Microsoft has released the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.3.4 Update. (113 MB) Installation requires first installing the 14.1.0 (SP1) update. The update integrates the Office for Mac 2011 suite with Office 365 subscription services and addresses the following issues:
- Office – Calibri Light font isn’t installed resulting in poor display when viewing documents from Office for Windows users.
- Office – Activation screen won’t appear for subscription users when launching multiple Office for Mac applications.
- Office – Incorrect suggested names are presented when saving to SkyDrive.
- Outlook – Gmail folders beginning with a space character aren’t accepted.
- Outlook – Gmail XLIST command for Special User Mailboxes is now deprecated.
- Outlook – Messages addressed to local contact groups won’t send.
- Outlook – Searches continue running in the background after the user cancels the search.
- Outlook – Sent messages appear in the Junk E-mail folder instead of the Sent Items folder when the sending account is listed in the Blocked Senders list.
- Outlook – Wrong senders are blocked for certain kinds of accounts.
- Outlook – Won’t prompt for credentials when using Kerberos and the user’s token had expired.
- PowerPoint – Updates when co-authoring between PowerPoint Web App and PowerPoint for Mac result in conflicts.
- PowerPoint – Remote devices lose control during a slide show.
- PowerPont – Content from a PowerPoint 2013 file is lost when saving in PowerPoint 2011.
Users should quit all Office applications and web browsers prior to updating. This update is also available via the Microsoft AutoUpdate application. Select Check for Updates from the Help menu. It is also available for immediate download.
Microsoft has released the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.3.2 Update. (113 MB) Installation requires first installing the 14.3.1 update. According to the update’s description it addresses one security issue and includes multiple bug fixes.
The update addresses a vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook for Mac that could allow Internet-based images to be downloaded without the customer’s consent. This would allow the site to know the message has been received and viewed.
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Microsoft has released the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.3.6 Update. (210 MB) This one update includes all prior updates but still requires the 12.3.5 update be applied first.
Information on Microsoft’s site is confusing. This update supposedly addresses a single issue, which is a vulnerability in Outlook 2008 for Mac, which doesn’t exist. Customers should presume this instead means Entourage 2008 for Mac. The vulnerability could allow for Internet-based images to download without the customer’s consent, thus alerting the site the message has been received and viewed. Also, this may be a combo update that includes all prior updates or it may be a delta update that requires the 12.3.5 update be applied first. Microsoft’s information is conflicting.
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Microsoft has released its Lync for Mac 2011 14.0.4 update. This update appears to solidify improvements in the the 14.0.3 hotfix for specific devices and officially supports OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion).
Download the update from Microsoft’s site or select Help menu –> Check for Updates in any Office for Mac 2011 application. Administrators can capture the full download before running the installer by copying the package file from
Lync for Mac is not available to the general public. It is available to Microsoft volume license and Office 365 customers.
Outlook for Mac forum poster londonrjt posted this issue about four months ago:
I am trying to send a document I have produced as an attachment to an email. Each time I try to send the document directly from Word I get the error message: “Word was unable to mail your document. Please make sure your mail program is configured correctly and that you can send mail with it”.
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Microsoft has released the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.3.1 Update. (105.6 MB) Although this update includes prior updates since 14.1.0, installation issues require first installing the 14.2.3 update on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) systems due to GateKeeper.
According to the update’s description it addresses an issue where Office for Mac applications may report an issue with licensing although the applications continue to work. Multiple users report issues with the Office365Service process, which enforces Office 365 subscription licenses, and alerts referencing: Error Code: 0xd0001000. Microsoft’s documentation does not indicate if these specific issues are fixed by the update.
The Office365Service process appears to run only if Office for Mac is activated using an Office 365 subscription. Customers running Office for Mac where the product is activated by entering a product key should not be affected, however, they should apply this update to keep fully up-to-date.
Microsoft acquired Skype in May 2011 for $8.5 billion. At the time no one knew what Microsoft was planning since it already had its own free Windows Messenger Live system with more than twice the number of Skype users. In late 2012 Microsoft announced it would be discontinuing its Messenger service in favor of Skype and in early January 2013 it announced March 15 would be the cutoff date. The Messenger service would continue only for mainland China.
Messenger for Mac 8.0.2, released January 31, is presumably the final update for the software. Both Microsoft AutoUpdate and the installer for the 8.0.2 update clearly indicate the Messenger service is discontinuing and encourage current users to move to Skype.
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Microsoft released 14.3.0 SP3 on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. This is a free updater for Office for Mac 2011 users. This updater requires Office for Mac 2011 14.2.3 or later to be installed.
- Meeting invitation times are displayed inaccurately in Outlook for Mac Fixes an issue that causes meeting invitation times from non-Exchange calendar servers to be off by one hour during certain times of the year.
- Slides in collapsed sections cover other slides in Slide Sorter view in PowerPoint for Mac Fixes a display issue that involves collapsed sections in Slide Sorter view.
- Hash tags (#) in hyperlinks aren’t saved correctly in PowerPoint for Mac Fixes an issue in which hyperlinks that contain hash tags (#) aren’t saved correctly.
- Crash occurs when you use Paste Special with a partial table in PowerPoint for Mac Fixes an issue that causes PowerPoint to crash when you use the Paste Special option to copy and paste part of a table.
- RTF text that’s saved in PowerPoint for Windows can’t be pasted into PowerPoint for Mac Fixes an issue in which RTF text that’s saved in PowerPoint for Windows can’t be copied and pasted into PowerPoint for Mac.
This technique for de-corrupting a Microsoft Word document is known as “Doing a ‘Maggie”, after Margaret Secara from the TECHWR-L mailing list, who first publicized the technique.
MVP John McGhie suggests the following:
- Get all the tracked changes and comments out of the document, save and close,.
- Use Compare Documents at the end if you want markup.
- If the document has corrupted, removing tracked changes won’t fix it. Do a “Maggie”, which will resolve all the tracked changes. For more info on tracked changes, see Avoid Microsoft Word document corruption with a few simple techniques.
1. Create a new blank document in .docx format
2. Carefully select all of the text in the bad document EXCEPT the last
3. Copy it.
4. Paste in the new document.
5. Save under a new file name and close all, then re-open.
For help with your Microsoft Word issues, visit Microsoft Answers – Office for Mac Word Forum. and The Word MVP Site.
MVP John McGhie spends his days consulting as a Document Engineer and many of his evenings answering questions in the Microsoft Answers forums. His specialty is long and complex documents done mostly in Microsoft Word.
In one of his recent answers he stated:
It is some years since I lost a document to “corruption” in Word for Mac. Come to think of it, I have probably “never” completely lost one.
I use a few simple techniques that avoid corruption. I do very long ( greater than 5,000 pages) very complex documents in Word for a living, so I had to learn these techniques.
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