

    The MacBU’s note was yet another reminder that Microsoft shortchanges customers running OS X. Microsoft supports the Windows versions of Office, even those that target consumers, for 10 years, or twice as long as it does Office for the Mac.

    Office Home and Student 2007, for example, which launched in late January 2007, a full year before Office for Mac 2008 appeared, will be supported until October 2017, more than four years from now. The older Office Student and Teacher 2003 retires down the road, too, in April 2014, alongside Windows XP.

    Even the Mac suite that’s clearly business-oriented, Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition, loses support in a few days.

    Office for Mac 2008 will not suddenly stop working next week; it will launch and let users create, edit and print documents. But it will not be served with security updates after April 8.

    For some reason, Microsoft considers all editions of Office for Windows as business products, no matter that some – like Home and Student – cannot be used for commercial purposes. At the same time it categorises all editions of Office on OS X as consumer products.

    That’s clear from Microsoft’s policies. On its support lifecycle FAQ, Microsoft explains support for business and consumer software.

    “Microsoft will offer a minimum of 10 years of support for Business and Developer products,” the company says. For consumer software, meanwhile, it states: “Microsoft will offer Mainstream Support for either a minimum of 5 years from the date of a product’s general availability, or for 2 years after the successor product (N+1) is released, whichever is longer.”

    The speedy retirement of Office for Mac 2008 is not new: Users faced the same five-year support lifespan for Office for Mac 2004, which was shut down in January 2012.

    Admittedly, that was more over two years later than the original deadline. But Microsoft’s last-minute reprieve of Office for Mac 2004 was a one-time deal, as the MacBU made plain at the time. “This extension does not change the five-year support policy for other Office for Mac products, including future versions,” a senior product manager said then.

    Microsoft extended support for Office for Mac 2004 to allow its users, many of whom relied on Visual Basic-based macros, time to migrate to the impending Office for Mac 2011, which launched in October 2010. Office for Mac 2008 dropped support for Visual Basic macros, but that support was restored in Office for Mac 2011.


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    Microsoft brings Office 365 support to Office for Mac 2011 in software update



    Microsoft on Tuesday updated Office for Mac 2011, the long-in-the-tooth productivity suite tailored to machines running Apple's OS X, with bug fixes, features and compatibility with the Office 365 subscription service.

    The latest Office for Mac 2011 version 14.3.4 includes a variety of feature additions that brings the application suite somewhat up to spec with its Windows counterpart, and includes bug fixes for compatibility issues that hindered interoperability between PC and Mac versions of Word, Outlook and other titles.

    Perhaps most important is the ability for existing Office for Mac 2011 users to integrate with Office 365, a subscription service that offers users access to the latest Office software updates, as well as SkyDrive cloud storage and SharePoint access for Word.

    Fixes included in the new version:
    Coauthoring session with Microsoft PowerPoint Web App and Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
    After token expires, does not prompt for credentials in Microsoft Outlook for Mac
    Calibri Light font not included in Office for Mac
    SetupUI is shown to user on start after Office for Mac is already activated
    Saving files to SkyDrive and SharePoint in Microsoft Word for Mac
    Folder contains excess white space: Error 1025 in Outlook for Mac
    XLIST command that is used by Gmail is deprecated in Outlook for Mac
    Local group mail cannot be sent in Outlook for Mac
    Remote devices lose control while in Presentation Mode in Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
    File format extension support in PowerPoint for Mac
    Searching continues after user cancels in Outlook for Mac
    Items go into Junk Mail in Outlook for Mac
    Blocked Senders List under Junk Email Protection in Outlook for Mac

    In a recent change to its pricing policies, Microsoft placed Office 2011 for Mac in the same tier as its more current PC counterpart Office 2013 for Windows. At the time, it was thought that the Redmond, Wash., company was pushing Mac users toward an Office 365 subscription due to the deprecation of multi-license bundles.

    With Tuesday's update, Office 2011 users can sign up for Microsoft Office 365 if they so choose. Subscription to the Home Premium edition costs $99.99 per year, or $9.99 per month, and grants the use of Office on up to five computers.

    In order to take advantage of the newest Office for Mac 2011 version, existing owners must have version 14.1.0 or higher installed on a machine running OS X 10.5.8 or later, while Office 365 requires an Intel Mac and OS X 10.6 or higher. The download is available through Auto Update or Microsoft's website.


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    Deleting stubborn Outlook messages



    I use Microsoft Outlook 2011 and I have a message in my Inbox that I can’t delete. I’ve tried the Delete command and moving it to a new mailbox, but it won’t budge. What should I do?

    I’ve had similarly intractable messages and, like you, I’ve found no solution within Outlook. However, after turning to the web I found a solution from one talkingmoose on GitHub that did the trick. It involves AppleScript, but it’s easily done.

    Copy this script:

    tell application "Microsoft Outlook"

    set theMessages to the selection

    permanently delete theMessages

    end tell


    The formatted script in AppleScript Editor.



    Launch AppleScript Editor (found in /Applications/Utilities) and paste the script above into a new editor window. Move to Outlook and select the problem message (or more than one if there are multiple messages on strike). Flip back to AppleScript Editor and click on the Run button. The selected messages will be deleted.


    6-5-13

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