Microsoft Office Updates Released

November 19, 2009

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Microsoft released three updates for it’s Office suite last week: Office 2004 for Mac 11.5.5 Update, Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.3 Update, & most importantly, Entourage 2008 Web Services Edition.

System Requirements:
Office 2004 11.5.6 Update: Mac OS X 10.2.8 or higher & the Office 2005 11.5.5 Update.
Office 2008 12.2.3 Update: Mac OS X 10.4.9 or higher & the Office for Mac 2008 Service Pack 1 (12.1.0).
Entourage 2008 Web Services Edition: Office 12.2.3 Update & Mac OS X 10.4.9 (client-side) as well as Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 with Service Pack 1 & the Connectivity to Update Rollup 4 or later.

The Office 2004 & 2008 updates are mostly security and stability updates with additional updates for Microsoft Document Connection included in the Office 2008 12.2.3 Update.

The Entourage 2008 for Mac Web Services Edition is a major update for Entourage/Exchange connectivity, moving Entourage to the Exchange Web Services protocol for Exchange communication. This allows for improvements in calendaring & stability, introduces the ability to sync notes, tasks, & categories, and enables diagnostic logging capabilities, among other features. Read more about the Entourage Web Services Update.

Updates can be downloaded using the Microsoft AutoUpdate Tool or via from the following links:
Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.5.5 Update
Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.3 Update
Microsoft Entourage 2008 Web Services Edition

As always, make sure to have a recent backup before running any updates. As will all Office for Mac Updates, there is no easy way to rollback an update short of removing & reinstalling the Office Suite.

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