Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3

Microsoft today released Service Pack 3 for Office 2007. At first glance the fixes and improvements appear to be rather minor and mostly appear related to fringe case security and stability issues.

A few "highlights":

  • Non-Unicode characters in certain error message strings now display correctly. O.k., so you can read some of the error messages, when they aren't in Unicode, a bit better.
  • Chinese New Year is now included in the Singpore version of the Outlook calendar.
  • Pre and Post Reform rules in the French Thesaurus are fixed.
  • Four new bibliography sytyles are now available in Word's Citations and Bilbiography feature. Harvard Anglia, IEEE, APA Sixth Edition and MLA 7th Edition. I'm sure that will please some folks.

I'm digging into it a bit more but so far...there doesn't seem to be anything too exciting here. That said, you should probably get and install this Service Pack. It's almost always a good idea to be up-to-date.

NOTE: If you install Office 2007 SP3 and you're an Excel user (and I'm betting you are) then you should also (re)install the October update for Excel. Apparently the August update caused a hyperlink issue in Excel which the October update fixes. And...SP3 reinstalls the August update, even if you've subsequently installed the October one.  You can get the October update from Microsoft here...

Download Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3 from Microsoft