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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 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.


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