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Microsoft Recalls SharePoint 2013 SP1

Microsoft on Thursday said it is blocking downloads of the recently released Service Pack 1 (SP1) for SharePoint Server 2013.

Microsoft released SharePoint Server 2013 SP1 in late February or early March through the Microsoft Download Center. However, access to the bits has now been "deactivated."

"As a precautionary measure, we have deactivated the download page until a new package is published," a Microsoft support article states. The problem appears to be that some organizations have had problems getting cumulative updates or patches after installing the service pack, according to the article.

No information was provided about when an updated service pack would be available. At press time, attempting to download SP1 for SharePoint Server 2013 returns a page not found message.

SP1 for SharePoint was highlighted back in March as part of Microsoft's SharePoint Conference event. Bill Baer, a senior product marketing manager for the SharePoint product group, pointed to three new capabilities enabled by SP1 in a blog post. SP1 lets organizations access OneDrive for Business, Microsoft's cloud storage solution for businesses, in hybrid network scenarios. Second, SharePoint Newsfeed can be replaced by Yammer for enterprise social networking with the service pack. Lastly, SP1 adds an enhancement for developers by allowing better control over the level of metadata received with the use of JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) Light, according to Baer.

Another important function of SP1 for SharePoint Server 2013 is that it adds product compatibility with Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft's latest flagship server operating system. It also adds support for Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft's current flagship browser release.

SP1 contains 45 bug fixes specifically for SharePoint Server 2013. It also includes all security updates released through January, plus all cumulative updates through December.

About the Author

Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

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