Office 2008 for Mac SP2 improves speed and stability

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in Mac Software edited January 2014
Microsoft is set to release its second service pack for Office 2008 on Mac, bringing improved stability, speed, and new features, such as increased connectivity with the Web-based Office Live Workspace.



In a statement issued Monday, Microsoft said the Office 2008 for Mac Service Pack 2 focused on three specific areas: speed, stability and compatibility.



The Redmond, Wash., company said a recent study indicated that the top use of Office for Mac is sharing documents. To that end, the Document Connection feature allows users to save and open Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on Microsoft Office Live Workspace. The service also includes expanded browser support on the Mac for Safari 4.



The update was released Monday on Microsoft's Office 2008 for Mac Web site.



"There's never been a better time to try Office 2008 for Mac -- with SP2 we are not only delivering on top customer requests midcycle, but also taking a first step in bringing Microsoft software plus services to Mac users," said Mike Tedesco, senior product manager for the Mac Business Unit at Microsoft. "This connection unlocks the door for Mac users to Microsoft services for easier collaboration and file sharing with colleagues, customers and classmates."



The update also improves SharePoint, which allows users to collaborate on documents. SP2 simplifies how users browse, access and manage files, both online and offline.



SP2 also features increased launch speed and quicker scroll response times in Word 2008, and faster calculation performance in Excel 2008.



Two "highly requested features" for PowerPoint 2008 have also been added: Custom path animation and default theme.



"SP2 delivers highly requested features throughout the suite as well as a new tool, Document Connection for Mac, that helps improve access and browsing to documents on SharePoint Products and Technologies and Microsoft Office Live Workspace," the Microsoft press release states. "These new improvements and features are part of Microsoft's long-standing investment in delivering excellent cross-platform collaboration and compatibility for Mac users, and the commitment has paid off."



Originally released in January of 2008, Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac saw its first service pack released only a few months after its launch.
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  • Reply 1 of 51
    tpf1952tpf1952 Posts: 61member
    Probably not, but improved scrolling would be nice. Anything to make Office a little snappier.
  • Reply 2 of 51
    xxiixxii Posts: 2member
    How about having the Spaces bug fixed? It is downright annoying that things are not always where they are assigned.
  • Reply 3 of 51
    godriflegodrifle Posts: 267member
    "SP2 also features increased launch and scroll times in Word 2008"



    I hope not.
  • Reply 4 of 51
    "top use of Office for Mac is sharing documents."

    TRUE as all documents are shared. I mean, who writes just for themselves?



    "To that end, the Document Connection feature allows users to save and open Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on Microsoft Office Live Workspace."

    Why would I want to do that?

    Share means to email the Word doc to a co-worker or customer.

    Who (besides Microsoft) gives a damn about Office Live Workspace?
  • Reply 5 of 51
    I'm still sticking with iWork. When I share documents with others, I send PDFs.
  • Reply 6 of 51
    aduzikaduzik Posts: 94member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by davebarnes View Post


    "top use of Office for Mac is sharing documents."

    TRUE as all documents are shared. I mean, who writes just for themselves?



    "To that end, the Document Connection feature allows users to save and open Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on Microsoft Office Live Workspace."

    Why would I want to do that?

    Share means to email the Word doc to a co-worker or customer.

    Who (besides Microsoft) gives a damn about Office Live Workspace?



    I do. The Document Connection feature makes Office 2008 compatible with SharePoint, and a huge (and increasing) number of companies are using SharePoint to collaborate. Before today, it was embarassing to have to tell our Mac-heavy clients that, instead of the nice, integrated SharePoint experience Office 2007 users get, their Mac users would have to keep a web browser open just to open and save documents.



    I also have helped a couple of nonprofits set up and use Office Live Workspace to share documents, and this has caused pretty significant irritation for their Mac users, too.



