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Office 2007 SP1 Arriving Via Auto Update

Microsoft Office 2007 users will be able to get a new service pack delivered automatically via Microsoft Update as early as mid-next month.

Microsoft Office 2007 users will be able to get a new service pack delivered automatically via Microsoft Update as early as mid-next month. Service Pack 1 will stream to desktops and system administrators starting on June 16, according to a Microsoft announcement.

Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2007 has been available to Microsoft's customers since December, according to the announcement. However, it had not been available by automatic distribution.

Since there are lots of Office 2007 users, not everyone will get Service Pack 1 on June 16 -- that's just the start time for the distribution.

Microsoft is following a release practice it successfully used with Office 2003 Service Pack 3, according to its announcement. The idea is to delay automatic distribution of service packs to get feedback from an initial group of customers first.

A second prong of Microsoft's automatic update release approach concerns the timing of announcements. Microsoft plans to announce service packs that are released through Microsoft Update approximately 30 days in advance of the actual release date.

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

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