Microsoft launches public beta for Office 2010 SP2

Microsoft may have quickly and quietly stopped selling Office 2010 soon after the launch of Office 2013 in late January, but the company is still supporting the software suite with patches. Today, Microsoft launched the public beta for Office 2010 Service Pack 2 which includes the public beta for SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 2.

While the download site (Microsoft Account signup required) has both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the public beta to download, the site does not go into specifics of what's been put into this beta. Microsoft's official release notes say:

This service pack beta includes previously unreleased fixes that were made specifically for this service pack. In addition to general product fixes, these fixes include improvements in stability, performance, and security as well as compatibility with Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and Internet Explorer 10. The service pack beta also includes all the public updates and cumulative updates (hotfixes) that have been released since Service Pack 1. A full list of fixes will be available at the time of final release.

This public beta of Service Pack 2 will expire either on December 31st, 2013 or whenever Microsoft decides to release the final version of the service pack for all Office 2010 owners, although it's more likely that the latter scenario will play itself out. Keep in mind that this is a public beta and as such Microsoft offers no official support for it.

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I agree a SP2 for Win7 would be very nice. Just everything I have read from MSFT, there will be no SP2. I have to rebuild a laptop next week with Win7...will be interesting how long the updates take.

Use a program like "wsusoffline update". Run it every Patch Tuesday and you can have a repository for the Windows & Office version updates that you can keep on a USB key/HDD. Been using it for years and saves a lot of time.

I think part of the reason for this being a public beta, it will be final Service Pack for Office 2010. Don't expect anymore for it after this. I think Windows 7 needs a second service pack. Installing SP1 post updates in a chore. Even if they can't provide a SP, at least a roll up.

Or at the very least, offer downloadable .iso files that contain all of the updates slipstreamed on for you. Why should I (and countless other sysadmins) have to do this manually when Microsoft could do it once and be done with it?

There's any number of torrents out there that already have this, but you can't really trust those in an enterprise environment.