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.
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
quote: To successfully install SP1, you will need more free hard disk space than the size of the patch itself.