Just about a year since the release of the 2010 range of office applications, Microsoft has announced the release of its Service Pack 1 (SP1) for SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 that gathers all updates to the products so far, as well as adding new ones.

There is no real surprises here, even if the release will be a welcome addition to the applications, as the private beta was released to a number of testers in November last year, and Microsoft outlined what would be included in the packs in the middle of May.

Like all its other previous SPs for other products, this one is only available for manual download for the moment, but will be available as an automatic update once the 90-day manual trial period is over.

SP1 With Office Web Apps

As well as patches and security fixes, it will include updates for Office Web Apps, the online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, now particularly important with the release of Office 365, and also explains the timing of the release.

Office 2010 will also support Google’s Chrome web browser for running online Office applications in SharePoint 2010.

It has also added native support for IE9, enabling users to gain access to SharePoint and OWA through its newest web browser, which should provide the browser with a welcome boost.

SP1 contains all Cumulative Updates and Public Updates for 2010 that have already shipped. SP1 also contains new fixes for areas of each product. Browser support aside, there is a whole list of improvements list on the blog that include:

  • “Snooze time” fixes in Outlook
  • Improved alignment between Project Server and SharePoint Server browser support
  • Improved backup / restore functionality for SharePoint Server
  • Office Web Applications Support for Chrome
  • Improved backup / restore functionality for SharePoint Server

And there’s many more. In all, there will be updates for Office 2010 suites, Project 2010, Visio 2010, Office 2010 servers, Office Web Apps, Search Server 2010 and SharePoint 2010.

Office 2010 SP1 can be downloaded from Microsoft's site in either 32-bit or 64-bit versions. Alternately, users can launch Microsoft Update and manually select SP1.