Announcing Service Pack 3 for Office 2007 and SharePoint 2007

Today we’re pleased to announce the 3rd (and likely final) Service Pack release for Office 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007. We are targeting a release date within Calendar Q4 2011. As we approach the date we will have more to share on exact timing.

We are offering this release in preparation for the April October 2012 end of mainstream support for the 2007 client and server products. The October 2011 release provides a 6-month window to test and deploy the release prior to exiting mainstream support. (note: the correction is due to an error in the support date that was fixed on the product support lifecycle web page. The correct date is October).

Upgrading to Office 2010 is also an option for those who are still using Office 2007. Office 2010 will remain in mainstream support until 2015, and this path provides a much better option for those looking to upgrade from Office 2003 prior to its end of life, scheduled for April 2014.

For those of you hoping to test SP3 prior to its deployment, we will continue or standard practice with Service Pack releases. Initially SP3 will be offered through the Microsoft Download Center as a manual download, through Microsoft Update as an Optional update. No earlier than 90 days after release, we will convert SP3 to an Automatic Update for our 2007 customers.

Service Pack 3 contains a roll-up of all 2007 Cumulative and Public Updates since Service Pack 2 for both Office client suites and applications as well as SharePoint Servers, in addition to some new fixes for issues discovered during the lifecycle of SP2.

For each of these products, if you are current with Automatic Updates for Office 2007, you have already installed most of the changes in the release. SP3 is much smaller than 2007 SP1, SP2 or the recently released 2010 SP1. We will provide documentation detailing the changes and the affected packages on TechNet.

The deployment experience should be straightforward. Unlike 2010 SP1, we will not be asking customers to deploy the accompanying Cumulative Update at the same time. Our deployment guidance for 2007 servers remains consistent with the guidance we have provided in the past. Office Client deployment for SP3 will also remain consistent with prior guidance.

SP3 will include changes in the following areas:

Office Client 2007 Suites
Office SharePoint 2007 Servers
Office SharePoint Search Server 2007
Office SharePoint Designer 2007
Office Project 2007
Office Visio 2007
Office Proofing tools 2007
Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook 2007
Office InterConnect 2007
Office Compatibility Pack
PowerPoint Viewer
Visio Viewer
Office Servers Language Pack
Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
Office Access Runtime and Data Connectivity Components 

Comments (18)
  1. @ Bryan and @ Andrew : If the version of the Office Suite installed on your system was delivered with a component updated with SP3, the system will be offered updates for it whether the component is installed or not. The detection logic used to scan for affected systems is designed to check for updates for all components that shipped with the particular Office Suite and offer the updates to a system. Users who choose not to apply an update for a component that is not installed, but is included in their version of the Office Suite, will not increase the security risk of that system. On the other hand, users who do choose to install the update will not have a negative impact on the security or performance of a system.

    @ George D. : After the full installation of the SP3 updates, the About section should indicate SP3.

  2. @JairJy, we'll update on release contents in a future post. Nothing to announce at this time.

    @git98, you'll have to ask the Windows blog that question…

    @XPClient, we'll update on release contents in a future post.

  3. JairJy says:

    Any improvements about OOXML and ODF?

  4. git98 says:

    I want to know when Microsoft will be releasing Windows Vista Service Pack 3.

  5. xpclient says:

    Really happy to see Office Sustained Engineering delivering three service packs to every Office product. Don't forget the other smaller components like BCM 2007, Filter Pack 2007, Excel Viewer and Office 2003 Web Components shipped with Office 2007. Also Calendar Printing Assistant needs to work with Outlook 2010. Will that be addressed in SP3?

  6. Jon B says:

    Could you clarify what is meant by the the "October 2011" release that was mentioned in the 2nd paragraph?  Are you referring to some October 2011 cumulative update for Office 2007?

  7. Matthew Martin Sr. says:

    Office Client 2007 Suites I did not understand why it never did work I was lostAnnouncing Service Pack 3 for Office 2007 and SharePoint 2007 this should help.Thank's MUCH.  

  8. karlsbad says:

    In our enterprise, the post-offices were upgraded to 2010 Exchange, but everyone is still on Office 2007 32 bit Outlook, on our Windows 7 64-bit Enterprise workstations.  Some people have installed their own Office 2010 suite excluding Outlook 2010 and while also keeping Office 2007 suite installed (for Outlook?).  The understanding (is it false?) is that 32 bit 2007 outlook is less risky than 64 bit 2010 outlook, and Microsoft may never be able to get it fixed.

    I don't know why Microsoft can't get their software to agree.(?)

  9. Ed says:

    @git98 : Microsoft has already said before that there will be no Vista SP3. If released it would be before mainstream support ends [April 2012].

  10. John says:

    can ms office 2007 able to work with 2010 ms office file?

  11. Clarence says:

    I'd like to see the MS Outlook, Outlook Connector fixed so that hotmail accounts will connect the way they'er supposed to connect without error.

  12. But where to download? says:

    Where to download it by the way? Its not provided as a single pack???

  13. susan says:

    And that release date would be today as it just showed up on MU and WSUS.

  14. Bryan says:

    I've been running Office 2010 on Win 7 since it came out. Why is Windows Update offerring the Office 2007 SP3 to me?

  15. Andrew says:

    I have Office 2010.  Why is MS Update telling me that I need Office 2007 SP3?

  16. George D. says:

    After running the SP3 udates, all of my office apps are still showing SP2 in the About section.

  17. Robert says:

    After applying Microsoft Office Access Runtime and Data Connectivity 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3), SSIS package fails.  Spent days recoding package to resolve issue and end results were no data was being loaded into dbase.  Only resolution was to uninstall update.  The following are error messages that were trapped when update was installed.

      Source: ExtractMDS Connection manager "Excel Connection Manager"

      Description: SSIS Error Code DTS_E_OLEDBERROR.  An OLE DB error has occurred. Error code: 0x80004005.

    An OLE DB record is available.  Source: "Microsoft Office Access Database Engine"  Hresult: 0x80004005  Description: "Unexpected error from external database driver (????????).".

      Description: SSIS Error Code DTS_E_CANNOTACQUIRECONNECTIONFROMCONNECTIONMANAGER.  The AcquireConnection method call to the connection manager "Excel Connection Manager" failed with error code 0xC0202009.  There may be error messages posted before this

    with more information on why the AcquireConnection method call failed.

  18. Anonymous says:

    This is the new continued page about all recently published cumulative updates, service packs and related

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