Microsoft announces Office 2008 Free Trial - releases updates for Office 2008 and Office 2004 to patch Excel vulnerabilities

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By: switchtoamac at: 7:46 PM on April 14, 2009 | Comments (0)
Two items from the Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) from today.  The first is the "Office 2008 for Mac Trial" that allows Mac users to try out a fully functional installation Office 2008 for 30 days.    The other item is the release of updates for the Office 2008 and Office 2004.
office_2008_icon.pngOffice 2008 Free Trial
  1. Download and install Office 2008 for Mac Trial Edition.
  2. Activate your trial software with a free trial product key sent to your email.
  3. Use Office 2008 Trial Edition for up to 30 days
After the 30 day trail is over, you have the choice to purchase a license so that you won't need to reinstall the software.

Office 2008 and Office 2004 updates
According to the following security bulletin, Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 12.1.7 Update and Microsoft Office for Mac 2004 11.5.4 Update patch several vulnerabilities that could be exploited due to vulnerabilities in Microsoft Excel:

"This security update resolves a privately reported and a publicly disclosed vulnerability. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if the user opens a specially crafted Excel file. An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights."

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