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    Re: SP2 Mandatory Now? (03, XP)

    What discussion is necessary? Here's a quote from the article:

    "Although existing customers can keep using older versions on current machines, any new installations of Office 2003 will require Service Pack 2, released by Microsoft in September. Office XP will need to be put into use with a special patch applied. "

    Reads to me that you don't have to update if you don't want to. If you are running either version 2003 or XP you ought to have updated to the latest SP by now anyway.

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    SP2 Mandatory Now? (03, XP)

    Has there been any discussion here of this little spat (the Burst thing)?

    http://news.com.com/Patent+spat+forces+bus...l?tag=nefd.lede

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    Re: SP2 Mandatory Now? (03, XP)

    1. And if I'm not corporate, but am installing a dusty shrinkwrapped copy I found on a shelf, or reinstalling one of the retail or academic versions that allow same? May I? Upon pain of what?

    2. Will there be any MS enforcement of the above, through Office Update, etc.?

    In other words, is the end-user totally isolated from this kind of vendor liability?

    I'm truly not trying to be contentious, I'm just puzzled. Part of an update I *did* install and *probably* wanted was devoted to ?(working_around_somehow) some kind of calling method that MS now can't use. I wasn't informed, and may never be, of the how and why. Call me curious.

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    Re: SP2 Mandatory Now? (03, XP)

    If you really want an official opinion you need to contact MS with your questions. Neither myself nor anyone else here can officially interpret the article or its implications.

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    Re: SP2 Mandatory Now? (03, XP)

    If you are just plain curious, the Burst saga is a very long-standing one. There have been periodic mentions of it by Bob Cringeley over the years and you can try searching here if you want to get a better flavour for the background. HTH
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    Re: SP2 Mandatory Now? (03, XP)

    I hadn't heard. Redacted emails!! Stock kiting! Who's got the film rights?

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    Re: SP2 Mandatory Now? (03, XP)

    I read the article that Frank linked in his message. In it, there is reference to a change in the way Access and Excel work together. I do not understand what has changed and if we need to worry about compatibility issues. I've read in other places that installing SP2 is no big deal and there was no mention of problems. What have you experienced?

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    Re: SP2 Mandatory Now? (03, XP)

    SP2 won't cause you any problems. From what I understand on this issue, it was a patent infringement. MS had to remove the offending code and replace it with code that did not violate the patent. Functionality remains the same.
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    Re: SP2 Mandatory Now? (03, XP)

    > Functionality remains the same.

    Not quite: in the past, an Excel table linked in an Access database could be edited. Now it's read-only.

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    Re: SP2 Mandatory Now? (03, XP)

    I stand corrected. I hadn't run into that particular scenario. Are there any other issues that you are aware of Hans?
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    Re: SP2 Mandatory Now? (03, XP)

    No, as far as I know, the rest of the updates are the usual bug fixes.

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    Re: SP2 Mandatory Now? (03, XP)

    There are more details in Office Watch 11.06 - just out. If you don't have a subscription: it is not available online yet as I write this, but will probably appear here soon: OFFICE Watch - Archives.

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    Re: SP2 Mandatory Now? (03, XP)

    Thanks Hans, I just read my copy of Office Watch.
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