Office updates address compatibility and security issues

Microsoft has released a couple of updates for Office for Mac, which fix a security vulnerability shared among all releases as well as a few bugs with the latest Office 2011 suite.

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Microsoft recently issued updates for Office versions 2004, 2008, and 2011, which address security flaws that could leave your computer vulnerable to attacks. This vulnerability is addressed in all three releases, but in addition the update for Office 2011 includes some bug fixes for errors with Word and Outlook.

The updaters can be downloaded using Microsoft's AutoUpdate utility, or can be downloaded from the following locations:

Office 2011 14.1.2 Update

Office 2008 12.3

Office 2004 11.6.4

The specifics for the Office 2011 update are that Outlook now handles time zones more reliably so "Free" or "Busy" information shows correctly for people. In addition, the update fixes a couple of situations where delegate information can be lost when managing account settings and certificates. There are also a couple of stability improvements for Microsoft Word, and a fix for wrong characters being displayed when using the Hiragana Japanese input mode.

Be sure to back up your systems before applying the updates.

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