Surprise! Office 2007 SP1 Arrives Early

In a welcome change, Microsoft actually delivered earlier than expected the first service pack (SP1) for the 2007 Office System.

SP1's improvements, which were in direct response to customer complaints, concentrated on performance, stability and security across desktop applications and servers. Some of the improvements include support for deploying AJAX so developers can better create customized Web parts for users; better management capabilities so IT admins can better consolidate or repartition site collections across SharePoint databases; performance improvements to Outlook 2007, particularly in working with PST/OST files; and feature improvements in performance and stability in working with Project 2007 and Project Server 2007.

"We think SP1 provides the stability and performance improvements that key in on customers' productivity concerns, and beefs up security precautions in order to stay ahead of the latest threats from malicious software and other risks," said Reed Shaffner, Microsoft's Office product manager. "Crashes are one of the most frustrating experiences customers have, and the team worked hard with SP1 to make our products more stable."

More information about the improvements contained in SP1 can be found here.

Posted by Ed Scannell on December 13, 2007 at 11:57 AM