    In my opinion, this is the most important feature of SP2.
  • Reply 7 of 51
    alanskyalansky Posts: 235member
    The real question is whether users of Office 2008 will be able to install the update. On the Mac side, at least, the Office 2008 autoupdater has a nasty bug that frequently refuses to install the latest updates after downloading them, telling the user that a valid copy of Office 2008 can't be found. The only fix I am aware of involves reinstalling the entire Office 2008 suite, but it's not a real fix, actually. Next time there's an update... You guessed it! Perhaps one of these days, an Office 2008 update will fix this problem... if I can install the update!
  • Reply 8 of 51
    nadynenadyne Posts: 6member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by xxii View Post


    How about having the Spaces bug fixed? It is downright annoying that things are not always where they are assigned.



    Make sure that you've updated to 10.5.7. Apple made several fixes to their window management code that improves Spaces support for all Carbon apps.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by alansky


    The real question is whether users of Office 2008 will be able to install the update. On the Mac side, at least, the Office 2008 autoupdater has a nasty bug that frequently refuses to install the latest updates after downloading them, telling the user that a valid copy of Office 2008 can't be found. The only fix I am aware of involves reinstalling the entire Office 2008 suite, but it's not a real fix, actually. Next time there's an update... You guessed it! Perhaps one of these days, an Office 2008 update will fix this problem... if I can install the update!



    The most common reasons for not being able to install the update are:

    1. You've moved your Office 2008 folder out of Applications. If you've done this, all you need to do is move it back.

    2. You've manually removed a file in the Office 2008 folder. If you've done this, you will need to uninstall Office and reinstall it. If there's something in standard installation of Office that you don't want to install, make sure that you do a custom install so that you can select what you want.

    3. You've run an application like Monolingual or Xslimmer. If you've done this, you'll also need to uninstall and reinstall it. Do a custom install so that you save the MB that the language files take up, and make sure to exclude the Office folder if you run one of those apps again.



    Regards,

    Nadyne.
  • Reply 9 of 51
    And the world yawns collectively. Microsoft should be ashamed for this collective piece of crap they call Office 2008. While I left it on, I find myself using iWork when I can, or running Office 2007 for windoze when needed. I would rather reboot into bootcamp or run in a virtual environment than run Mac Office 2008.



    That is money I will never get back.



    Back to my initial point... never mind... MS has demonstrated that they are incapable of being ashamed of anything.
  • Reply 10 of 51
    Powerpoint custom paths? Finally, I had that in office 03 \ I hope that they fixed the problem of assigning a theme to just one slide (I think then the remedy was to select two slides, apply the theme, and then delete one). Looking forward to this update, hope it feels snappier
  • Reply 11 of 51
    djames42djames42 Posts: 298member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DanaCameron View Post


    I'm still sticking with iWork. When I share documents with others, I send PDFs.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jrandersoniii View Post


    While I left it on, I find myself using iWork when I can, or running Office 2007 for windoze when needed. I would rather reboot into bootcamp or run in a virtual environment than run Mac Office 2008.



    Likewise, I have Office 2008 on my work machine because I need Entourage to speak to the Exchange server. Otherwise, I use combinations of iWork and NeoOffice. This update may encourage me to try using Word and Excel again (I'll never use PowerPoint as Keynote makes it look like a joke).



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by aduzik View Post


    I do. The Document Connection feature makes Office 2008 compatible with SharePoint, and a huge (and increasing) number of companies are using SharePoint to collaborate. Before today, it was embarassing to have to tell our Mac-heavy clients that, instead of the nice, integrated SharePoint experience Office 2007 users get, their Mac users would have to keep a web browser open just to open and save documents.



    Oh dear God, please don't encourage the use of the atrocity that is SharePoint. We're using it at my company, primarily because the person who makes these decisions thinks anything that comes out of Redmond is wonderful. We've got people working hard to hack the thing to death to give it a reasonable amount of security.



