SP1 Update for Microsoft® Office 2010 and Launch of Office 365
Microsoft recently delivered the first service pack for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of its flagship office productivity suite, Office 2010. As of now, the office 2010 updates are available as a manual download only from the Microsoft website, and will be added to the automatic updates list of Windows Updates in the coming months. The release of SP1 coincides with the first year anniversary of the launch of Office 2010, which has enjoyed a fairly good adoption rate.
The service pack includes usability and security fixes for almost all programs that come bundled with the package. Most significant changes are official support for Google’s web browser Chrome for running Office Web Applications (OWA) through Microsoft SharePoint SP1, native support for IE9, ability to print through the Word’s online editor and OWA version of PowerPoint. A complete log of changes has been made available at Microsoft’s support website. Microsoft has also provided the ability to uninstall SP1 if a user chooses to. In order to upgrade to SP1, users may either manually download the 32-bit or 64-bit version of the update from the support website, or they may manually select the update via the Windows Update utility.
Also, along with SP1, Microsoft launched Office 365, a product which aims to offer business users a cloud based alternative to its traditional desktop based applications. Office 365 provides users with anytime anywhere access to email, calendars, and contacts across PCs, the web and mobile phones.
Office 365 is currently available in two versions. Office 365 for Professionals and Small Businesses includes Office Web Apps, Exchange, SharePoint and Lync online and is available at a cost of $6 a month. Office 365 for Enterprises comes with additional collaboration tools like video conferencing, instant messaging and online meetings and is available from $10 to $27 per user per month depending on the features that are purchased. Bring a cloud product, it boasts of a 99.9% uptime and generally higher fail safe measures for data security.