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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: feature addition FOR customers?
By phatboye on 12/11/2007 2:13:14 PM , Rating: 1
I don't see how that would help anyone. By the time you get to the point were you can install sp3 you have already entered your product key.

By ChronoReverse on 12/11/2007 2:15:10 PM , Rating: 2
Ever heard of slipstreaming? There'll definitely be Windows XP SP3 cds floating around soon (I'll be making one too).

RE: feature addition FOR customers?
By johnsonx on 12/11/2007 2:17:09 PM , Rating: 2
OEM CD's son, OEM CD's.

or slipstream too, though I'll more than likely have an OEM CD before I get around to slipstream.

RE: feature addition FOR customers?
By bupkus on 12/11/2007 5:17:56 PM , Rating: 3
What are you referring to about OEM? The most up2date XP CD I have includes SP1 which I use because of the restrictions on hdd size in pre SP1 CDs.

RE: feature addition FOR customers?
By johnsonx on 12/11/2007 6:13:05 PM , Rating: 2
Well you gotta get with the times. SP2, SP2b and now in the last month or two SP2c CD's have been availble. SP2c is required now because the latest OEM CD's come with new product keys that won't work with the installer on prior versions. There don't seem to be any new patches in SP2c though, it still downloads 80-odd patches after install.

RE: feature addition FOR customers?
By johnsonx on 12/11/2007 6:15:37 PM , Rating: 2
oh, this is probably a better answer to your post:

Sorry for the long URL, but that will show the OEM Windows XP Pro SP2c packages. Note that the SP2B is listed, but out of stock and listed as replaced by the SP2c.

RE: feature addition FOR customers?
By drebo on 12/11/2007 2:17:12 PM , Rating: 2
Not if you're installing from an SP3 disk in an OEM environment.

RE: feature addition FOR customers?
By phatboye on 12/11/2007 5:45:12 PM , Rating: 1
I swear the posters on this site either work for ms or it has a lot of ms fanbois. Why did I get my post ranked down for something like my last statement. Oh god I am so sorry I didn't think about OEM customers or slipstreaming in my last comment.

::rolls eyes::

RE: feature addition FOR customers?
By johnsonx on 12/11/2007 6:09:22 PM , Rating: 2
You got modded down because your observation was non-sensical. You basically implied that a new feature of SP3 was useless since you personally hadn't yet thought of how to use it.

RE: feature addition FOR customers?
By phatboye on 12/11/2007 7:36:41 PM , Rating: 3
Even still it's not like I was trying to flame. I don't think it was worth getting voted down for that.

RE: feature addition FOR customers?
By rdeegvainl on 12/12/2007 2:39:17 AM , Rating: 3
The voting buttons say worth reading and not worth reading. So if people thought your post was not worth reading they voted it down. It's not a popularity contest.

RE: feature addition FOR customers?
By StevoLincolnite on 12/12/2007 6:15:56 AM , Rating: 3
Its actually more complex than that, while someone who doesn't agree with you're view will vote you down, someone that does will vote you up, so its actually not really based on you're personal views and whether you're right or wrong, its more about whether someone else agrees with you or not, or in the case of some people (*Cough* Michael *Cough*) - They get rated down because they are disliked.

RE: feature addition FOR customers?
By jonmcc33 on 12/12/2007 7:59:48 AM , Rating: 1
Yes, because this is a stupid popularity contest. <rolls eyes>

By Oregonian2 on 12/13/2007 1:37:11 PM , Rating: 3
Partially, but not really. At least for me, I only vote-up something that says something I would have posted (or something better than I would have). It's important that somebody already did it because the vote only counts if I don't post myself to that topic. The positive means "thanks for the great post" or means "ditto", depending on the posting. Voting down is trickier. I only vote down something that is completely off base to the point of "harm" but in a way such that I don't want to post myself to correct the problem. Usually can do that only when someone else already has posted a correction, else I'll have to post (which keeps me from voting and have it count).

I'll occasionally get a ding'ed posting even when what I post is 100% factual (and not argumentative) -- so I agree that sometimes there could be some fanboy reactions to people who post the "wrong facts", but I think this is relatively rare.

P.S. - I've gotten into a few ... uh .. strong discussions with Michael upon occasion even though I agree with him 90% of the time. So there's give and take on everything.

RE: feature addition FOR customers?
By codeThug on 12/11/07, Rating: 0
RE: feature addition FOR customers?
By drebo on 12/11/2007 10:43:01 PM , Rating: 1
Snow Crash reference?

First time I've seen one of those...I didn't think anyone else has ever read that book.

RE: feature addition FOR customers?
By codeThug on 12/11/2007 11:50:43 PM , Rating: 2

pooning is my favorite hobby!

By Lord Evermore on 12/12/2007 5:58:04 AM , Rating: 2
I read it. It was BORING.

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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