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Microsoft Releases Office SP1, Announces VBA’s Return

Microsoft Mac BU Delivers Strongest Launch in History of Office for Mac

Group releases Service Pack 1, announces the return of Visual Basic for
Applications in next version.

REDMOND, Wash. – May 13, 2008 – Microsoft Corp.’s Macintosh Business Unit
(Mac BU) today announced details about the success of Office 2008 for Mac
and reaffirms its commitment to future products for the Mac. Office 2008
launched at Macworld Expo 2008, and sales for the productivity suite
continue to soar, selling faster than any previous version of Office for
Mac in the past 19 years. The Mac BU developed Office 2008 to help Mac
users simplify their work with a Mac-like interface, tools to easily create
professional documents, and, most notably, the most cross-platform
compatible suite on the market for the Mac. The Mac BU today is releasing
Service Pack 1 (SP1) that provides increased stability, security and
performance enhancements to the suite. The group also is providing a
glimpse at the road map of Office for Mac by announcing the return of
Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) in the next version.

“The response has been amazing – since we launched in January, the velocity
of sales for Office 2008 is nearly three times what we saw after the launch
of Office 2004,” said Craig Eisler, general manager of the Mac BU at
Microsoft. “As we set our course for future versions, we are working
closely with customers and will also expand our staff to ensure that Office
for Mac remains the most powerful and compatible productivity suite for Mac

Office 2008 for Mac Gets Updates Requested by Users
The Mac BU consistently seeks and uses customer feedback to identify,
prioritize and then improve its products through beta programs in
pre-release stages. The team looks to user forums and tools such as the
Microsoft Error Reporting Protocol (MERP), which allows customers to
anonymously communicate issue reports, once a product is launched. With the
launch of SP1, the Mac BU is addressing the top issues as reported by
customers via MERP and other feedback channels. Office 2008 for Mac SP1
features key suitewide updates for increased stability, increased security
and overall performance improvements. Users also will find
application-specific updates, including the following:

Microsoft Office Excel

* Compatibility. Improved compatibility with files exchanged between Excel
2008 for Mac and Excel 2003 and Excel 2007 for Windows
* Custom Error Bars. Restored formatting option on the Error Bars panel for
data series
* Printing. More reliable printing for elements on Excel 2008 workbooks

Microsoft Entourage

* Calendar. Significant enhancements to improve calendar view and all-day
reminders with reoccurrence
* Exchange Server support. Overall improvement to synchronization support,
including removing attachments from Exchange Server messages and
synchronizing to the server, as well as support for editing the contents of
Exchange Server messages via AppleScript and synchronizing the changes to
the server
* E-mail images. Ability to send and view images in Entourage from
third-party tools

Microsoft Office Word

* Printing. Improved accuracy when orienting tables with cell shading
* Document map. Improved reliability and responsiveness to select items
* Notebook layout. Updated formatting, recording status and a variety of
display options

Microsoft Office PowerPoint

* Printing. Improvements to eliminate crashing when printing documents to
high-dpi printers and increased overall printing speed by 10 times on some
large presentations
* Mobile viewing. Ability to view Mac .PPTX files on Windows Mobile phones
* AppleScript. Ability to use the PowerPoint selection object in
AppleScript to implement custom scripts that operate on the current
selection in PowerPoint
Customers can download the update for free at (1), and it will be also
available from Microsoft Auto Update.

VBA Returns to Future Versions of Office for Mac

The Mac BU also announced it is bringing VBA-language support back to the
next version of Office for Mac. Sharing information with customers as early
as possible continues to be a priority for the Mac BU to allow customers to
plan for their software needs.(2) Although the Mac BU increased support in
Office 2008 with alternate scripting tools such as Automator and
AppleScript – and also worked with MacTech Magazine to create a reference
guide, available at – the team
recognizes that VBA-language support is important to a select group of
customers who rely on sharing macros across platforms. The Mac BU is always
working to meet customers’ needs and already is hard at work on the next
version of Office for Mac.

About Microsoft Macintosh Business Unit

The Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft is a leading developer of software
and online products for the Macintosh platform. The group of more than 200
full-time Mac product experts is dedicated to creating innovative software
for Mac customers worldwide. For almost 25 years, Microsoft has developed
award-winning software for the Mac. In January 2008, the Mac BU released
Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, a productivity suite that includes the
e-mail application and personal information manager Entourage 2008, Word
2008, Excel 2008, PowerPoint 2008 and Messenger for Mac 7.0. More
information about the Mac BU and Microsoft Macintosh products is available

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize
their full potential.

(1) The download for SP1 will be live by noon PDT.
(2) The Mac BU announced that Office 2008 for Mac would not have
VBA-language support in August 2006 at the Apple Worldwide Developers
Conference – a year and a half before the product’s launch.

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