Microsoft made available for download this week (as of April 24) an updated version of Service Pack 2 for its Office for Mac 2011 productivity suite.
Microsoft made available the original version of SP2, build number 14.2.0, on April 11. On April 20, Microsoft officials posted a note to the Office for Mac blog acknowledging that "a small percentage (of users) are experiencing some issues with the update, specifically related to the Outlook for Mac database." Microsoft made available a temporary work around at that time and removed SP2 from AutoUpdate.
Yesterday, Microsoft officials said the patched update to SP2, build number 14.2.1, was ready and downloadable. From the Office for Mac blog:
"As of this morning, we posted a 14.2.1 update that fixes a number of issues, including the Outlook for Mac database issue, and you can read more about the update in this KB.
"This update is primarily preventative and targets those who have not yet installed SP2; however, whether you have or have not installed SP2, please run this update to bring your installation of Microsoft Office:Mac 2011 to the latest version."
The primary focus for SP2, according to the Softies, was Outlook. The new service pack improves sync performance with Exchange; speed improvements while deleting multiple items; and tweaks to email-message content display. Outlook performance also is improved in IMAP account sync and database rebuild utility, according to Microsoft. SP2 also adds more minor improvements in performance and functionality in Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well, according to the company.
Update: Looks like Microsoft also had to reissue and update its Lync for Mac 2011 update, too. Here's the new build for download.