Software giant Microsoft Corporation has withdrew its Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 2 (SP2) update that was released on April 12. This step was taken by Microsoft after receiving complaints from users who reported problems running Microsoft Outlook after they had upgraded the software. Microsoft acknowledged that Outlook databases had been corrupted for some users.
The purpose of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 SP2 was to fix critical issues and improve stability and reliability, and address everything from Full Screen View support in Lion for PowerPoint to improve printing of PDF faxes from Microsoft Word. However, it also seems to have corrupted Microsoft Outlook databases and rendered them unusable, at least for some people.
“We have temporarily stopped pushing out the SP2 update through Microsoft AutoUpdate while we investigate the issue. Customers are still able to obtain the SP2 update via the Microsoft Downloads site,” stated a Microsoft Office for Mac blog post on 20 April.