Microsoft delivers Service Pack 1 for Office 2013 client and servers

Microsoft delivers Service Pack 1 for Office 2013 client and servers

Summary: Microsoft is making Service Pack 1 for Office 2013, SharePoint 2013 and Exchange 2013 available for immediate download.


Late last year, Microsoft execs said to expect the company to make available Service Pack 1 for Office 2013 and its complementary servers in "early 2014."


Today, February 25, Microsoft is making good on its promise and making SP1 available for its latest Office client, SharePoint 2013 and Exchange 2013. SP1 includes a variety of stability, security and functionality updates and fixes across the Office family.

For Office client and SharePoint Server, here's a partial list of what's included in SP1:

  • Compatibility fixes for Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11 for client and for Windows Server 2012 R2 for server
  • Better support for modern hardware, such as high DPI devices and the precision touchpad.
  • New APIs for developers.
  • Power Map for Excel, a 3D visualization tool for mapping, exploring, and interacting with geographical and temporal data in Excel, is now available to Office 365 ProPlus subscription customers
  • Improvements to the Click-to-Run virtualization technology that installs and updates Office 365 desktop applications.
  • SkyDrive Pro is now OneDrive for Business

Office 2013 SP1 also includes all public updates and cumulative updates that Microsoft has released between the date when Office 2013 became available (fall 2013) through early this year.

Here's a list of all the fixes in Office 2013 SP1 and SharePoint 2013 SP1.

At the end of last year, Microsoft officials shared a partial list of what would be included in Exchange SP1. Those features include support for Windows Server 2012 R2; support for S/MIME in OWA will be brought back in SP1 (With SP1 customers will have S/MIME support across Outlook, Exchange ActiveSync clients, and OWA); and inclusion of the Edge Transport server role.

Here's the download link for Exchange Server 2013 SP1, and Microsoft's new blog post detailing the updates included.

The SP1 updates for the Windows Installer (MSI) versions of the Office 2013 desktop products and SharePoint 2013 Server available from the Microsoft Download Center, Windows Update and WSUS starting today. After a 30-day period, SP1 will begin releasing as an automatic update through Microsoft Update, Microsoft officials said. For those with Office 365, Microsoft will be including the SP1 changes automatically in their next regular update, Microsoft execs said.

Here's the 32-bit version of Office 2013 SP1; here's the 64-bit SP1 download.

Update: Microsoft also is making updates to Office RT (the version of Office that's bundled with Windows RT) available today, as well. Users will get the SP1 features via Windows Update starting today, a spokesperson said. Project Server also is getting SP1 updates today, too.

Update (February 27): For Office 365 users who just can't wait, WinSupersite's Paul Thurrott has instructions on how to force SP1 early.

Topics: Windows 8, Enterprise Software, IT Priorities, Microsoft, IT Policies, IT Security in the Snowden Era


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  • Office 365

    Office 365: File -> Account

    There should be an area saying there is an update available.

    Dunno if that's technically Service Pack 1, but I did find an update. SkyDrive was renamed to OneDrive.
  • I'm Actually Afraid To Use Windows Update Anymore

    I'm running Windows 8 and Office 2013 on my Lenovo Ideatab, but I refuse to update to 8.1 because I don't use Metro apps anyhow!

    I will not install Office 2013 SP1 either.

    2013 sucks, because MS unnecessarily moved everything around and changed all basic functionality to both confuse you and create the idea that this new version warrants an upgrade... Typical MS trickery.

    I learned a long time ago that MS updates break more than they fix.
    • The bigger Win8.1 changes are to the Desktop :-|

      No idea what you mean about Office 2013 "moved everything around and changed all basic functionality".

      It's far to flat and white (making it a lot less clear what the buttons do) but functions in much the same way as Office 2010.
      • Don't bother

        Nobody really takes Orandy seriously.
        Michael Alan Goff
    • orandy, your logic reveals too much about you.

      Win 8.1 gives you a lot of non-metro features, but obviously you are not interested in speaking objectively.
      • orandy has never tried Win 8

        His "so called" knowledge about Windows has been questioned many times...but its fun to read his stuff because its so poorly written and ridiculous.
        Sean Foley
    • No they didn't "move everything around" in Office 2013

      The layout of items on the ribbon is essentially the same as it was in Office 2010 and Office 2007.

      Perhaps you haven't used Office since Office 2003 (or even before, perhaps Office 97)?

      In which case, why are you even commenting?
      Ian Easson
  • What about the consumer Click-to-Run editions?

    Is SP1 being rolled out for them at the same time as the Windows Installer versions?

    The consumer Click-to-Run editions (e.g. Home and Student/Home and Business) don't use Microsoft Update or WSUS.
    • Click-to-Run

      I assume you can just go download it, or look for some sort of update mechanism within the program itself. One of the two. I can't be sure, I only have it on my RT device and so it uses Windows Update.
      Michael Alan Goff
      • Click to run

        I can't speak first hand for office, but another click to run that I use automatically updates upon launch. My assumption would be that it's the same concept here.
  • I will say I'm disappointed with the color themes.

    I will say I'm disappointed with the color themes in Office 2013/365. Three shades of white, really? Not even a choice of color anymore?

    Why restrict everything to grayscale?

    They didn't even try to do anything with color themes this time around. It's pretty sad.
    • Apple

      Hint: are you able to change color theme in Mac OS X? iOS X?..
      • Well...

        Does Microsoft need to be like Apple? A color theme editor won't hurt the product. I probably wouldn't use it, but I know there are some people out there who are not satisfied with the few color themes provided, especially since Office lacks a real dark theme like the Visual Studio IDE, for example, offers.
      • Actually you can change the "Color"

        Of the menus, when you highlight an item. In System Preferences, click General, there are two choices for "Appearance" (Blue, and Graphite), and 8 choices, and "other" for highlight colors. The simple fact those options exist, shoots your "are you able to change color theme in Mac OS X?' rant down in flames.
        I hate trolls also
      • Somebody else does it, therefore it's good?

        Somebody else does it, therefore it's good?

        Eh, no.
    • Yeah, buy any of the later MS Office products, get sued for eyestrain

      Some business friends of mine thought they did me a favor buying me a new computer so I'd not have to bring in my own. It had MS Office 2007, my first exposure to it. GLARE BLUE AND GLARE WHITE and BUGGY. All I could think of was, 'wth?' and told them, 'no thank you, I'll work from home'. If I were an employee faced with that, wow I could have blamed my eyestrain on the interface, and sued.

      When you buy an MS product, you agree to hold them harmless (legal term meaning you can't sue them) -- but you can still sue your employer. NEVER IN MY LIFETIME will I use an MS Office product for my employees, which is later than 2003. WordPerfect is no better, in later versions. It's as if everyone has gone mad. Even the websites are becoming ever more glare-y and garish. What's happened to the programmers? Are they on pot?
      • Postscript

        That anecdote happened back in 2008.
  • Why does a Service Pack for an Office suite have to be so HUGE!

    I remember Office 2000 was like 29 MBs!
    • They have to fix all those holes

      Its the holes and bugs they have to fix and generally they are not minor fixes. They require a lot of code re write.
  • Never liked 2013 over 2007

    Maybe the 2013 Student and teacher is different. But I never liked 2013 as much as 2007.
    I think the change to one license vs 3 previous is not a great move either.
    It got me to try Open Office which might not be so nice in its UI as Office. But I like the price.