Why doesn’t Office just fix all of the bugs before they ship it

This is the first in a series of 3 related blog entries that will speak to common questions about how we develop and release the next version of Office.  Specifically, I’ll address the following topics:   1)      Why doesn’t Office just fix all of the bugs before they ship it? 2)      How does the ‘triage’…

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Excel Viewer 2003, Word Viewer 2003 and PowerPoint Viewer 2003 to retire

In accordance with the Microsoft Product Lifecycle Policy, we are now providing notice that the Excel Viewer 2003 and Word Viewer 2003 web downloads will leave support on December 31st, 2009. Notice was previously provided on the PowerPoint Viewer 2003 download page that the PowerPoint Viewer 2003 will be retired on October 16th, 2009. After…


December 2008 Update Release

On Tuesday, December 9th, 2008, Office released 18 security updates in 4 bulletins addressing a total of 15 security vulnerabilities. The security updates apply to the following products: Microsoft Office Excel 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, Excel Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer, and the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack and the 2007 Microsoft Office System, as described in security…