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Microsoft pulls error-ridden Mac Office update

As we reported, the update breaks Outlook, Microsoft has now pulled it from Auto Update

Microsoft has pulled its faulty update for Office 2011 for Mac. As we reported last week the Service Pack 2 update caused us nothing but grief when once installed Outlook failed to open, claiming it needed to be rebuilt using an older version of the software. Word just hung when opened giving us no choice but to false quit and turn to Text Edit.

We were lucky because we had a Time Machine back up and were able to revert to an older version of Office. We have no intention of trying to reinstall the update.

Microsoft wrote on its blog that the update will be suspended while it investigates the problem.

The company writes: "Unfortunately, a small percentage are experiencing some issues with the update, specifically related to the Outlook for Mac database. We've documented the primary issue and work around in a blog post that can be found here."

Microsoft states: "We encourage you to either wait for the AutoUpdate, or follow the directions in the above blog post before manually updating to ensure you don't experience issues. We will provide an update once we have more information to share."

For those lucky enough to have installed working updates the Service Pack 2 bought full-screen display modes and performance improvements for Lion users of Office 2012.


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