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Office for Mac 2008 just asked me whether I wanted to update. However, on continuing with the update, a Window popped up saying that I needed to close Chrome before the update could continue. I find this rather suspicious, since Office should not need to go anywhere near Chrome.

Any idea why there might be a legitimate reason for this, or alternatively, just what is Microsoft trying to sneak on to my computer?

I did look at the download details on Microsoft's website, but aside from the general guff about closing all open applications, it doesn't mention anything about Chrome or any browser plugins.

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Also see apple.stackexchange.com/questions/93999/… –  GlennG Jun 11 at 9:31
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Because Office 2008 also updates Silverlight, this is totally safe, yet very uncomfortable; as usual, when it comes to Microsoft :-)

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Ah, that would explain it! I was racking my brains trying to think of any Microsoft software that I had, apart from Office... –  Chinmay Kanchi Feb 4 '11 at 0:30
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I don't have Silverlight installed, yet it still wants to close Chrome. –  drfrogsplat May 13 '13 at 5:02
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I just installed a Silverlight update with Chrome open on my Mac. The installer did not complain, and completed seamlessly. However, I have a Office 2011 update that still refuses to install until I close Chrome.

This is pretty strong evidence that Silverlight is not the culprit. According to this blog post, it's because the update fiddles with fonts. Still a terrible UX, though.

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