Office and SharePoint Service Packs: A Primer

A while back, we provided some information about the upcoming release of Office 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1.) This release is important because it is our first update to the 2010 product family that changes the support baseline. In this post we’ll describe some Service Pack and Support Policy basics, and provide some background to better…


Office Security: Deployment Info for Office 2003 & 2007 File Validation

We recently posted on the Office File Validation (OFV) back port for Office 2003 and 2007. In today’s post we’d like to continue the discussion on OFV to discuss deployment-related aspects. The most common questions we are asked relate to the distribution plans and deployment best practices for the updates. We should take a moment…


Word 2007, DOCX Compatibility and Missing Spaces

Yesterday an issue related to Word 2007 surfaced online that is worth a closer look. A Microsoft Answers forum post discussed a defect in Word 2007 pertaining to DOCX files exchanged between Word 2010 and users of Word 2007. It had been reported that some Word 2007 users were experiencing a situation where spaces were “disappearing”…


Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1 Update

Update: Please see additional posts on 2010 SP1: Announcing Service Pack 1 for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Office 2010 SP1 is Almost HereOffice and SharePoint Service Packs: A Primer If you followed Microsoft’s recent earnings, you saw that Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 have experienced double-digit growth since their May 2010 launch. In my…


Adding Cumulative Updates to display in Windows Server Update Services Console

Hello, a common question we get when we release a cumulative update is “can we have the cumulative update show up in my Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) catalog?”  While this isn’t something we typically do with a cumulative updates.  You got me thinking. I’m sure we have this information but where is this information…


January 2011 Office Update Release

The January 12 Office Public Update contained 3 non security fixes, and is now live and available for download. As with our normal cadence, we released the Outlook Junk Email Filters for 2007 and 2010 32-bit/64-bit. Joining the filters this month is a non-security release for Outlook 2007 that provides fixes for an update to…


Security Office File Validation Backport for Office 2003 and 2007 User Experience

Hi, Modesto Estrada here with the Microsoft Office Sustained Engineering Security team.  I wanted to shed even more light on last month’s blog post regarding the future availability of the Office File Validation backport. As we move forward towards our release (CYQ1 2011), we will continue to update this blog with additional information for customers….