Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Version 12.0.1 Security Update for Office 2008

Microsoft today released the version 12.0.1 update for Mac Office 2008. It contains security as well as bug patches. It has repairs for every application in Office 2008. Included are fixes for:

1) "... Vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of a computer's memory by using malicious code."

2) Issues that can cause Office 2008 to stop responding or quit.

3) Over 20 bug repairs.

Needless to say, this update is 'CRITICAL'.

You can read more about it HERE and HERE.

You can download it HERE.

You can get toss Office in the dumpster and replace it with the free/donationware NeoOffice HERE. Recommended. It is a thoroughly 'Macified' version of OpenOffice for X11. It has over twenty features that the X11 version does not. It can read and write most Office files. It includes a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation program. It has built-in support for Microsoft's new 'OpenXML' document format found in Office 2007 and Office 2008. It invented the new ISO 26300 OpenDocument universal file standard. It has a new QuickLook plug-in. It has a Spotlight importer. Its HTML code export feature follows international web standards (unlike Office 2008). It can export presentations to Flash format. It still supports Visual Basic for Applications macros (unlike Office 2008). It is also compatible with WordPerfect and Microsoft Works documents. You can compare the rest of its feature set with Office HERE. And yes, it really is free and well worth supporting.


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