Microsoft to release Service Pack 3 for Office 2007

Microsoft plans to release a third Service Pack update for Office 2007, before official support for Microsoft Office 2007 ends in April 2012. Microsoft is supposedly referring to Service Pack 3 as being an October 2011 release, according to ZDNet. As has been the case with previous Service Packs for Microsoft Office, the update will be available from Microsoft Download Center as a manual download option, and also on Windows Update as an optional update. After 90 days it will become an automatic update for Office 2007 using customers.

Microsoft is advising Windows using customers who are using Office 2003 or earlier to go to Office 2010, as opposed to Office 2007. Office 2010 will be supplied with free mainstream support directly from Microsoft until 2015, at which point a newer version of the Office software will have been released. Service Pack 2 for Office 2007 was released in April 2009, so the gap between is just over two years.

Microsoft employees are saying that Service Pack 3 is a roll up of all 2007 Cumulative and Public updates made since Service Pack 2 released. It will be available for Office client suites and applications, as well as SharePoint Servers. Some new fixes will also be bundled, after being discovered during the Service Pack 2 lifecycle. This information came from the Microsoft Office updates blog, dated October 6th. A direct quote of the information on SP3 follows:

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.

SP3 will include changes in the following areas:

  • Office Client 2007 Suites
  • Office SharePoint 2007 Servers
  • Office SharePoint Search Server 2007
  • Office SharePoint Designer 2007
  • Office Project 2007
  • Office Visio 2007
  • Office Proofing tools 2007
  • Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook 2007
  • Office InterConnect 2007
  • Office Compatibility Pack
  • PowerPoint Viewer
  • Visio Viewer
  • Office Servers Language Pack
  • Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
  • Office Access Runtime and Data Connectivity Components
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AndyMutz said,
so, what about a SP3 for vista? any news regarding that?

Vista's still got until April 10, 2012 before mainstream support ends so it's reasonable to assume it could get SP3 in that time.

JSYOUNG571 said,
I will stick with 2007. I don't plan on giving Microsoft extra cash after 4 years.

You realize Office 2007 SP3 is free right? Or do you mean you have Office 2003?

KingCrimson said,

You realize Office 2007 SP3 is free right? Or do you mean you have Office 2003?

I think he means he won't upgrade to Office 2010 and stick with the 4 years old Office 2007...

eilegz said,
now we need sp4 for windows xp.... end it there at least microsoft

XP is already in extended support, there won't be a SP4. However they might release a rollup of all the post SP3 patches like they did with Windows NT 4.0 and 2000.

I might be the only one around here still using Office 2k7, good stuff either way. I'll upgrade to whatever office version they have ready when I upgrade to Windows 8 as well.

I still use 2007. I tried the 2010 trial and hated it, especially that stupid full screen menu thing they stuck in it. I hope they never try anything like that with the Windows Start Menu...oh wait.

GP007 said,
I might be the only one around here still using Office 2k7, good stuff either way. I'll upgrade to whatever office version they have ready when I upgrade to Windows 8 as well.

i know a lot of guys still use ms office 2003..i myself just need a basic spreadsheet editor and word from time to time and don't plan to spend hundreds of dollars on a product just for that.Most people don't need all the fancy new features anyway