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…


November 2008 Update Release

  On Tuesday, November 11th, 2008, Office released 4 security updates in one bulletin. The security updates apply to the following products: Microsoft Office 2003, 2007, and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 32-bit edition and 64-bit edition, as described in security bulletin MS08-069. For complete details, see “Microsoft Security Updates for November 2008” for home users…


Office Resource Kit TechNet Survey

The team responsible for the Office Resource Kit is conducting a survey to improve Office documentation for IT Professionals. If you are an IT Professional and use TechNet or the Office Resource Kit, please take a look at their Online Survey. Please let us know how we can best meet your documentation needs! You can…


Announcing Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the 2007 Microsoft Office System

We’re pleased to announce that Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the 2007 Microsoft Office system is expected to be released in the near future.  Although we aren’t yet announcing the exact release date, it will fall between February and April of 2009.   Historically, we have waited to communicate details about service packs until their…


October 2008 Update Release

On Tuesday, October 14th, 2008, Office released 9 security updates across 2 bulletins. The security updates apply to the following products: Microsoft Office Excel 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, Excel Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer, the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack and the 2007 Microsoft Office System, and Excel Services in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, as described in…


Upcoming end of support for Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) was released nearly a year ago, on September 17th, 2007. Per the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy for service packs, when a new Office service pack is released, the previous service pack is supported for one year. This provides customers an opportunity to test and deploy the new service pack….


September 2008 Update Release

On Tuesday, September 9th, 2008, Office released 8 security updates across 2 bulletins. The security updates apply to the following products: Microsoft Office XP, 2003, 2007, and Microsoft Office OneNote 2007, as described in security bulletin MS08-055. Microsoft Office XP, 2003, 2007, and Visio 2002, as described in security bulletin MS08-052. For complete details, see “Microsoft Security…