Microsoft has released Office 2013 Service Pack 1, which includes new updates that improve security, performance, and stability of the company’s flagship productivity suite and also rolls together all previously released updates. You can download SP1 for Office 2013, SharePoint 2013, and Exchange Server 2013 now directly from the Microsoft Download Center: 32-bit (643.6MB) and 64-bit (774.0MB).

The download links were first noticed by WinFuture; back in November, we heard the company was planning to release the service pack “early next year.” Microsoft has yet to post an official announcement on its Office Blogs, though the download links were apparently published on February 18. We have contacted Microsoft for more information and will update this post as we learn more.

Update: Microsoft has now officially announced the service pack. The company says Office 2013 customers will be notified to download SP1 through Windows Update within the next 30 days.

Here’s the Office 2013 SP1changelog (full list of SP1 fixes):

  • Compatibility fixes for Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11.
  • Better support for modern hardware, such as high DPI devices and the precision touchpad.
  • New apps for Office capabilities and APIs for developers.
  • Power Map for Excel, a 3D visualization tool for mapping, exploring, and interacting with geographical and temporal data in Excel, is now available to Office 365 ProPlus subscription customers.
  • Improvements to the Click-to-Run virtualization technology that installs and updates Office 365 desktop applications.
  • SkyDrive Pro is now OneDrive for Business.

If you’re running Office 2013, you’ll want to install SP1 as soon as possible. For more details, check out the two engineering blog posts linked below.

Announcing the release of Service Pack 1 for Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 and Released: Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1

See also – Microsoft announces general availability of business intelligence tool Power BI for Excel and Office 365 and Microsoft: Office 365 passed 1m subscribers in just over 100 days, making it the best-selling Office yet

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