Office 2007 SP1 Isn't a Gift

This holiday season Microsoft has been giving the gift that just keeps on giving, over and over again. Service packs! Today, Microsoft will release yet another: Office 2007 Service Pack 1. Darren Strange, a U.K. Microsoft Office product manager, blogged about Office 2007 SP1 this morning. I haven't yet seen any other official information on the release, and I won't. I'm sitting in the San Diego airport preparing to board a flight.

Based on Strange's post and a Microsoft white paper, the company line is customer priority and the insinuation is that the service pack is being delivered early. Ho, ho, ho. Merry Christmas! Bah humbug, I say. The new Office service pack, while not unwelcome, isn't necessary. Office 2007 is highly stable, and it's not like loads of enterprises are holding back deployments waiting for the update. The other service packs are piling up, and the question is, what right-minded IT organizations want to open these gifts—and test them—during the holidays? Windows Vista SP1 is available as a release candidate, with no numeral. Windows XP SP3 is RC1, which presumably means it's further along. About two weeks ago, Microsoft released Exchange Server 2007 SP1.

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What a whingey article...

"the question is, what right-minded IT organizations want to open these gifts—and test them—during the holidays?"

duh, holidays are a great time for testing and deploying service packs because nobody else is around to bother you!

what? "while not unwelcome, isn't necessary." um this fixed 10 outlook issues I was having and a few others in excel and word.. this guy needs to keep his mouth shut...

I disagree with SP1 not being necessary, it has caused Outlook 2007 to be infinitely more responsive and much quicker, my only gripe with Office 2007.

I agree, outlook 2007 crashes at least once a week for me. And excel, word, the others, about every 3rd time I use them, they start up with a broken display. But hopefully this sp1 fixes all that.

What stupid news, and I loved how you covered up the fact that it came from Microsoft-Watch... :suspicious:

Exactly. They won't be able to help with Vista and XP service packs, they're no doubt hard at work on Office 2007 SP2 as we speak...

I honestly have no idea what this guy is on about. Office 2007 SP1 is ready, Vista SP1 and XP SP3 aren't. Is he suggesting people from the Office team are able to just down tools and help out with Windows as they please to get them done earlier?

Um, someone want to tell the writer that there are more than just a few developers at Microsoft? The development of Office SP1 has no impact on XP SP3 or Vista SP1, because those are completely separate development teams. Any SP that doesn't break things is a good thing, even if it is updating something that is fairly stable like Office 07.

MS just can't win no matter what they do.

Windows Vista SP1 is available as a release candidate, with no numeral. Windows XP SP3 is RC1, which presumably means it's further along.

Looking in my Windows Updates history, I see "Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Release Candidate 1". So, one would think neither SP for XP or Vista is further along than the other.

No service packs = complaints
service packs = complaints

God bless the blog writers who find any excuse to whine about everything Microsoft does.