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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: Office
By SectionEight on 12/11/2007 3:21:47 PM , Rating: 4
I've been using Office 2007 since release and have had no problems whatsoever. It's by far the best version of Office. I used OpenOfffice for ~2 years prior, but once I saw Office07 in action, I gave up OO.

RE: Office
By Spyvie on 12/11/2007 3:37:47 PM , Rating: 3
I'm not saying 07 sucks, far from it, I had the preview and the trail version installed and liked them very much. The ribbon bar takes a little getting used too but all in all it's a solid release. The problem I have is pricing for the home/student user, if MS really wants to dominate the market they''ll have to make it much more affordable.

I understand capitalism, and I know MS can charge whatever they want for any of their products, but R&D costs aside (I know they are substantial) how much does it cost them to press another disk? I think their Office marketing strategy is fatally flawed, they should be practically giving it away for personal use. The result of their pricing and activation scheme is lots of users checking out the alternatives.

RE: Office
By ChronoReverse on 12/11/2007 3:47:11 PM , Rating: 2
You mean like this:

Office Ultimate 2007 for $59.95

RE: Office
By Spyvie on 12/11/2007 3:53:43 PM , Rating: 3
That's great! IF I had a .edu address...

What about the casual home user, or the IT pro without a TechNet subsciption.

I'm a long time MS suppoter, but they've lost me on this one, I'll continue to install OO every chance I get.

RE: Office
By drebo on 12/11/2007 4:36:01 PM , Rating: 3
Office Home and Student version, which includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote is available for $150 at virtually any computer shop. No need for an educational license or anything like that.

RE: Office
By erikstarcher on 12/11/2007 5:57:27 PM , Rating: 2
Home and Student is for 3 pc's also.

RE: Office
By Haltech on 12/11/2007 10:06:41 PM , Rating: 3
I guess you dont get what he is trying to say. He is saying he dosnt want to spend 150 dollars when he can basically get the same thing for free. And the .edu thing was for when you can pay only 60$. A reasonable offer but who exactly has a .edu address that dosnt already have Office/Student.

RE: Office
By Oobu on 12/12/2007 5:51:47 AM , Rating: 2
Becareful signing up for that. If you can't prove to them you're a current student at the particular institute you can get screwed. I don't buy it and think "Oh, I never received any emails from them asking for proof! I must be good to go." Microsoft says it can take up to twelve weeks before they ask you for proof. If you can't provide it, you're screwed.

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain

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