Computer News No. 119  Jan.-Feb. 2006

A Reminder Notice for Users of Microsoft Office Products

All departments and users should be reminded of a notice from Microsoft requesting users of Microsoft Office to do the following as a result of a recent ruling of the court of law in the U.S.A.

  • Install Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 2 (Office 2003 SP2) for all your future deployments of Office Professional Edition 2003 and Office Access 2003,
  • Install the Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3 Patch (Office XP SP3 Patch) for all your future deployments of Office XP Professional and Access 2002

The updates to the Microsoft Office products are downloadable at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/officeupdate/default.aspx.

The notice from Microsoft draws our attention to the following:

Background:

It was recently decided in a court of law that certain portions of code found in Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003, Microsoft Office Access 2003, Microsoft Office XP Professional and Microsoft Access 2002 infringe a third-party patent. As a result, Microsoft must make available a revised version of these products with the allegedly infringing code replaced.

Action required:

As a result of the above ruling, you are required to:

  • Install Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 2 (Office 2003 SP2) for all your future deployments of Office Professional Edition 2003 and Office Access 2003,
  • Install the Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3 Patch (Office XP SP3 Patch) for all your future deployments of Office XP Professional and Access 2002
     

Action requested:

To keep your current systems in alignment with your future deployments of these products, Microsoft is requesting that you also update all your current Office Professional Edition 2003 and Office Access 2003 installations with Office 2003 SP2, and Office XP Professional and Access 2002 installations with the Office XP SP3 Patch.

How do I do this?:

You can obtain both Office 2003 SP2 and the Office XP SP3 Patch by going to the website listed below and downloading it directly, or by contacting your reseller.

Please visit our site at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/officeupdate/default.aspx.

Sincerely,

Microsoft Operations Pte Ltd / Reg. no. 199802706M

The notice from Microsoft has already been distributed to all Department Heads to keep them informed of the action required.  Users who plan to do the update are advised that they may be prompted to insert the software CD for Microsoft Office to complete certain updates. 

For more details, please refer to excerpts of FAQ from Microsoft, in particular Microsoft has provided the following answer to a frequently asked question:

Q:  If I have a computer with Microsoft Office Professional 2003 already installed on it do I need to update that computer with Office 2003 SP2?
A:  A customer is not required to install Office 2003 SP2 on any machine already deployed. However, Microsoft strongly recommends they do install SP2 as the service pack includes many product updates the customer will likely value.

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