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Introduction

Microsoft has released security bulletins MS11-021 and MS11-022. These security bulletins contain all the relevant information about the security updates for Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 for Mac. To view the complete security bulletins, visit the following Microsoft websites: 
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS11-021.mspx
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS11-022.mspx

Update details

The Office for Mac 2011 14.1 Update contains several changes that add functionality and improve security, stability, reliability, and performance. In addition, this update includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of a computer's memory by using malicious code.

Improvements that are included in the update

The Office for Mac 2011 14.1 Update includes the following improvements.

Improvements for all Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 applications

  • Security is improved.
    This update fixes vulnerabilities in Office 2011 that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer's memory with malicious code. For more information, see the security bulletin that was listed earlier in this document.
  • Stability is improved.
    This update fixes an issue that causes Office 2011 applications to close unexpectedly when you open or use Office 2011 applications.
  • Alt Text authoring is included.
    This update enables the authoring of Alt Text for objects, such as shapes, pictures, tables, charts, SmartArt, and movies in Office 2011 applications.

Improvements for Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011

  • The Solver add-in is included.
    This update includes functionality that lets you install the Solver analysis tools in Excel 2011.
  • Reliability is improved when read-only options are enabled.
    This update fixes an issue that causes the open option to fail when open as read-only is available.
  • Stability is improved when pasting large datasets.
    This update improves stability when a large dataset is pasted into a filtered range.
  • Save functionality is improved.
    This update fixes an issue that prevents some documents from being saved if they contain comments.
  • Conditional formatting is improved.
    This update fixes an issue that causes conditional formatting rules to fail when the rules are applied to a PivotTable report.
  • Page settings are retained.
    This update fixes issues that cause incorrect page settings to be applied.
  • Printing is improved.
    This update fixes an issue that causes the wrong pages to print when specific pages are selected.

Improvements for Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2011

  • Password protect functionality is included.
    This update includes functionality that lets you protect presentations in PowerPoint 2011 by using a password.
  • Print Preview is improved.
    This update fixes an issue that causes Print Preview not to update correctly.
  • Save as Pictures respects slide dimensions.
    This update fixes an issue that causes slide dimensions not to be respected when Save as Picture is used.
  • Playback of recorded narration is improved.
    This update fixes an issue that causes narration to drop out during playback.
  • Rehearse mode is improved.
    This update fixes an issue that causes a slide show not to automatically advance slides when Rehearse mode is used.

Improvements for Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011

  • Synchronization functionality is updated.
    This update increases support for Sync Services, and adds calendar, notes, and tasks syncing.
  • Rules functionality is improved.
    This update introduces support for Microsoft Exchange-based Server-Side rules.
  • Resend functionality is included.
    This update reintroduces functionality to resend an email message to the same or new recipients.
  • Redirect functionality is included.
    This update reintroduces functionality to redirect an incoming email message to other recipients.
  • Meeting invitation functionality is improved.
    This update improves creating meeting invitations by including a list of recently used locations.

Improvements for Microsoft Word for Mac 2011

  • Stability is improved when you open or save some files. 
    This update improves stability with some file paths that contain nonalphanumeric characters.
  • Spelling check error messaging is improved.
    This update fixes an issue that causes a spelling check error message to be shown repeatedly if the spelling engine does not load.
  • Character spacing in draft view is improved.
    This update fixes incorrect character spacing in draft view.
  • Find and Replace functionality is improved.
    This update improves the ease of use for Find and Replace.
  • Custom toolbars, menus and keyboard shortcuts are retained.
    This update fixes an issue that causes custom settings to be lost when you save the document in some Word formats.
  • Full Screen view shows all pages.
    This update fixes an issue that causes some pages not to be visible after the display uses Full Screen mode with a side-by-side page view.
  • Printing pictures is improved.
    This update fixes an issue that causes some pictures not to print if they are inside shapes.

Prerequisites

Before you install the Office for Mac 2011 14.1 Update, make sure that the computer is running Mac OS X v10.5.8 or a later version of the Mac OS X operating system.

To verify that the computer meets this prerequisite, on the Apple menu, click About This Mac.

How to obtain the update

The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:

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Download the Microsoft Office for Mac 14.1 Update package now.

Release Date: April 12, 2011

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

Updated Files

For a complete list of the files that this update adds or changes, double-click the update installer, and then on the File menu, click Show Files.

Notes

  • The Office for Mac 2011 14.1 Update is also available from Microsoft AutoUpdate. AutoUpdate is a program that automatically keeps Microsoft software up-to-date.

    To use AutoUpdate, start a Microsoft Office program. Then, on the Help menu, click Check for Updates.

    For more information about resources for Office for Mac 2011, visit the following Microsoft website:
    http://www.microsoft.com/mac

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Article ID: 2525412 - Last Review: August 29, 2011 - Revision: 2.1
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Office for Mac Academic 2011
  • Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011
  • Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 Home Use Program
  • Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011
  • Microsoft Office for Mac Standard 2011
  • Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011
  • Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011
  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2011
  • Microsoft Word for Mac 2011
  • Microsoft Office Communicator 2011 for Mac
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