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Microsoft releases Office 2011 SP2 for OS X

The update mainly focuses on Outlook, but also covers some features of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Microsoft announced on its Office for Mac Blog today that it has made its Service Pack 2 for Office for Mac 2011 available for download. This update addresses a number of problems users have been having with Outlook, but also fixes some aspects of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

The update is available via Microsoft's included Autoupdate utility, but can also be downloaded from Microsoft's Web site. The update is about 110MB in size, and after installing the version of your Office installation will be 14.2.0.

With the release of Office 2011 Microsoft replaced its old Entourage e-mail client for OS X with a whole new program that brings many of the same features of Outlook for Windows to OS X. However, because it is a new program, Microsoft has received extensive feedback on desired features and bugs that it has been addressing.

Office 2011 SP2 Update
You can download the update from Microsoft's Web site or the AutoUpdate utility. Screenshot by Topher Kessler/CNET

This latest update fixes a number of these, including the following:

  • Sync performance with Exchange server
  • Performance improvements while deleting multiple items
  • Displaying e-mail message content, and sending e-mail
  • Improved in IMAP account sync and database rebuild utility performance

In addition to these fixes, the program has been enhanced to support the following new capabilities:

  • Scheduling resources in the calendar
  • Distribution list expansion
  • Day number display in the calendar

As for the remaining Office programs, Microsoft has updated them to better utilize Lion's full-screen view, and has improved the grammar and spelling checks for some languages. In addition, Microsoft has improved the integration of its SkyDrive online collaboration and storage feature.

The full list of updated features and bug fixes is available at this Microsoft knowledge-base article.

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