A reader reports that a clean download of Office 2008 SP2 does not have the bug that prevents it from opening Open XML files (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx) created by Office 2007 for Windows. Another reader said that SP2 actually fixed an Entourage sync issue. A third reader uses Numbers.
Ben Brown downloaded a preinstalled version at the Micrsoft Volume Licencing Services (MVLS) site:
I've just noticed that the bug where Office 2008 SP2 will not open Windows crafted office xml (.xlsx, .docx, .pptx) files does not apply if you head over to MVLS and get the dmg of Mac Office 2008 with SP2 and do a clean install. (Tested on G4 877Mhz, 1Gb, 80Gb, 10.4.11)
Brad Schrick likes the update's effect on Entourage:
I can open .---x files with Mac Office 2008 SP2, created with Office 2007 on Windows by others at my company. The update to Entourage fixed some syncing issues that one of our guys was experiencing since moving his mailbox to Exchange 2007, so I'm not going back.
If you've seen SP2 fix Entourage syncing issues
Russell Hall suggests Numbers:
I can't open .xlsx Excel documents since the Office 2008 SP2 update. I get sent to this page. Of course, I can always go back and "Save your Excel workbook by using an earlier version of Office 2008 for Mac", or do one of the other stupid things that waste even more of my time than Office 2008 already does. Or I can simply open it in Apple's Numbers.
Office 12.2.1 update fixes SP2 file bugs; Open XML Converter updated
On Friday, Microsoft released the Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.1 Update, which fixes bug in the recently released Service Pack 2 for Office 2008. The Service Pack 2 bug prevented Office 2008 applications from opening Open XML files (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx) files that were created with Office 2007 for Windows. The bug (and the fix) also applied to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint templates.
Microsoft also released the Open XML File Format Converter 1.1.1 Update, which fixes bug in version 1.1 that was similar that in Office 2008 SP2. Open XML File Format Converter is a free utility for converting .docx, .xmlx, and .pptx files to previous Office versions (.doc, .xml, .ppt). The utility is intended for users of Office 2004, which does not support the Open XML formats.
Graham Norbury tried the Office 2008 12.2.1 update and confirmed that it fixes the bug:
FInally Micrsoft seems to have resolved the problem with the Office 2008 12.2.1 update. With SP2, I discovered that I could open some .pptx files, but many I could not. However, now with 12.2.1, so far I have opened all the files without any problems.
If you've tried the update to Office or the File Format Converter