Office 2007 SP1 is just around the corner

When the words Service Pack 1 (SP1) are tossed around these days, everyone 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:

  • Improved support for VSTO v3
  • Better Object Model documentation for coding
  • Improved support for .NET v3.5
  • PowerPoint animated text has been upgraded
  • Compatibility issues with previous Office file formats have been corrected
  • Changes have been made to DirectX video overlay

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.

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