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Microsoft pushes out Service Pack 1 for Office 2013

Microsoft has released Service Pack 1 (SP1) for its Office suite, patching up Office 2013, SharePoint 2013 and Exchange Server 2013.

Redmond notes that Office 2013 users will be notified of the availability of SP1 via Windows Update at some point in the next month. Exchange Server 2013 and SharePoint 2013 users can grab the update at the Microsoft Download Centre.

In a blog post announcing the release, Redmond promised that SP1 will provide improved stability, along with new features and security enhancements.

Specifically, there are compatibility fixes for both Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11, new apps and APIs for developers, and improved support for new hardware such as the precision (very sensitive high DPI) touchpad.

Power Map for Excel has also been introduced, a 3D data visualisation tool which can be used to get a different perspective on data. The idea is that this will hopefully provide insights you’d otherwise have missed using traditional 2D charts in Excel.

Oh, and finally, SkyDrive Pro has officially been rebranded OneDrive for Business, in line with the recent name change which Microsoft was forced to make (following a copyright wrangle with BSkyB).