Microsoft promises Office 2010 SP1 by end of June

By Tom Warren, on 16th May 11 4:05 pm with Comments Off

Microsoft revealed on Monday that it plans to make Office 2010 SP1 available by the end of June.

“Service Pack 1 is on track for release at the end of June,” said Microsoft’s Office team in a blog posting on Monday. “SP1 releases for both Office client suites and SharePoint server products will be made available. All language versions of SP1 will release simultaneously. Initially, Service Pack 1 will be offered as a manual download from the Download Center and from Microsoft Update, and no sooner than 90 days after release, will be made available as an Automatic Update.”

Microsoft also provided an overview of some important fixes that SP1 will include:

  • Outlook fixes an issue where “Snooze Time” would not reset between appointments.
  • The default behavior for PowerPoint “Use Presenter View” option changed to display the slide show on the secondary monitor.
  • Integrated community content in the Access Application Part Gallery.
  • Better alignment between Project Server and SharePoint Server browser support.
  • Improved backup / restore functionality for SharePoint Server
  • The Word Web Application extends printing support to “Edit Mode.”
  • Project Professional now synchronizes scheduled tasks with SharePoint task lists.
  • Internet Explorer 9 “Native” support for Office Web Applications and SharePoint
  • Office Web Applications Support for Chrome
  • Inserting Charts into Excel Workbooks using Excel Web Application
  • Support for searching PPSX files in Search Server
  • Visio Fixes scaling issues and arrowhead rendering errors with SVG export
  • Proofing Tools improve spelling suggestions in Canadian English, French, Swedish and European Portuguese.
  • Outlook Web Application Attachment Preview (with Exchange Online only)

The software giant plans to discuss Office 2010 SP1 at length during TechEd North America this week. Microsoft will detail its schedule plans and additional details around the SP1 release, including the plans for language-version updates. SP1 will update all 40 languages of Office 2010. Microsoft plans to include the following fixes:

Microsoft said in October that Office 2010 is officially the fastest-selling consumer version of Office in history. More than six million copies have been sold so far since the release in June. Office is currently used by more than 750 million users worldwide according to Microsoft. Office 2010 was the first release of the productivity suite to include both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Microsoft packed both versions onto one DVD across seven different flavours. Office 2010 also includes a free version with Microsoft Word and Excel. The free version, dubbed Office Starter, contains reduced functionality of Word and Excel and advertising.