Office 2007 SP3 to be Released

Microsoft is preparing the release of Service Pack 3 for Office 2007. The release should come sometime before the end of 2011.

According to Microsoft in a post on October 6, on the Microsoft Office Updates blog:

“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.”

If users have been keeping their Automatic Updates for Office 2007 up to date then they already have installed most of what’s coming in SP3.

Another factor is size so it should be easier to install. SP3 is smaller than 2007 SP1, SP2 or even 2010 SP1. Microsoft expects to provide documentation detailing the changes and the affected packages on TechNet. Plus, unlike Office 2010 SP1, customers won’t be asked to deploy the accompanying Cumulative Update at the same time as the coming SP3.

Office 2007 SP3 Updates

Here is a list of the Applications that SP3 will initiate.

  • 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

Update procedures

To get the update go to the Microsoft Download Center and begin the manual download. If you do it through the Microsoft Update feature, then it will appear as a optional update.

Office 2003 Upgrades and others

If your office version is 2003, Microsoft recommends that you bypass the 2007 Office version and proceed to the Office 2010. Microsoft will continue to offer free mainstream support for Office 2010 until 2015. Also, note that mainstream, free support for Office 2007 ends next April, 2012 and for Office 2003  free support ends April 2014. Microsoft is offering this upgrade to allow users the time to apply it and test that it doesn’t cause problems. After April 2012, that support will not be free.

Source: Microsoft Blog

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