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Microsoft updates Office 97

The software giant rolls out the latest free service pack for Office 97 corporate and individual customers.

    Microsoft today rolled out the latest free service pack for Office 97 corporate and individual customers.

    The new Office 97 SP 2 contains a number of upgrades including support for Euro currency changes and Y2K fixes. It also contains the Excel 97 for Windows Auto-Recalculation Patch, but if users don't want to download the new service release, they can download the Excel recalculation patch alone from the Office update Web-site.

    Along with the Excel recalculation patch, the SP 2 includes Euro currency, a fix for the Access ComboBox record editing issue, updates to ensure proper date-handling and Year 2000 compliance, and a handful of other fixes, the company said.

    The company said that SP 2 fixes will work with Office 97 Professional, Standard, and Small-Business editions, as well as Office standalone applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access.

    In order to install SP 2, Microsoft said users need to be running Office 97 Service Release 1--available free off the Office Update Web site, along with Windows 95 or 98, Windows NT 3.51 with Service Pack 5, or Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 3.