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Service Pack 2 (14.2.0) for Office for Mac 2011 Now Available for Download

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 2 (14.2.0) is now available. “As the newest member of the Office for Mac family, Outlook 2011 continues to get the most requests from consumers and businesses alike; therefore, our top priority for this release was Outlook, and this service pack resolves many of the most common requests,” notes the Office for Mac team.

In the SP2, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have improved performance with additional modest improvements. “For example, we updated PowerPoint to take advantage of full screen view in Lion, and we improved grammar checkers for Italian and German languages,” the team said.

Also, Office for Mac team now made it easier to work with Office documents on SkyDrive by addressing several smaller issues.

Outlook enhancements include:

  • Sync performance with Exchange server,
  • Performance improvements while deleting multiple items,
  • Displaying email message content, and sending email.
  • Outlook performance is also improved in IMAP account sync and the database rebuild utility. New capabilities include:
    • Scheduling resources in the calendar,
    • Distribution list expansion,
    • Day number display in the calendar.

More information on complete list of fixes and updates, you can find in the Knowledge Base article KB2685940.

You can download Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 2 (14.2.0) from the Download Center.

Update 04/18: Office for Mac team today posted a workaround for the issue some users have experienced related to corrupted databases after the latest updates:

“Before installing Office 2011 SP2, use the following KB2360509 article to rebuild your database in 14.1.4 to ensure that your database is in a good state for the upgrade to safely apply: Rebuild the Outlook for Mac 2011 database to resolve problems, explains the team.

“If you’ve already installed Office 2011 SP2, and you receive the message ‘Please upgrade the Office database,’ check out the following KB2702740 article for the workaround: Outlook 2011 start error: ‘Please upgrade the Office database’,” the team added.

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