5. Microsoft Office
Microsoft have recently informed us of a requirement to install an update to future
deployments of its Office Suite
It was recently decided in a court of law that certain portions of code found in Microsoft Office Professional
Edition 2003, Microsoft Office Access 2003, Microsoft Office XP Professional and Microsoft Access 2002 infringe
a third-party patent. As a result, Microsoft must make available a revised version of these products with the
allegedly infringing code replaced.
As a result of the above ruling, you are required to:
Install Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 2 (Office 2003 SP2) for all your future deployments of Office
Professional Edition 2003 and Office Access 2003
Install the Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3 Patch (Office XP SP3 Patch) for all your future
deployments of Office XP Professional and Access 2002
To keep your current systems in alignment with your future deployments of these products,
Microsoft is requesting that you also update all your current Office Professional Edition 2003
and Office Access 2003 installations with Office 2003 SP2, and Office XP Professional and Access
2002 installations with the Office XP SP3 Patch.
The Patch CD will be distributed from the Computing Services Shop with the CD Pack for Office 2003 or available on its own.
Existing implementations can also be updated via the appropriate Microsoft update web site.
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