The fine folks in Redmond have released Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.2 update which includes stability and performance enhancements for Office 2008, Office 2008 Home and Student Edition, Office 2008 Special Media Edition, Word 2008, Excel 2008, PowerPoint 2008, and Entourage 2008. In addition, this fixes several vulnerabilities, some of which may allow an attacker to run code on your machine if you open malicious document. The download is 160MB and is available at the aforementioned URL (English direct download here) or via the Microsoft AutoUpdate agent.
Microsoft has stated that you should have installed the 12.1.1 Update prior to installing 12.1.2.
In similar fashion, Office 2004 has been updated to 11.5.1 which also has security, stability and performance fixes for Office 2004 Standard Edition, Office 2004 Student and Teacher Edition, Office 2004 Professional Edition, Word 2004, Excel 2004, PowerPoint 2004 and Entourage 2004. The 15MB download (English direct) is available via similar channels as the Office 2008 update.
Microsoft has stated that you should have installed the 11.5.0 Update prior to installing 11.5.1.
For what it’s worth: no problems on my end for Office 12.1.2, but I have not had an opportunity to do extensive testing. Since these updates do include security fixes (have I mentioned just how annoying it is when vendors mix security patches with other fixes?) you should install this immediately (after testing, if you’re in a more formal/larger production/working environment).
AutoUpdate should engage at some point today (it has not been populated as of this writing) and the direct links to the info-pages have not percolated to all of Microsoft’s web farm yet.
Let TAB readers know your post-update praises or woes in the comments!