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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-08-19 Print this article Print

: Microsoft to Roll Out Office XP SP-2"> With regard to performance, SP2 includes an Excel 2002 update that corrects images from being flipped when an Excel 97 workbook is opened in Excel 2002; and an update for PowerPoint 2002 that corrects an issue in which the appearance of printed slides appear fuzzy when printed as handouts with three or more slides per page. The Microsoft spokeswoman said members of the Microsoft Select, MSDN and TechNet programs would receive SP-2 as part of their regularly scheduled mailings.
The software firm recommends that all Office XP users download SP-2 to benefit from these improvements, she said, cautioning that all future updates to Office XP will require this service pack to be installed.
The Redmond, Wash., company has also scheduled a Webcast for next month around deploying the service pack. The Webcast, which is designed for experts and will be highly technical, will help users with deploying SP-2 in an enterprise-computing environment, including how to use Ohotfix.exe to chain client-side patch deployment and administrative patching. "Because SP-2 is a new baseline for Office XP, you will also hear how this will affect the rollout of Office XP in an environment where previous versions of Office XP have been deployed. "You will also learn how to provide additional failover resiliency for client-side patches and how to use some of the new tools that are available on the Office Resource Kit site to manage patches in your environment," says the Webcast information on the Microsoft site. Microsoft is also working on the next version of Office, code-named Office 11. As first reported by eWEEK, this version will feature far greater use of XML and Web services for reporting, analyzing, importing and exporting information—particularly in Outlook and Excel. The first beta is expected later this year. Related Stories:
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    Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

    He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

    He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

    He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

    He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

    He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

    His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

    For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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