Microsoft readies three new Office service packs

Microsoft readies three new Office service packs

Summary: Microsoft plans to deliver the first service packs for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 in "mid-summer" 2011.The Softies also plan to deliver service pack 1 for Office 2011 for Mac the week of April 11.

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Microsoft plans to deliver the first service packs for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 in "mid-summer" 2011.The Softies also plan to deliver service pack 1 for Office 2011 for Mac the week of April 11.

Microsoft officials said earlier this year that the first service pack (SP1) for Office 2010/SharePoint 2010 would be out some time between May and November 2011. In an April 5 post to the "Microsoft Office Updates" blog, officials narrowed the target to mid-summer and said Microsoft representatives would have more to say about SP1 at the TechEd 2011 conference in mid-May.

The April 5 post noted that SP1 will consist of cmulative and public updates to date for the various point products that are part of Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. It also will include some other so-far unspecified fixes, which Microsoft officials said they'd detail between now and the time of the release. Products that will get fixes and updates include Office 2010 suites, Project 2010, Visio 2010, Office 2010 servers, Office Web Apps, Search Server 2010, SharePoint 2010 Products and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. Microsoft is planning to update all 40 SKU languages for Office when SP1 ships.

On the Mac side of the house, SP1 for Office 2011 next week. In addition to fixes, stability improvements and security updates, Office 2011 SP1 will also include new features, including improved Outlook syncing and unspecified "performance enhancements," according to a April 6 "Office for Mac" blog post.

The new Outlook syncing will enable calendar syncing between Outlook for Mac and Apple's Sync Services, enabling users to sync their Outlook calendar, contacts, notes and tasks "with any service or device that supports Sync Services," including iPhones and iPads, the Softies said.

But it's not all good news for those wanting to take advantage of the new sync capabilities.  Apple's MobileMe will no longer sync with MacOS Sync Services as of May 5 (or now, for those who've already moved to the new version of the MobileMe calendar). The result: Outlook 2011 SP1 calendars that sync with Sync Services on the Mac, will NOT be synced with MobileMe calendars.

Microsoft execs told GeekWire.com that Apple’s decision to uncouple MobileMe from its Sync Services next month was “an unfortunate surprise” to Microsoft. There's no word on when Microsoft will have an update to SP1 to accommodate Apple's change.

Microsoft launched Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 in May 2010. The company launched Office 2011 in late October 2010.

Topics: Collaboration, Microsoft, Software

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  • Question

    I have one question, why use Office 2010 when Office 2007 is perfect?! I wish they didn't use years in their versions 2007 sounds old now but it gets the job done. 2010 is Office Vista.
    Hasam1991
    • RE: Microsoft readies three new Office service packs

      @Hasam1991
      Mostly changes to Outlook, which some people like. Office 2010 brings many refinements to 2007. I agree though that's it's an expensive upgrade, not exactly justified for many. But you have to remember that there are brand new Microsoft Office users every day and that they have no reason to purchase 2007 over 2010 (if that's still even possible).
      artstate
      • RE: Microsoft readies three new Office service packs

        @artstate: I only paid 10 bucks for Office 2010, through the Microsoft Home Use programme :-D. The company I work for is signed up to it.
        bradavon
      • RE: Microsoft readies three new Office service packs

        @bradavon
        Yea, that's definitely an advantage! Students also get the full Professional suite for $80 or $90, so they're in luck too.
        artstate
      • RE: Microsoft readies three new Office service packs

        @artstate There is also the Student Option if your educational institution has a Microsoft School Agreement license type. You can license the full version of Office 2010 Professional Plus to students for about $15 a year. The license is with the school, you get the students to pay. The OS can also be done for an extra $7-8, eligible for all version upgrades too. Management is a pain though must use the school's license keys, more management for IT but students and families win.
        aredubbya
      • RE: Microsoft readies three new Office service packs

        @artstate I had same dilemma as you, but 2007 had 1 big error: email were moved to junk although people were in address book. Switched to 2010 and everything ok. <br>Hope this helps, <a href="http://www.ofertareonline.ro">Termopane</a>
        termopane
    • RE: Microsoft readies three new Office service packs

      @Hasam1991 <br><br><i>" I wish they didn't use years in their versions <strong>2007 sounds old</strong> ..."</i><br><br>That's the point of using the year.
      Return_of_the_jedi
      • RE: Microsoft readies three new Office service packs

        @Return_of_the_jedi

        If people make pointless upgrades based on the fact that the name sounds old I think they deserve to be fleeced :p
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      @Hasam1991

      I liked the return of the File tab in Word 2010. There are also a lot of nice smaller changes, such as new conditional formatting options in Excel. Outlook is much better in 2010 as well. I also got an educational discount making it $80, so that was an easy purchase to make.
      DonRupertBitByte
    • RE: Microsoft readies three new Office service packs

      @Hasam1991: Have you actually used Office 2010? It's much better than Office 2007, especially Outlook which is a big upgrade in usability. The Backstage File menu is also very good. All apps open much quicker too. Outlook aside it's not much different but it's certainly more optimized.

      Office 2010 is Vista's Office suite What?
      bradavon
    • RE: Microsoft readies three new Office service packs

      @Hasam1991 ... Outlook 2010 is single-handedly the biggest reason to upgrade. I love a lot of the new functionality like multiple Exchange accounts (finally!), Mailbox Cleanup, Ignore Conversation, and Quick Steps macros.

      Aside from that, it really largely depends on how cloud-based your workflow is. If you take advantage of SharePoint or SkyDrive, it's fantastic. If not, then it's mostly irrelevant.
      GoodThings2Life
    • RE: Microsoft readies three new Office service packs

      @Hasam1991

      Why use Office at all when t's a resource hog?
      fairportfan
    • RE: Microsoft readies three new Office service packs

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      I agree with the MS Office 2007 to be satisfactory but the thing is, time changes that every versions have a bit of add-on and improvements that includes SP. MS Office 2010 is way better than 2007 as of now.

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    • RE: Microsoft readies three new Office service packs

      Sorry for double post
      termopane
  • RE: Microsoft readies three new Office service packs

    I just hope SP1 brings back Bob - I miss him!
    Gr8Music
    • RE: Microsoft readies three new Office service packs

      @Gr8Music: And the Office Assistant :-D.
      bradavon