    Had this woman pulled her head out and actually taken a look at the alternatives, we'd probably be using Plone and have better cross-platform support, security and flexibility.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    The update also improves SharePoint, which allows users to collaborate on documents. SP2 simplifies how users browse, access and manage files, both online and offline.



    I don't see how this is possible. All of the SP sites I've seen look like crap when viewed with anything other than IE. Perhaps SP2 will improve publishing to SP on the Mac, but it won't do anything to allow me to navigate to find what I'm looking for.
  • Reply 12 of 51
    Hmm, so where is MS Project?! Discontinued since Mac OS 9... *sigh*



    Does this update add the ability to digitally sign MS Word documents? I could not seem to find that feature in help, except for Entourage...
  • Reply 13 of 51
    djames42djames42 Posts: 298member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by libertyforall View Post


    Hmm, so where is MS Project?! Discontinued since Mac OS 9... *sigh*



    It's called OmniPlan
  • Reply 14 of 51
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by djames42 View Post


    Oh dear God, please don't encourage the use of the atrocity that is SharePoint. We're using it at my company, primarily because the person who makes these decisions thinks anything that comes out of Redmond is wonderful. We've got people working hard to hack the thing to death to give it a reasonable amount of security.



    Had this woman pulled her head out and actually taken a look at the alternatives, we'd probably be using Plone and have better cross-platform support, security and flexibility.





    I don't see how this is possible. All of the SP sites I've seen look like crap when viewed with anything other than IE. Perhaps SP2 will improve publishing to SP on the Mac, but it won't do anything to allow me to navigate to find what I'm looking for.



    We use SharePoint at a well known wireless company. It works quickly and securely and I use Firefox all the time. So either my company hacked it, or your company did not implement it correctly.
  • Reply 15 of 51
    taurontauron Posts: 911member
    There is nothing MS can do to Office to make it better than iWork. The technology gap is so enormous that the only way MS can catch up is to build a new Office from scratch and employ 1000 engineers to do it.
  • Reply 16 of 51
    [QUOTE=AppleInsider;1451219]Microsoft is set to release its second service pack for Office 2008 on Mac,



    I made the mistake of getting the expensive media edition of Office 2008.



    I use Word a lot and it kept crashing when trying to save, thus losing my work.



    I gave away my Office 2008 (with a warning) and bought a copy of Office 2004 which is used if iWork and NeoOffice are not compatible enough.



    Microsoft has garbage software cluttered with thousands of things few, if any, users need.



    When Office 2004 no longer work at some point, I'll just use iWork, NeoOffice or whatever some non-Microsoft developer offers.
  • Reply 17 of 51
    i love how all the macheads hate microsoft... you must really love them deep down....
  • Reply 18 of 51
    its 1:26 EST and it still doesn't show up on the Microsoft Mac site.. nor does Micosoft Software update show the availability..
  • Reply 19 of 51
    At the moment, the update is on their servers but the download link isn't displaying. I fetched it at manually at this link. Works great, actually - Word launches much quicker.
  • Reply 20 of 51
    pascal007pascal007 Posts: 111member
    [QUOTE=Macs_since_1984;1451348]
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    When Office 2004 no longer work at some point, I'll just use iWork, NeoOffice or whatever some non-Microsoft developer offers.



    I am not waiting for that to happen : I am progressively migrating from Office 2004 to OpenOffice. Granted, the appearance is less nice, but the files it creates are 50-75 % smaller, the app virtually never crashes, it allows me to do everything I did in Word and Excel (I never used macros) and the final printed result is identical.



    Instead of creating YAWP (Yet Another Word Processor), Apple should work with the OO community and bring its ability to create nice interfaces and optimize the port of OO on the Mac. Apple has nothing to lose doing this (iWork is certainly not the reason Apple made so much money this year) and everything to gain : seeing OO gaining market share would weaken Microsoft pull towards its closed (and enclosing) Windows platform. Ensuring the best performance on the Mac would mean a pleasant experience for the Mac users at the same time knowing that they exchange all their files freely with everybody else.
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