The first Office 2007 Service Pack 1 beta is out

The first Office 2007 Service Pack 1 beta is out

Summary: On August 15, Microsoft released to a select set of testers a first beta drop of Service Pack (SP) 1 for Office 2007. What's in it? When's the final release due? Microsoft won't say.

TOPICS: Microsoft

On August 15, Microsoft released to a select set of testers a first beta drop of Service Pack (SP) 1 for Office 2007.

The beta appears to be available to members of the Office 2007 Technology Adoption Program (TAP)only at this point.

Microsoft released to manufacturing (RTM'd) Office 2007 on November 6, 2006.

Microsoft officials confirmed the availabilty of the Office 2007 SP1 Beta but declined to share any information on what fixes and updates are included in the pack. The Office team also declined to provide a final release target date for the service pack.

The only statement the team would provide, via a spokeswoman:

"We have a long history of securing feedback around future technologies from customer and partners.  We have invited a very small number of customers and partners to participate in early testing of future products. We have nothing new to share around timing of future releases."

Aubrey Moren, a contributor to the Windows Connected site, posted about availabilty of the first Office 2007 SP 1 Beta.

Moren said he wasn't sure what new functionality, if any, was in the service pack beta. But he did notice a change in the way Microsoft is branding service packs.

"In prior releases, the Help -> About screen would indicate what Service Pack, if any, was installed. The code for that text was extracted from the MSO.DLL file, and that presented some issues," Moren explained. "For example, if a user had installed Office Professional and subsequently installed a Service Pack for it (updating the MSO.DLL file), other Office products on that computer, such as Project or Visio, would also indicate they were at that Service Pack level, even if they had not been patched. Despite Microsoft's insistence upon using Add/Remove programs to verify whether or not Service Packs had been installed, many people were still using the About screen, and this was leading to Service Packs not being applied, leaving programs open to vulnerabilities.

"In Office 2007, the About screen now shows the version number for the product's .exe file and the MSO.DLL file, which will give a much more accurate picture of the patch level of the program in question," Moren added.

So it looks like service pack secrecy -- for whatever inexplicable reasons --  is continuing at Microsoft. Anyone out there got any additional info on what's new in Office 2007 SP1 and when the final is likely to hit?

Topic: Microsoft


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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  • office 2007 sp

    hopefully they'll address the speed issues. all of the code i've written takes twice as long to run in office 2007 than it does in office 2003.
  • Things included

    Better support for VSTO ver 3.

    More complete Object Model documentation for coding.

    Better support for .NET ver 3.5

    Improvements to animated text rendering. (Think PowerPoint)

    Corection of some compatibility issues with earlier versions of Office.

    Minor changes in using DirectX. (Video overlay)

    And the ususal minor collection of this and that.
  • More Bloat

    There will be more Bloat so Windows 7 can be used to justify even more memory and faster processors so the apps that were written in O2000 will run as quickly in O2010.

    The Bloat Farm inmates have no clue on how to write efficient code in under 100gB.

    There is a reason why we'll all need 1TB drives in the future: a 900gB OS from the Bloat Farm.
    Jeremy W
    • What?

      "There will be more Bloat so Windows 7 can be used to justify even more memory and faster processors"

      Huh? The service pack includes "more Bloat", which will allow Windows 7 the justify more hardware? You're saying that something in this SP update will affect whether Win7 would need more hardware?

    • Ummm, do grasp the diiference between Office and Windows?

      Clueless in the extreme...
      • Obvious

        When you release a half finished OS with loads of yet to be delivered security patches, it requires yet more memory to run efficiently. (Remember when XP machines could get by on 256mB? After a few years of ripping out old defective software and adding newly defective but bigger and slower code, XP can hardly run in "only" 256mB. Now, try to run even Vista Crippled on 512mB. It is impossible because of Bloatware.)

        After all the usual MSFT Bloatware is shoveled in (give it a few years; remember XP before so much code was torn out and relaced?) all of your new whiz-bang processor speed will be used up executing all the new Bloatpatches. You'll need far more memory.

        Then, SHAZAM!!! the latest version of Windows Bloatware (Windows Bloatware 7) from the Bloatfarm will magically appear.

        Of course, there will be a new bloatware addressing scheme so you can use 16mB of ram and that new 32 processor chip will use 30 of them to process Bloatfarm OS instructions while your app uses the last two.

        Yes, the eyecandy may be better but the overall experience will have been degraded by the Bloatfarm.
        Jeremy W
        • Grow up!

          You could get by on 256MB RAM on XP ... but you wouldn't WANT to. I rmemeber when XP was release people like you moaned about how you could get by with 32MB RAM on Windows 95.

          Vista on 512MB RAM is not crippled because it's Bloatware. There's a TON more going on in the OS in Vista to improve your experience and keep you safer. You should review Jeff Jones' work ( which sheds a very different light on your typically uninformed anything-but-microsoft-fanboy rantings.

          As Apple are now learning, building secure software and platforms in todays' world is a very different proposition than in the past.

          So, please, before you fire off yet another immature rant, take a step back. Relinquish some of your fanaticism and take a good hard look at what's going on in the industry and recognize that evolving and innovating in a world where security and reliability has become *the issue* for most users is a challenge that we ALL face, regardless of our platofrm of choice.

          Then ask yourself who is instituting procedures and practices to close the gap (because that's all we can do) between how things SHOULD work and how hackers want them to work.
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