Microsoft Rolls Out More Secure Office 2004 for Mac

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2004-10-12 Print this article Print

The first service pack for Microsoft Office 2004 for the Mac, available now, addresses security issues and bugs in the office suite.

Macintosh users running Microsoft Office 2004 for the Mac will be able to download the first service pack for that product via AutoUpdate on Tuesday. The service pack addresses potential security issues and bugs. SP1 for Microsoft Office 2004 for the Mac is a cumulative set of security and critical updates that have been tested, along with fixes for problems found by Microsoft Corp. or through data provided by customers and through customer support calls. Customers will be notified of the service pack Tuesday and can download Office 2004 for Mac SP1 via Microsoft AutoUpdate or from here. Office X and 2001 users will also be able to download new security updates and bug fixes specific to their product versions from that site, the Macintosh Business Unit (Mac BU) at Microsoft said late Monday.
Microsoft shipped Office 2004 for Mac this May. It is the second Mac OS X-native Office version, following the release of Office v. X for Mac in 2001.
PC Magazine says Office 2004 for Mac is a must-have upgrade. Find out why here. The suite includes Word 2004 for word processing; Excel 2004 for spreadsheets; PowerPoint 2004 for presentations; Entourage 2004 for e-mail, contacts and calendaring; and MSN Messenger Version 4.0 for instant messaging. However, an e-mail client that fully integrates with the Microsoft Exchange server is still missing, and while Microsoft officials have said that Exchange integration is a priority, they have not said when it will happen. Microsoft stopped developing its Outlook client for Mac with Outlook 2001. Scott Erickson, group product manager for the Mac BU at Microsoft, said in a statement released late Monday that customers who use Office for Mac every day "are a valuable resource because they put the product to the test in real-life scenarios that expand on our experiences in the lab." For insights on the Mac in the enterprise, check out Executive Editor Matthew Rothenbergs Weblog. "We strive to deliver the best possible product experience through extensive testing and by gathering customer feedback. This helps us determine issues to address within a service pack and prioritize which improvements will make the most difference," he said. Other products from the Macintosh BU include MSN Messenger for Mac Version 4.0; Virtual PC for Mac Version 7; and Internet Explorer 5.2 for Mac. Check out eWEEK.coms Macintosh Center for the latest news, reviews and analysis about Apple in the enterprise.

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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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