When the words Service Pack 1 (SP1) are tossed around these
immediately thinks of Windows Vista. SP1 is the first service pack for
Vista and aims to bring performance enhancements, bug fixes and improvements
to Microsoft's anti-piracy efforts.
However, it's easy to forget that Windows Vista isn't the
only major software effort that Microsoft released
last November. On November 30, 2006, Microsoft also launched Office 2007 --
and it's time for Microsoft's best-selling productivity suite to get an update.
Development of Office 2007 SP1 is a bit further along than
Vista SP1 and Microsoft is expected to release the update to customers on
Tuesday, December 11. According to Microsoft, many of the improvements found in
Office 2007 SP1 are in direct response to corporate/consumer feedback.
Although Microsoft has remained tight-lipped on the exact
contents of SP1, ZDNET uncovered these additions in mid-August:
In addition to these changes, there will be other small bug
fixes and security updates included to bring Office 2007 up to date.
Due to concerns from corporate customers afraid of compatibility
issues, SP1 will not be pushed out via Automatic Update Deployment. This will
give customers a chance to test the service pack out first before automatically
deploying it to all systems.