Microsoft releases Office 2011 Service Pack 1

Microsoft Office 2011

Office 2011 version 14.1 (Service Pack 1) is now available from Microsoft’s website. Asannounced on April 6, the update includes a variety of improvements to the new Outlookfor Mac, including built in support for Apple’s Sync Services that allows users to more easily synchronize Outlook data with other Mac OS X software like iCal and BusyCal and devices like the iPhone and iPad through iTunes.

The update also includes the usual fixes for “critical issues” and patches a security vulnerability that could allow an attacker “to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.”

Microsoft offers more details about the software update on its official Office for Mac blog. Even if the update isn’t showing in Office’s AutoUpdate utility yet, you can download the 246MB package here.


Latest Lion build reveals iCal, iChat redesign


The latest Lion Developer Preview released yesterday features some cool new redesigns of a few of Mac OS X’s built-in apps. First up is a completely redesigned iCal. The new iCal now closely resembles the Calendar app you find on the iPad. It sports a leather header, complete with strips of torn away calendars. The overall look and feel of the new iCal, like its iPad counterpart, now closely resembles a physical desktop calender.

Another redesign, though less noticeable than the new iCal UI, is an updated iChat UI which combines AIM, Jabber, and Bonjour contacts together in one window. This is a welcome tweak, as previously iChat separated all your different contacts into separate windows.

With the above changes, and the fact that Address Book in OS X Lion already got a similar overhaul so it closely matches the Address Book app on the iPad, I wouldn’t think it’s too much to hope that GameCenter for the Mac App Store and iBooks for OS X is too far off.