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Microsoft rolls out Office 2013 Service Pack 1

Microsoft released Office 2013 Service Pack 1 on Tuesday. The package includes several “rollup” patches, better support for modern hardware, and updates including the SkyDrive-to-OneDrive transition.

Customers can either manually download the update from the Microsoft Download Center or Windows Update, or wait for 30 days. At that time, Microsoft said, Windows Update will begin pushing SP1 to those customers running Office 2013. Customers who have subscribed to Office 365 will receive the SP1 update, automatically, during their “next regular update,” Microsoft said.

Specifically, SP1 includes: 

  • Compatibility fixes for Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11;
  • Better support for modern hardware, such as high-resolution devices and new, precision touchpads; 
  • New “apps for Office” capabilities and APIs for developers; 
  • 3D visualization tool Power Map for Excel, which is now available for Office 365 ProPlus subscription customers;
  • Improvements to the Click-to-Run virtualization technology that installs and updates Office 365 desktop applications;
  • An update to SkyDrive Pro, which is now OneDrive for Business.

Microsoft also said that all of the cumulative updates and other patches that have been released since December have been included, part of the “rollup patches.”

How can you tell if you might have installed Office 2013 SP1, or if it’s found on another machine? If SP1 is installed, the version will be 15.0.4569.1506 or higher, Microsoft said. Additionally, if you’ve installed the SP1 update for an MSI product, SP1 will be listed in Installed Updates in that same control panel.

Microsoft also released SP1 for Exchange Server 2013, which includes fixes,and enhancements to improve the Exchange 2013 experience, Microsoft said. “These include enhancements in security and compliance, architecture and administration, and user experiences,” the company said.

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