ms_office.gif Microsoft announced that a third service pack for Office 2003 which offers compatibility with Windows Vista, Office 2007, Internet Explorer 7 and Windows SharePoint Services will be make available to users on 18 September 2007.

This third service pack for Office 2003 can be available from Microsoft’s Office Update or Microsoft Update pages. The update file will be 120MB for the US version and less than 140MB for the same version but in different language. Microsoft’s customers who has added AutoUpdate feature will be informed of SP3’s availability over the next few weeks as well.

According to Microsoft, SP3 appears to address a variety of generally minor annoyances and bugs across the suite. For instance, with the update installed, if an Office 2003 user packages a PowerPoint presentation created in Office 2007, and the presentation is then re-opened in Office 2007, data from the original Office 2007 version will now be available.

Users can also try to repair the corrupted or damage Excel file via this update. Besides that, when user opens a spreadsheet with Excel Macros across a slow network, the user will be presented with the macro security warning.

A bug that causes Word 2003 to crash when user tried to copy a Webmail message into Word using Internet Explorer 7 has been fixed. If user creates a Word document from an online template, the macros, toolbars and auto text entries will no longer vanish when the document is closed and reopened.

User will now be able to install Access Add-ins in Windows Vista. User will be able to open an Access Database Project created in a different version of Access, then immediately create an Access Database Extension without an error. Moving the mouse of pages of a tab control in Access 2003 will no longer cause flickering.