Microsoft: Office 2013 Service Pack 1 coming early next year

Microsoft has announced on the Office blog that the Office 2013 productivity suite will be getting its first Service Pack early next year.

Chris Schneider, Senior Marketing Manager at Microsoft, has written that the service pack will bring performance enhancements, feature updates and improved compatibility with Windows 8.1 to the Office 2013 productivity suite which includes Office, Sharepoint and Exchange. He also mentions that Office 365 users are updated regularly, hinting that they don't need to do anything different in order to acquire SP1.

Office 2013 was released last year and has been rumored to get a set of annual updates known by the codename "Gemini," similar to Windows' "Blue" updates. Microsoft had briefly demoed the Modern UI Office apps at BUILD 2013 which were at pre-alpha stage of development at that time.

It is not clear from today's announcement whether the service pack is a part of the "Gemini" updates and whether the Modern Office apps will be released in a revamped version of Office. But, as Chris mentions on the blog, Microsoft will brief customers when they have more details to share about the upcoming update.

Source: Office Blog

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Be nice if they could just stop it with the Outlook bugs in the MSI version with every monthly update.

Missing folder pane? Sweet. Crashing when opening various calendar appointments or accidentally using the People Pane? I love it. Hunting down various versions of the binaries to drop in my installation directory because they let Windows Update mix and match patches into an unworkable mess of conflicting versions is something I totally have time for.

Technically they stopped it for Office too since Office 365 is always up to date. This is moreso for people with the boxed versions. Office 365 users will automatically have the updates already.

[1] Grey and dark grey theme not working on the ribbon no matter how you set it in themes. The total whiteness on the ribbon hurts our eyes.
[2] Constant freezing when you have large images, you have to set it to 2010 compatibility mode and or disable HWA on some computers.

In addition, Access has problems also with [1]. We have reported these things eons ago and still it had not been fixed. Just to clear things out, the changing of themes (grey, and dark grey) only affects Excel, Word and Powerpoint.

wotsit might have some more issues but the 2 I have mentioned affects our work the most.

domboy said,
I wonder if Office RT will get this service pack as well...

Sure hope it does. Windows RT 8.1 was a great performance improvement for the first generation Surface RT, and Office RT 2013 SP1 will hopefully do the same for the Office apps.

Or perhaps they will skip SP1 and focus all their energy on getting Metro Office out of the door ASAP?

My issue is that Outlook no longer downloads my Hotmail in full. It gives you the messages for 1 month or "all" and all keeps freezing and resetting after downloading stuff from 2008.

This is with Professional 2013 and Windows 8.1 on 3 different setups.

At the very least have a 6 month, or 1 year, or 2 year options!

PeterTHX said,
My issue is that Outlook no longer downloads my Hotmail in full. It gives you the messages for 1 month or "all" and all keeps freezing and resetting after downloading stuff from 2008.

This is with Professional 2013 and Windows 8 and 8.1 on 3 different setups.

At the very least have a 6 month, or 1 year, or 2 year options!

Denis W said,
Hopefully less freezing. It's ridiculous how frequent the freezes are since upgrading to Windows 8.1.

Weird. Never frozen for me, ever.

It's strange, a couple of days ago the freezing temporarily stopped. Now it has returned. I can't pinpoint what's causing it.

Maybe it's only for Office 365 and not 2013.

Which application? I had some odd issue with Outlook and some email with the junk filter. I think what was happening is it would send a move to the server, it wouldn't move for some reason, and then it would get into a loop. It all stopped when a cleaned out the junk folder or maybe they fixed an issue on the server side.

Spicoli said,
Which application? I had some odd issue with Outlook and some email with the junk filter. I think what was happening is it would send a move to the server, it wouldn't move for some reason, and then it would get into a loop. It all stopped when a cleaned out the junk folder or maybe they fixed an issue on the server side.

Indeed Outlook is the app that sometimes freezes for 3/4 seconds while switching from a folder to another; I have Office 365 but I use "Cached Exchange Mode" and it is set to keep all my mail available offline so it is not a connection issue.
I should add that my pst folder is around 4GB.

zhangm said,
I'm using 365 and haven't had any issues. Do you sync files? Anything in your event log that might give clues?

Yeah, all my files are on my SkyDrive folder.

dahayden said,
I hope not. Love the clean, crisp look.

But having back, as an option, the old "Dark theme" for people who does not?
I do not understand this phobia for options which is so rampart lately.