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December 13, 2007

More on office SP1 (pass the tin hat)

Filed under: Office — jamesone111 @ 11:44 am

It was an interesting journey to work. Between the fog, ice and roadworks and traffic police who seem to have become suicidal of late, I was listening to my e-mail through Outlook Voice Access. The time really has come to buy myself a Jawbone headset: OVA is perfect when I use the mobile handset (illegal in the car) but using my Jabra it can take 6 attempts to get words recognizable: “Next” sounds like “Help”, or “Delete” sounds like “repeat”, and “e-mail” is indecipherable. Reading works well and the mechanical voice read me this:

Microsoft announced publicly this week that Office 2007 SP1 is available on Microsoft Update for interactive, user-initiated installation, but will not be pushed for automatic installation for a few months. However soon after the release on Tuesday, customers began to report that the service pack had been automatically installed on some of their systems. 

After thoroughly investigating the reports, we determined that the Office service pack was operating as expected on Microsoft Update but that some customers were confused about the expected behaviour of interactive and automatic updates on Windows Vista due to changes from the Windows XP functionality. We also confirmed that Office 2007 SP1 will automatically install on systems running a beta version of Windows Vista SP1 since those systems use a different Microsoft Update server for their updates and that server always pushes out all Important and Recommended updates to keep the beta products up to date.

 Further public communications on this issue will be posted on the Microsoft Update blog at http://blogs.technet.com/mu/.

The Microsoft update blog has a post with more detail. Darren also has more on his blog.

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