Microsoft Updates Office for Mac 2011 for Security, More

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Microsoft released a patch for Office for Mac 2011 titled, “Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.0.1 Update,” The patch that includes security updates and bug fixes for all the major components of the suite.

Microsoft’s patch notes:

Improvements for all Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 applications

  • Office for Mac includes forms-based authentication

    This update includes forms-based authentication in Office for Mac for connecting to Microsoft Office SharePoint Servers. Forms-based authentication transmits user credentials through HTML forms that users complete. A token that contains the user credentials for the server is stored as a cookie in Office for Mac. The cookie can also be stored in the system Keychain and Safari’s cookie store if the user selects Remember Password or a similar option in the HTML form.

  • Images that are copied from an Office for Mac application back to ChemDraw can be edited

    This update fixes an issue that causes Office for Mac applications to lock images after they are copied back from an Office application to ChemDraw, a molecule editor.

Improvements for Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011

  • Stability is improved

    This update fixes an issue that causes Excel to crash or close unexpectedly sometimes when a macro is enabled.

  • Excel-calculated cells are updated when revisions are made to related data

    This update fixes an issue that sometimes causes Excel-calculated cells not to update automatically after a change is made to related data until the pointer is positioned on the calculated cell.

  • Reliability is improved when the FORMAT macro command is used

    This update fixes an issue that causes Excel to produce incorrect results when the FORMAT macro command is used.

Improvements for Microsoft Word for Mac 2011

  • Stability is improved when you build equations

    This update fixes an issue that causes Word to crash or close unexpectedly sometimes when you build an equation. The issue specifically occurs when the user clicks the Convert selection to professional or Convert selection to linear buttons on the Equation Tools tab to format the equation into a one-dimensional form for easy editing or a two-dimensional form for professional display.

Improvements for Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2011

  • Stability is improved during slide shows

    This update fixes issues that cause PowerPoint to crash or close unexpectedly sometimes during a slide show.

  • Compatibility with PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010 is improved

    This update fixes issues that cause numbered lists in PowerPoint 2007 and in PowerPoint 2010 not to be displayed correctly when the presentation is viewed in PowerPoint for Mac 2011.

Improvements for Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011

  • Reliability is improved when you delete messages from multiple IMAP accounts

    This update fixes an issue that causes Outlook to delete only one message even after you select and delete multiple messages from different IMAP accounts in the unified inbox.

  • Sync Services stops when you install a new update

    This update fixes an issue that forces you to exit the Sync Services Agent manually, if it is enabled, before you install a new update.

  • Email passwords are retained in the keychain after new accounts are imported into Outlook

    This update fixes an issue that causes Outlook to delete passwords from the keychain when new email accounts are imported into Outlook.

  • Mailing list records are retained after a database rebuild

    This update fixes an issue that causes Outlook to delete all mailing list rules after a database rebuild.

  • Reliability improved when importing Office 2008 identities into Office 2011

    This update fixes an issue that causes Outlook to end the import process when Outlook imports identities that have a category called Untitled.

The patch can be downloaded from Microsoft’s site, or through the Microsoft update utility included in your Office installation.

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