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Microsoft releases updates for two popular software platforms

Microsoft has two presents for its customers today with the release of Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Office 2007 and Service Pack 3 (SP3) Release Candidate 1 (RC1) for Windows XP.

According to the Office 2007 SP1 whitepaper [DOC], Microsoft took steps to enhance its productivity suite in the areas of stability, performance and security.

In reference to stability, Microsoft addressed at least five bugs in each of its Office 2007 applications and improved the stability of its server components. Performance improved across the board with Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and the SharePoint Server seeing the biggest gains. Likewise, Microsoft made incremental improvements to security and offers better protection against malicious software.

Office 2007 SP1 can be downloaded directly from Microsoft and weighs in at 281MB.

Microsoft also has a surprise for customers that have stuck with the company's long-serving Windows XP operating system. Windows XP made the headlines in recent months for its increased popularity despite the introduction of Windows Vista.

SP3 includes 1,073 hotfixes and contains four new feature additions for customers: a new activation scheme, Network Access Protection Module, Microsoft Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module and a Black Hole Router detection algorithm.

Previous beta and release candidate versions of SP3 were available to beta testers, but RC1 is now available for the public to test.

Those who wish to try out Windows XP SP3 RC1 can download it directly from Microsoft.

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RE: SP3 hotfixes
By phatboye on 12/11/2007 2:11:37 PM , Rating: -1
I'm sure ms decided not to bundle every update since it's release in one service pack so that they could keep the download size relatively small. Can you imagine how large a download something like that would be?

RE: SP3 hotfixes
By ChronoReverse on 12/11/2007 2:14:11 PM , Rating: 2
A service pack includes all updates. It must since you can update from a completely blank XP installation directly to SP3

RE: SP3 hotfixes
By johnsonx on 12/11/2007 2:20:03 PM , Rating: 5
Please try not to say you're sure about something when you couldn't possibly have a clue. ALL Microsoft service packs since the beginning of time include all prior fixes and updates.

RE: SP3 hotfixes
By killerb255 on 12/11/07, Rating: 0
RE: SP3 hotfixes
By johnsonx on 12/11/2007 6:02:20 PM , Rating: 2
I knew someone would post the exception that proves the rule. Thanks KillerB

RE: SP3 hotfixes
By phatboye on 12/11/2007 5:49:28 PM , Rating: 2
I said that in response to Brandon Hill's quote
I should note, that my comment was in reference to the 1,073 hotfixes figure. That number should only include hotfixes since SP2 and not since the release of XP.

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