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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: no new obvious features?
By retrospooty on 12/12/2007 10:04:38 AM , Rating: 4
Not surprising you both got rated way down... Anything anti Vista takes a hit.

The pro Vista crowd is convinced that because it runs OK on their particular computers with their particular parts that it therefore works perfect for everyone, therefore anyone that had issues is 100% user error.

Ugh. it gets tiring.


RE: no new obvious features?
By Oregonian2 on 12/13/2007 1:49:19 PM , Rating: 2
Also with their particular software. I've comparatively niche software that has compatibility problems which makes Vista unusable until the problems are fixed (which they may be with the SP1, we'll see). Particularly a problem for software whose company is no longer with us (Vista update not coming soon).

P.S. - It'd be nice if Microsoft had a legally downloadable free version of Vista that would expire in a month "period". Goes dead in a month no matter what, has to be uninstalled. But free, and legit. I could then use it on a older laptop (won't care if it runs slow, but hopefully it'll run) and experiment with compatibility problems (with a bit of time to try and get around or investigate problems).


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