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#1 NeonWizard


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Posted 27 July 2004 - 12:31 PM

Microsoft released on Tuesday the first major update for Office 2003, but analysts say the collection of bug and performance fixes is unlikely to spur a significant boost in sales.

Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Office 2003 is available for download from Microsoft's Office Update site. The package contains a series of bug fixes and stability improvements for the main Office 2003 package--a collection of productivity tools such as the Word word processor and Outlook e-mail client--plus more sweeping changes and new applications.

SP1 releases are traditionally considered major benchmarks for Microsoft applications, with the many IT managers waiting until the release of the first bug fix roundup before they install a new application.

That's unlikely to happen with Office 2003, however, said Paul De Groot, an analyst for research firm Directions on Microsoft. A relative paucity of major bugs in Office 2003 has encouraged IT folks interested in upgrading to do so promptly, as evidenced by Microsoft's quarterly earnings report last week showing a significant jump in revenue for the Office division. "It does not appear to have been a terribly problematic release," De Groot said.

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