Microsoft readies Office 2007 Service Pack 3

Microsoft readies Office 2007 Service Pack 3

Summary: Users of Office 2007 can expect a third service pack (SP) for the product before the end of this calendar year. Mainstream, free support for Office 2007 ends next April.


Microsoft plans to release before the end of the year the third and  likely final service pack (SP) for Office 2007 before the product exists mainstream support in April 2012.

(Given Microsoft is referring to SP3 as the "October 2011 release," I'm thinking it probably will be out this month.)

"Service Pack 3 contains a roll-up of all 2007 Cumulative and Public Updates since Service Pack 2 for both Office client suites and applications as well as SharePoint Servers, in addition to some new fixes for issues discovered during the lifecycle of SP2," according to an October 6 post on the Microsoft Office Updates blog. Users who are up-to-date with Automatic Updates for Office 2007 already have installed most of what's coming in SP3, Microsoft officials said.

"SP3 is much smaller than 2007 SP1, SP2 or the recently released 2010 SP1. We will provide documentation detailing the changes and the affected packages on TechNet," company officials said. And unlike the case with Office 2010 SP1, customers won't be asked to deploy the accompanying Cumulative Update at the same time as the coming SP3.

SP3 will include changes in the following areas, according to Microsoft:

Office Client 2007 Suites Office SharePoint 2007 Servers Office SharePoint Search Server 2007 Office SharePoint Designer 2007 Office Project 2007 Office Visio 2007 Office Proofing tools 2007 Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook 2007 Office InterConnect 2007 Office Compatibility Pack PowerPoint Viewer Visio Viewer Office Servers Language Pack Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Office Access Runtime and Data Connectivity Components

The planned SP3 rollout will follow the usual procedures: "Initially SP3 will be offered through the Microsoft Download Center as a manual download, through Microsoft Update as an Optional update. No earlier than 90 days after release, we will convert SP3 to an Automatic Update for our 2007 customers," the Softies said.

Microsoft is advising Windows customers on Office 2003 (or earlier) who are considering upgrading to a new version of Office to go to Office 2010 rather than Office 2007, given that Office 2010 will continue to offer free mainstream support until 2015.

Microsoft released SP2 for Office 2007 in April 2009.

Topics: Collaboration, Microsoft, Software


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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  • SP2 required to install SP3?

    "Service Pack 3 contains a roll-up of all 2007 Cumulative and Public Updates since Service Pack 2"

    Can you please confirm that SP2 must have been installed before SP3?
    • RE: Microsoft readies Office 2007 Service Pack 3

      @RelaxWalk: Good question. I run Office 2010 SP1 but Office 2007 SP2 is installed on my Mum's laptop.<br><br>I'd say you don't need SP1 or SP2 installed first but this leads me to think otherwise: "SP3 is much smaller than 2007 SP1, SP2!"<br><br>AFAIK only Vista SP2 required SP1 to be installed first. All other service packs have been cumulative, so you never know.<br><br>Isn't it about time Vista SP3 was released? I know Microsoft policy nowadays is to pretend it doesn't exist but even so.
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  • RE: Microsoft readies Office 2007 Service Pack 3

    It better fix the graphics the printing problems!

    Edit: Oops...those are only in 2010. Never mind!
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  • Graphs in Access 2007

    Hope it fixes the blank graph until clicked on problem in A2007.
  • Any word of a Windows Vista SP3

    Lots of people still run it and where I work, we don't have the money to invest in Volume License, but the systems were preloaded at factory with Windows XP, so we might upgrade them with the freebie Windows Vista Business, but it would be obnoxious download all post SP2 updates.
  • Vista SP3 please

    Vista customers really need an SP3 and one that's cumulative. It takes ages to install post SP2 updates with the super-slow servicing in Vista. Does Microsoft care enough about Vista customers any more?
    • RE: Microsoft readies Office 2007 Service Pack 3

    • Re: Does Microsoft care enough about Vista customers any more?

      @anonymuos Why do you think the Vista installed base is declining so fast?
  • Ho-Hum

    Most Microsoft Office users seem happy with Office 2003.

    "Ribbon? What's that?"
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