Office 2010, SharePoint 2010 Updates Due in June

The first first service pack for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 will be available before the end of June, Microsoft announced today at its Tech-Ed 2011 conference.  SP1 of Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 will be the first major update to both year-old products.

Microsoft will offer the upgrade as a manual update; it will become an automatic update 90 days after its release, Microsoft said in a blog post. All language versions of SP1 will be released simultaneously.

The release comes as Microsoft's Office 365 is in widespread beta. The updates will impact those who subscribe to plans that include the Microsoft Office Professional Plus package, which consists of Office 2010 Professional.

According to the blog post, new features in SP1 include:

  • A fix to the "Snooze Time" in Outlook so that it can reset between appointments
  • Improved backup and restore functionality for SharePoint Server
  • Word Web Application that extends printing support to "Edit Mode"
  • Project Professional that now synchronizes scheduled tasks with SharePoint task lists
  • Native Internet Explorer 9 support for Office Web Applications and SharePoint
  • Support for Google's Chrome browser in Office Web Applications
  • The ability to insert charts into Excel Workbooks using Excel Web Application.

Microsoft said Office 2010 is the fastest-selling version of the product ever. For the most recent quarter, it posted 21 percent growth on $5.25 billion in sales.

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