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Microsoft updates Mac Office and kills Mac IM

Plans to develop better IM client

Microsoft last night released its latest software update for Office 2004 for Mac. And Microsoft is to kill off MSN Messenger for Mac, replacing the IM (instant messaging) software with a new product.

Microsoft revealed its IM plans during a presentation at the Georgia Institute of Technology's IEEE Student Branch. The company plans to ditch its existing IM solution for Mac to develop and deliver a more advanced client.

While details are scarce at present, the Mac software is expected to appear by the end of next year and will support AIM, Google Talk and ICQ and be compatible with Windows Live Messenger 9.0.

The Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.3.9 update fixes an issue that causes Word 2004 to quit unexpectedly when users print a document.

Microsoft notes that this update is recommended for Office 2004 Standard Edition, Office 2004 Student and Teacher Edition, Office 2004 Professional Edition, Word 2004. The update weighs in as a 2.49MB download.

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