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 that could cause any Office application to close unexpectedly
  • Alt text can now be edited for objects such as shapes, pictures, tables, charts, SmartArt and movies

Excel

  • Solver add-in is included
  • Fixes and issue where the Open option will fail when read-only is available
  • Stability is improved when a large dataset is pasted into a filtered range
  • Fixes an issue that prevents some documents from being saved when they contain comments
  • Fixes an issue with conditional formatting is applied to pivot tables
  • Fixes issues that cause incorrect page settings to be applied
  • Fixes an issue where incorrect pages were printed when specific pages are selected

Outlook

  • Adds calendar, notes and tasks syncing
  • Support for Exchange Server-side rules (Exchange 2010, SP1 required)
  • Adds Resend functionality
  • Adds Redirect functionality
  • Adds a Most Recently Used list for meeting rooms
  • Adds support for dragging folders to the Finder to create MBOX files (not listed in release notes)
  • Previews sender’s picture in message if picture included in Contacts (not listed in release notes)

PowerPoint

  • Password protection is included
  • Fixes an issue that causes print preview to not update correctly
  • Fixes an issue with slide dimensions when Save as Picture is used
  • Fixes an issue that causes narration to drop out at playback
  • Fixes an issue that causes a slide show to not automatically advance slides during Rehearse mode

Word

  • Improves stability where some file paths contain non-alphanumeric characters
  • Fixes an issue that causes spell checking error message to show repeatedly if the spelling engine does not load
  • Fixes incorrect character spacing in Draft view
  • Improves ease of use for Find and Replace
  • Fixes an issue to retain toolbars, menus and keyboard shortcuts when saving in some Word formats
  • Fixes an issue to show all pages after using Full Screen mode with a side-by-side page view
  • Fixes an issue to allow pictures to print if they are inside shapes

Users should quit all Office applications and web browsers prior to updating. This update will also be available via the Microsoft AutoUpdate application within one day. Select Check for Updates from the Help menu. It is also available for immediate download.

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