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Microsoft Releases Office 2013 SP1 – Have you Updated Yet?

Microsoft Office 2013Microsoft released the first service pack for its Office 2013 suite back in February via its auto-update service. The update provides a lot of bug fixes as well as general stability and functionality updates. To ensure you have the update, take a look in Programs and Features in the control panel and confirm the version for Office 2013 is 15.0.4569.1506.

The update for Microsoft’s latest Office suite (a suite which we’ve covered extensively here on groovyPost) should already be installed on your computer, provided Windows Update is set to download and install updates automatically. If it isn’t, you can always check for the update yourself – here’s how to do it in Windows 8.

Regarding what’s new, don’t expect anything too spectacular. The Office 2013 SP1 is aimed at improving stability functionality and security in both Office and SharePoint Server, as well as in products it interacts with. That’s why, while you may not notice visible changes, you might realize that things are working better and are much more stable. For example, some of the stability fixes included are for Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11 and some modern hardware has better support (Microsoft mentions high DPI devices and the precision touchpad).

So just a quick update to take a look and grab the update if you don’t already have it installed.

What’s new in SP1?

SP1 provides fixes to improve general stability, functionality, and security in Office, SharePoint Server, and related products. Among the functionality improvements and changes are the following:

  • Compatibility fixes for Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11.
  • Better support for modern hardware, such as high DPI devices and the precision touchpad.
  • New apps for Office capabilities and APIs for developers.
  • Power Map for Excel, a 3D visualization tool for mapping, exploring, and interacting with geographical and temporal data in Excel, is now available to Office 365 ProPlus subscription customers. You can learn more about Power Map general availability on the Power BI Blog.
  • Improvements to the Click-to-Run virtualization technology that installs and updates Office 365 desktop applications.
  • SkyDrive Pro is now OneDrive for Business.

A detailed list of SP1 fixes is available for download. Additionally, SP1 includes all the Public Updates (PU) and Cumulative Updates (CU) that have been released since the 2013 family of products first became available, up to the December 2013 CU and January 2014 PU. These are listed in the following KB articles:

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One Response to Microsoft Releases Office 2013 SP1 – Have you Updated Yet?

  1. Dino Londis March 28, 2014 at 8:11 am #

    Thanks for the heads-up Brian. MS Office 2013 is overkill, but for me it’s the best Word yet. I love the way the letters are displayed.

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