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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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By NoNoBadDog on 12/11/2007 4:15:20 PM , Rating: 2
The option to add an address toolbar to the taskbar is no longer available after installing this BETA RC1. Sure hope this gets fixed in the final release. Is there a site where I can report this bug directly to Microsoft?

By darkpaw on 12/11/2007 5:57:58 PM , Rating: 2
Might be able to report it at Not sure how they handle the public betas/RC, but there usually is a place on there for submitting bugs/issues with the other betas.

By johnsonx on 12/11/2007 8:01:30 PM , Rating: 1
oh, showstopper! I've been using the address bar on the taskbar for years now, both in XP and Vista. SP3 can kiss my a$$ until they fix that one.

By Blight AC on 12/18/2007 11:40:44 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, that's rather interesting. I can seem them disabling it in Vista, after all, you just click on the Start button and type in your address, hit enter and your all set (or hit the Windows key), but there is no text bar in XP like there is on the Vista menu. I wonder what the reasoning behind that was. I have added the Address bar to my Vista toolbar, and to my XP machines via an additional toolbar (along the top of my desktop), but I find I never, or very rarely use them. But I could see it being an issue for those who are used to it.

I used to use the Mozilla browser and loved the Ctrl+Enter to open an address in a new tab, but since it's no longer supported, I have since switched to Firefox, and hate the Alt+Enter to get a new toolbar.. pisses me off that they won't even just add it as an option.

You can however, add the Address bar to other persistent toolbars. Like one that's created if you drag the My Computer icon to the edge of your Desktop (drag to an edge, like the top edge and release mouse button).

By Noliving on 12/11/2007 8:12:40 PM , Rating: 3
If I'm not mistaken with my research on the sp3 for xp, this isn't a bug, microsoft is actually removing this feature from xp.

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