Microsoft releases Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.7 Update and Web Services Edition 13.0.7

Microsoft has released the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.7 Update. (333 MB) It has also released the Microsoft Entourage 2008 for Mac, Web Services Edition installer. (64 MB) The update requires that the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Service Pack 1 (12.1.0) or later be installed first. Download them both from Mactoptia or simply select the Check for Updates command from the Help menu in any Office 2008 application.

note If you have already upgraded to Entourage EWS version you do not need to download the EWS updater. The Microsoft AutoUpdater will automatically know to update Entourage to v 13.0.7.

Note: Some issues have been reported by users and it’s suggested at this time, to wait for the updater to be fixed. If you have upgraded and no longer see the link at the top of a message to download pictures, if you re-size the window the link will appear. If you are experiencing crashes and other issues, you will need to revert to 12.2.6. See When an update goes bad for suggestions.


According to the update’s description this update addresses a critical security vulnerability with Microsoft Word. It also adds numerous improvements for performance, reliability and stability for Entourage, Excel, PowerPoint and Word as well as an updated junk E-mail filter.

Notable improvements include:

  • Excel object type names are displayed correctly in the “Insert Object” dialog box for Word and for PowerPoint.
  • Reliability is improved when you use the Remove Office tool (no longer searches Time Machine backups)
  • Equations, Organization Charts, and other objects display correctly in Word.
  • Reliability is improved for users of non-English keyboards in Word.
  • Chart formatting options are restored in Excel.
  • Support for object selection is now included in the AppleScript dictionary in PowerPoint.
  • Stability is improved for Microsoft Sync Services in Entourage.
  • Performance is improved when you switch to the calendar in Entourage.
  • Reliability is improved when you use the Out of Office Assistant in Entourage.
  • Entourage 2008 can run at the same time as Entourage 2004.
  • PDF attachments are no longer converted to PNG format in Entourage.

This release is a cumulative patch that rolls together the following patches:

  • 12.1.1
  • 12.1.2
  • 12.1.3
  • 12.1.4
  • 12.1.5
  • 12.1.7
  • 12.1.9
  • 12.2.0
  • 12.2.1
  • 12.2.3
  • 12.2.4
  • 12.2.5
  • 12.2.6

A fresh installation of Office 2008 would require installation of:

  • Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.0.0 (from DVD)
  • Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Service Pack 1 (12.1.0)
  • Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.7 Update

Entourage users who are updating for the first time to the Web Services Edition of Entourage should install the Office for Mac 12.2.7 update first and then apply the Microsoft Entourage 2008 for Mac, Web Services Edition upgrade. Those users who are already running the Web Services Edition need only apply the 12.2.7 update.

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