First Office 2007, SharePoint 2007 service packs ready for download

First Office 2007, SharePoint 2007 service packs ready for download

Summary: Microsoft has released the first service pack (SPs) for Office 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007 -- a calendar quarter ahead of schedule. So what's coming in the first Office System 2007 SP update and how is it being rolled out? Read on.

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On December 11, Microsoft released the first service pack (SP) for Office 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007 -- a calendar quarter ahead of schedule.

The new service packs, known collectively as "the 2007 Microsoft Office System Service Pack 1," roll up the various Office 2007 and SharePoint 2007 fixes and updates that Microsoft has pushed out individually over the past year. The Office System SP1 bits can be downloaded now. A list of what's in the service pack can be found in this whitepaper.

The SharePoint 2007 SP1 update also is required for users who are planning to run SharePoint Server 2007 on Windows Server 2008, which is due out in the first quarter of next year. Without SP1, SharePoint Server 2007 is not compatible with Windows Server 2008.

Microsoft is not going to push the new Office/SharePoint packs to users via Windows Update/Automatic Update -- which should be a relief for administrators who are dealing on December 11 with Microsoft's regular pile of patches released as part of its monthly Patch Tuesday event.

Instead, Microsoft initially is putting the Office and SharePoint service packs on Microsoft Update (MU) and the company's Download Center sites. Some time three to six months from now, Microsoft is planning to push the Office 2007 SP1 and SharePoint Server 2007 SP1 builds via Automatic Update, but it will give users a 30-day notice before doing so, officials said. There is no blocker tool akin to the Windows one for Office service packs and currently no plans for Microsoft to release one, officials added.

There don't seem to be any huge, show-stopper bugs that Microsoft is addressing in either of the new service packs.

"On the desktop, the most prominent fix is in Excel," said Rob Helm, director of research with the Directions on Microsoft research firm. "'When inputting calculations that should result in numbers 65,534 through 65,536, Office Excel 2007 no longer returns the display error of 100,001.' That was an embarassing problem and a real confidence-sapper in all the financial firms that use Excel for business-critical models."

Microsoft officials said the service packs also fixed "at minimum" the five software bugs that crash most frequently each application that comprises the Office 2007 suite. The SP also improves the performance of Excel 2007, Outlook 2007 (where there were "lots of customer pain points," Microsoft officials acknowledge), PowerPoint 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007 and provides "incremental advances" in security.

Directions on Microsoft's Helms said, "What I'm hoping to see is fixes in performance, especially on Windows Vista. That has been a real sticking point with users, although it's hard to know who to blame, Office or the OS (operating system)."

What else are you hoping to see fixed with Office 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007 with SP1?

Topics: Collaboration, Enterprise Software, Microsoft, Software

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Outlook 2007 Slowness

    Hopefully this fixes the unbearably slow performance of Outlook 2007. (For some reason, clicking on an HTML e-mail causes Outlook to freeze for a good 5-10 seconds before it is rendered. This has happened on three different machines.)
    npiaseck
    • Re: Outlook 2007 Slowness

      Agreed. The performance of Outlook 2007 alone had me almost going back to re-installing my Office 03 suite altogether...
      gfgoblue
      • Fixed?

        In the eWeek article about the update, a MS spokesman said "General Outlook performance has been greatly improved, as has the way HTML is presented in Outlook."

        We'll see. I haven't dared try it yet.
        rseiler
        • I only installed Outlook 2007 because I use Windows Mobile cell phone.

          I use Thunderbird as my email client. I installed Outlook 2007 because I have a Windows Mobile cell phone. And that only syncs to Outlook.

          So I'm only using Outlook for Calendar and Contacts.
          It is quick using those parts. I can only complain over a couple of glitches concerning daylight saving, time zones and birthdays.

          After yesterday's Patch Tuesday update I have noticed a couple of slow downs in Vista. Especially Thunderbird!

          I'm wondering if I should clear out the pre-fetch cache, and let Vista re-create it. Shouldn't have to thought!
          I am Gorby
        • No

          For what it's worth, my Outlook 2007 is still as piggy as ever when it comes to HTML messages.
          npiaseck
  • RE: First Office 2007, SharePoint 2007 service packs ready for download

    Linked objects, such as Excel spreadsheets, print as black boxes in Word 2007. We have had to open the Word 2007 doc in Word 2003 and update the links to fix the problem - a real pain! This and Word 2007 crashes caused me to return to Office 2003. If they fixed these problems, I will gladly return to 2007.
    aprayzr1
  • RE: First Office 2007, SharePoint 2007 service packs ready for download

    First, it took forever to download despite a fast cable connection and quad-core computer.

    Second - and more important - when will MS fix the "windows explorer has stopped working" bug that is driving us crazy?
    public99
  • MS Project 2007 included in Office SP1?

    One of the most critical issues Microsoft is facing at this time, in my opinion, is the fact that Project 2007 is not downward compatible. Files created in Project 2007 and saved in a down rev version are subject to corruption to the extent that the down rev files are not usable. This problem has been recognized and documented by Microsoft, but at this point there has been no commitment as to a fix date other than it will be fixed to an extent in SP1. Hence my question: Does the Office 2007 SP1 include Project 2007? If not, when will the Project 2007 SP1 be available?
    goodde0944
    • re: MS Project 2007 included in Office SP1?

      Separate SP1s were issued for Project 2007 and Visio 2007 along with Office 2007. http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/FX100647101033.aspx
      reverseswing
  • RE: First Office 2007, SharePoint 2007 service packs ready for download

    I hope that the long delay for 2007 excell to load a recent document
    wantobea7
  • Excell to long to open document

    I hope the fix for excell to open a document from previously opened or froma a folder will open. I have had it take five minutes. It is always faster to open the document from within excell. I never had this problem with Office 2003. Just 2007
    wantobea7