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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Microsoft Releases Office 2008 12.1.5 and Office 2004 11.5.3 Updates

Microsoft has once again updated Office 2008 and 2004, this time fixing two notable security issues, improving general stability, and addressing a number of bugs. It's nice to see both continued support for Office 2004, and continued attention to providing detailed release notes.

According to Microsoft's Web site each update, "contains several improvements to enhance stability, compatibility, and performance. In addition, this update includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer's memory with malicious code."

Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.5 Update weighs in at 103.6 MB and addresses security vulnerabilities and increases stability and reliability throughout the suite of Office applications. The update also provides specific performance improvements for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Entourage. A full list of improvements is included on Microsoft's update description page.

Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.5.3 Update weighs in at 15.1 MB and addresses stability issues when opening and closing documents in Word and Excel. The update also provides updated time zone information for Entourage. Microsoft's update description page details these improvements and provides additional information about the update.

Finally, Microsoft released Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 1.0.2, which fixes security vulnerabilities in Microsoft's conversion software that enables Office 2004 and v. X to open documents saved in the Open XML format used by Office 2008. The update weighs in at 44.8 MB, and additional details on the update can be found on Microsoft's update description page.

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