Microsoft's Mac Business Unit (Mac BU) today released its Office 2004 for Mac Service Pack 2 (SP2).

The update to the company's Mac productivity software suite focuses on improving collaboration for enterprise customers using a Mac.

It offers new features that boost Microsoft Exchange Server support in Entourage 2004. It also furnishes updates across all Office 2004 for Mac applications to help improve product security and address some issues raised by Microsoft and its Mac users.

The Exchange Server functionality built into Entourage 2004 now offers Mac users in an Exchange Server environment more collaboration tools.

These include improved email and calendar management, enhanced public folder support, and faster client-server synchronization. Users also get better access to the Global Address List (GAL), including the ability to browse the entire contents of the GAL and see full organizational detail.

Enhanced delegate access enables new setup entirely through Entourage without having to go through the Outlook client on a PC.

"Being able to work so closely with other teams at Microsoft puts us in an ideal position to meet the collaboration needs of our Mac customers," said Melissa Dewick, product marketing manager of consumer software at Microsoft.

"For SP2, we worked with the Exchange Server team so that together we can help our enterprise customers collaborate seamlessly across platforms. We're in constant communication with our customers, and we're acting on their requests for improved tools and a better Entourage experience," she said.

The release also includes cumulative security updates and prioritized fixes for issues identified by Microsoft and through customer feedback.

SP2 is available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Swedish. Customers will be notified and may download SP2 via Microsoft AutoUpdate beginning later today.