Microsoft issued on July 27 a major series of service-pack upgrades for Office 2003 and various Office System products, including OneNote and Visio.
OneNote 2003 SP1 is a major and desirable upgrade that adds a number of new features and improvements, as we explained in the Aug. 5 issue of the Windows Secrets Newsletter.
Office 2003 SP1 and Visio 2003 SP1, however, are more traditional Microsoft service packs. In other words, they’re primarily intended to fix bugs and don’t add any major new features.
There are two major exceptions to the bug-fix-only nature of Office 2003 SP1:
- InfoPath 2003. Office 2003 SP1 does include major updates to InfoPath 2003. InfoPath is a product aimed at a niche market of corporate users who need to transmit data in XML format.
- FrontPage 2003. Oddly enough, Office 2003 SP1 also includes fixes for FrontPage 2003, even though FrontPage has never been sold as part of any Office bundle.