Friday, 13 April 2012 08:38

Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 2 reworks Outlook database (and more)


Microsoft has released a wide-ranging update for Office for Mac 2011 in the form of Service Pack 2.

The Office for Mac 2011 14.2 update (aka Service Pack 2) affects all major components of Microsoft's office suite for Mac OS X.

Outlook 2011 receives more changes than the PowerPoint or Word. The Outlook database has been changed, and therefore the database is rewritten when a user first runs an upgraded copy of Outlook, which can be a lengthy operation depending on the size of the database.

The changes are said to increase the robustness of the database and to improve the effectiveness of the rebuild utility. Other changes fix a range of issues that could cause database corruption, instability or crashes.

IMAP support is improved, particularly for Gmail users. The update also includes a new way of synchronising with Exchange accounts. Distribution lists can be expanded, and improvements have been made to calendaring.

There's no indication of a fix for the long-standing (back to Entourage) bug that causes Outlook to ignore the start or end of daylight saving time unless the program is relaunched.

Page 2: Word, PowerPoint, Excel.


The update to Word 2011 fixes an issue that prevented a Word template displaying user information (name, address, etc) after being saved in .doc format, and it should now be possible to send PDF files as faxes.

PowerPoint 2011 now supports Lion's full screen view and Paste Special for hyperlinks. It also correctly displays the list of co-authors.

Changes to Excel 2011 are limited to specific bug fixes.

General changes to the suite include improvements to SkyDrive and SharePoint integration, and fixes for the German and Italian grammar checkers to help ensure the complete document is checked.

A separate update improves Office's Error Reporting utility.

The Office 2011 SP2 updater is available here or via Microsoft AutoUpdate. A more extensive list of changes can be found here.

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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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