Welcome Back! Solver for Excel 2008


Solver for Excel, which was axed in Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, makes a come back as the original developer Frontline Systems has released it as a standalone app. Solver for Excel 2008 works with the latest version of Excel, is a Universal Binary app, runs on Mac OS X Leopard or Tiger, and is a free download.

When Microsoft released Office 2008 for Mac, it dropped the support of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) scripting language, along with it the popular Solver tool which depends on VBA. Microsoft has promised to bring VBA back to Mac version of Office, but there is no definite schedule. And Solver for Excel is now developed and released outside of Microsoft.

“It’s our way of re-introducing ourselves to the Mac community. This version of Solver is a Frontline Systems product and will be supported by us — but we owe a big THANK YOU to Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit for (i) asking us to do this and (ii) supporting our efforts intensively with AppleScript help, QA testing, and localization.” — Frontline Systems

Solver for Excel 2008 is available now for immediate download from Frontline Systems.

Microsoft Updates Office 2004 And Office 2008 For Mac

Microsoft today issued updates for both Office 2004 for Mac and Office 2008 for Mac that addresses security vulnerabilities, and improves stability and performance. These updates are labeled as “critical” and Microsoft recommends them be installed “immediately”. Office for Mac users can update their software via Office Auto Update or from Microsoft Mactopia downloads site.

Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.2 Update addresses security vulnerabilities and improves performance and reliability for Word, Excel, and Entourage. Word gets significantly faster launch times, Excel gets performance improvements for working with large datasets, and Entourage has improved stability when using Microsoft Sync Services.

Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.5.1 Update addresses security vulnerabilities, and fixes Word 2004 stability issue when opening documents containing numbered lists. Entourage 2004 gets the updated Japanese postal codes.

Microsoft’s update support pages provide additional information and detail these improvements.

New Updates for Office 2004 and Office 2008 for Mac

new-updates-for-office-2004-and-office-2008-for-macOffice 2004 for Mac 11.5.0

Microsoft releases Office 2004 11.5.0 update today which improves compatibility with documents that were created in Office 2008 for Mac and in 2007 Office for Windows. This update also enables Office 2004 for Mac to read and to write Open XML Format documents provided you have installed the Open XML File Format Converter for Mac (Visit Microsoft Mac Downloads website to download the Open XML File Format Converter for Mac). This update also improves stability.

Check out Microsoft support website for detail description and download the update.

Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.1

Microsoft releases Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.1 update today which fixes a number of performance and stability issues. This update requires Office 2008 for Mac Service Pack 1 as a prerequisite which you can download from Microsoft Mac Downloads website.

Check out Microsoft support website for detail description and download the update.