Just as Microsoft promised last week, the first major service pack for Office for Mac 2011 is now available. Go to any Office application on your Mac and choose Check for Updates from the Help menu or grab a standalone installer from the Office for Mac website. The 246MB download “fixes critical issues and also helps to improve security,” the release notes say.

Also, it includes fixes for “vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.” It will also improve the speed and stability. There are several new features as well…


New features and enhancements include support for Exchange based server-side rules and editing of existing messages in Outlook.

You can also redirect the message to a person with the replies delivered to the original sender in Outlook and resend the message.

The much-needed calendar syncing is another welcome addition.

It works between Outlook for Mac and any service or device that supports Apple’s Sync Services, including the iPhone and iPad.

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