Office 2008 For Mac Most Successful Microsoft Mac Launch Ever

Launched at MacWorld 2008 in January, Office 2008 for Mac has sold faster than any previous version of the software launched in its 19-year history.

"The response has been amazing -- since we launched in January, the velocity of sales for Office 2008 is nearly three times what we saw after the launch of Office 2004," said Craig Eisler, general manager of Microsoft's Mac Business Unit, in a statement. "As we set our course for future versions, we are working closely with customers and will also expand our staff to ensure that Office for Mac remains the most powerful and compatible productivity suite for Mac customers."

The Service Pack 1 (SP1) should increase stability, security and performance across the suite, Microsoft said, and the Redmond, Wash.-based company is bringing back Visual Basic for Applications in the next version of the software.

SP1 incorporates issues identified by users through the Microsoft Error Reporting Protocol and other forums and tools.

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