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Microsoft Patches Mac Office Flaw in Lion


Microsoft has released an updated version of Communicator for the Mac that works with Apple’s new Lion operating system. Communicator for Mac 2011 version 13.1.2 was released Thursday to Microsoft’s download site, and will be pushed to users via the company’s update service shortly.

The new version of Communicator resolves the crash bug that afflicted the program when users tried to run it on Mac OS X 10.7, the new operating system Apple launched July 20.

Communicator is the corporate version of Microsoft’s consumer-grade Messenger chat client for the Mac, and is available only to business and academic volume licensing customers. It is also the software that connects Mac users to Microsoft’s enterprise communications server software, Lync 2010.

Last week, Microsoft’s Office for Mac development team reported several problems with the 2011 and 2008 editions of the suite when run on Lion. At the time, the Communicator crash bug and a glitch that prevents users from importing messages from Apple’s Mail email client into Outlook 2011 or Entourage 2008 were the top two issues spelled out then by Pat Fox, a senior director of product development.

Communicator 13.1.2 can be downloaded from Microsoft’s website.

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