Microsoft has updated its Office 2008 for Mac software, with version 12.2.3 now available to download from the Help and Support section of Microsoft's website.  

As well as the usual security and stability fixes, the update includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of a computer's memory by using malicious code.

As far as stability goes, 12.2.3 fixes an issue that causes Office 2008 applications to close unexpectedly while metafile issues with text spacing in Windows Office docs have also been addressed.

Improvements in Word means certain unexpected closures will be no more while similar closure issues in Excel have also been looked at, including the bug that meant the Workday Function would not recognise weekends and holidays, which we'd like to think was implemented originally by a mischievous coder.

There's similar stories across PowerPoint, Entourage and Microsoft Document Connection for Mac with the message to be drawn that you really want to install this update if you want to see all round improvements.