How can Microsoft make Office for Mac ‘administrator friendly’?

Software developers need to make their software “administrator friendly” because we are their first line of defense when supporting their products. If we can resolve a user’s problem then that’s one less problem the developer needs to resolve. Following is an open letter to Microsoft on behalf of administrators like myself requesting what we need in the next version of Microsoft Office for Mac.

Whom and what do I support?

I manage around 200 Macs . . .

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Microsoft updates AppleScript dictionary for Outlook 2011 SP1

Yesterday, Microsoft released the Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac SP1 (14.1.0) Update. Outlook garnered a fair number of bug fixes and new features, some of which had been missing since Entourage. Under the hood it received a healthy dose of new commands, classes and properties in its AppleScript dictionary as well.

Compared to Excel, PowerPoint and Word, the amount of additional AppleScript support added with the 14.1.0 update is more than ten-fold their combined total, . . .

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Microsoft releases Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.9 Update and Web Services Edition 13.0.9

Microsoft has released the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.9 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.

According to the update’s description this update improves stability and addresses vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to execute malicious code.

This release is a cumulative . . .

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Microsoft releases Office 2004 for Mac 11.6.3 Update

Microsoft has released the Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.6.3 Update. (23 MB) This patch requires the following previous updates be installed first:

Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.6.2 Update Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.6.1 Update Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.6.0 Update

According to the update’s description this release addresses vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to implement malicious code.

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Microsoft releases Office 2011 for Mac SP1 (14.1.0) Update

Microsoft has released the Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac SP1 (14.1.0) Update. (246 MB)

According to the update’s description this update adds functionality and improves security, stability, reliability and performance.

The first security issue addressed (MS11-021) corrects nine reported remote code execution vulnerabilities. The second security issue addressed (MS11-022) corrects remote code execution vulnerabilities specific to PowerPoint. Neither bulletin states whether or not Macs are vulnerable to these attacks.

All applications

Fixes an issue . . .

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