Feeds

Microsoft pings first Office 2010 service pack beta at testers

Private viewings only for now

The essential guide to IT transformation

Updated Microsoft has released a private test build of the first service pack for its Office 2010 product to a select bunch through its MS Connect web portal.

Testers received an email from Redmond in which they were invited to download beta build 14.0.6011.1000 from Microsoft’s site.

WinRumours was first to report the arrival of the beta and The Register has asked Microsoft to confirm its availability, although we're still awaiting a response.

Office 2010 only hit retail shelves in June this year, so it’s interesting to see Microsoft readying a service pack so quickly.

That said, the final iteration of Office 2010 SP1 could take up to a year to land. Microsoft typically spins out service packs within about 18 months of releasing a new software product.

It’s not clear what will be squirted into the first Office 2010 service pack, but it’s likely to contain security and bug fixes.

But given that the suite itself wasn’t a major upgrade from Office 2007, it’s fair to surmise that SP1 probably won’t involve a major overhaul of the software. ®

Update

Microsoft gave us this mealy-mouthed statement:

“The stability, performance and security enhancements in the Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta are a direct result of customer feedback and designed to extend the value customers experience with the 2010 products. We have nothing more to share about specific updates of SP1 beta at this time.”

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store
DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! Naughty, misleading developers!
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?