Microsoft has brought forward the launch of SP1 for Office 2007 to 11 December, after saying at November’s TechEd event in Barcelona that it wouldn’t be launched until early 2008.
SP1, which is designed to improve the stability, performance, and security of Office 2007, will be available to download next week according to a post on Microsoft’s Upstate New York Technology Team Weblog by John Rajunas, a technology specialist employed by the company.
According to Mr Rajunas, SP1 addresses key issues reported by customers, including removing deployment barriers, providing support for Windows Server 2008, and providing critical fixes to Project and Project Server.
Users’ concerns over Office 2007 SP1 being pushed out through its Automatic Update mechanism have been taken into account.
Microsoft now offers users a timeframe for releasing SP1 through Automatic Update. This will allow them to work out how it will play in their environments prior to deployment.