Microsoft readies Office 2007 Service Pack 3

Microsoft plans to release before the end of the year the third and likely final service pack (SP) for Office 2007 before the product exists mainstream support in April 2012.

(Given Microsoft is referring to SP3 as the “October 2011 release,” I’m thinking it probably will be out this month.)

“Service Pack 3 contains a roll-up of all 2007 Cumulative and Public Updates since Service Pack 2 for both Office client suites and applications as well as SharePoint Servers, in addition to some new fixes for issues discovered during the lifecycle of SP2,” according to an October 6 post on the Microsoft Office Updates blog. Users who are up-to-date with Automatic Updates for Office 2007 already have installed most of what’s coming in SP3, Microsoft officials said.

“SP3 is much smaller than 2007 SP1, SP2 or the recently released 2010 SP1. We will provide documentation detailing the changes and the affected packages on TechNet,” company officials said. And unlike the case with Office 2010 SP1, customers won’t be asked to deploy the accompanying Cumulative Update at the same time as the coming SP3.

SP3 will include changes in the following areas, according to Microsoft:

Office Client 2007 Suites
Office SharePoint 2007 Servers
Office SharePoint Search Server 2007
Office SharePoint Designer 2007
Office Project 2007
Office Visio 2007
Office Proofing tools 2007
Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook 2007
Office InterConnect 2007
Office Compatibility Pack
PowerPoint Viewer
Visio Viewer
Office Servers Language Pack
Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
Office Access Runtime and Data Connectivity Components

The planned SP3 rollout will follow the usual procedures: “Initially SP3 will be offered through the Microsoft Download Center as a manual download, through Microsoft Update as an Optional update. No earlier than 90 days after release, we will convert SP3 to an Automatic Update for our 2007 customers,” the Softies said.

Microsoft is advising Windows customers on Office 2003 (or earlier) who are considering upgrading to a new version of Office to go to Office 2010 rather than Office 2007, given that Office 2010 will continue to offer free mainstream support until 2015.

Microsoft released SP2 for Office 2007 in April 2009.

25 comments:

Meh... Microsoft... BE FREE! Use libreoffice!! :)

I'm still using the SP1 version. Didn't even know SP2 is out, lol! +1, thank you!

openoffice is way better man ;)

I use office 2003, 2007 is just too complicated for me lol.

Nice, glad this is now available, looks very useful! +followed

It seems very nice, followed

hopefully its a smooth download.

Good to see they still care for old releases.

Am I the only one that still prefers 2007 to 2010? it just looks nicer... although I could do with the latest version of OneNote O.O

Finally windows is valorising what she did right instead of trowing more bad-made stuff to ours lap

Good report, thanks for the post!

Im using microsoft office 2010 so no biggie for me :)

I find it amusing they still support office 2007, whiel they could just let go and push 2010 or the next one... but i still use 2007 myself after upgrading .. i guess this is what good customer care and support is about =o

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