Office for Mac 2011 SP2 gets new update

Last week, Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 users were able to download a new update for the popular productivity software suite. The upgrade had a number of new features included, but some people who downloaded the update experienced issues related to corrupted identity databases. Late on Friday, Microsoft announced that it was pulling the SP2 patch from its Microsoft AutoUpdate system while it worked on a solution to the problem.

On Wednesday, Microsoft announced on its Office for Mac blog that it has issued a new update, 14.2.1, for the SP2 patch. The patch is now available to download via the Microsoft AutoUpdate system. It is also available as a manual download.

Microsoft's support page has a list of the patch notes for the 14.2.1 update. Users who have already downloaded the previous SP2 patch must also download this new update. On the other hand, this new patch will not fix any previously corrupted identity databases. Microsoft has already offered a workaround if users are dealing with those kinds of problems. However, if Office for Mac owners are still having issues, they may have to bite the bullet and delete their current identity in order to start from scratch with a new one.

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MiukuMac said,
Difference is Office for Mac is getting better, iTunes on Windows isn't >

I wouldn't go that far. Easy Office 2011 update fixes something and breaks something even bigger. iTunes is not bad if your PC is fast enough to handle it, and no wierd or data corrupting bugs.

MiukuMac said,
Difference is Office for Mac is getting better, iTunes on Windows isn't >

I'm not sure about that they keep giving us 'performance improvements' but i'm yet to see performance improve. If you add a few fonts expect an extra 10-20 seconds on load time whilst it rebuilds the font cache... and when your actually in the apps it's not much better... delays after clicks and such. One thing i will say is that Outlook is great.

Uplift said,

One thing i will say is that Outlook is great.

Except for the lack of Exchange 2003 support . I realize it is old, but I don't have control over what version my company uses. Sucks that Office 2010 supports Exchange 2003, but Office 2011 for Mac does not.

Simon- said,
iTunes is not bad if your PC is fast enough to handle it, and no wierd or data corrupting bugs.

I agree. iTunes isn't half as bad as everyone is always making it out to be. It may not look like a Windows app, but IMO the inconsistent look is perfectly consistent with all the other inconsistent looking Windows apps (Windows Media Player, Windows Live Stuff, Office...........)