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Microsoft readies Office 2007 Service Pack 3

Microsoft plans to release before the end of the year the third and  likely final service pack (SP) for Office 2007 before the product exists mainstream support in April 2012.

(Given Microsoft is referring to SP3 as the “October 2011 release,” I’m thinking it probably will be out this month.)

“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,” according to an October 6 post on the Microsoft Office Updates blog. Users who are up-to-date with Automatic Updates for Office 2007 already have installed most of what’s coming in SP3, Microsoft officials said.

“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,” company officials said. And unlike the case with Office 2010 SP1, customers won’t be asked to deploy the accompanying Cumulative Update at the same time as the coming SP3.

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