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Microsoft to post Office 97 update

The company plans to stamp out bugs in its Office 97 desktop application package with an update slated to be posted to its Web site this summer.

Microsoft plans to stamp out bugs in its Office 97 desktop application package with an update slated to be posted to its Web site this summer.

Office 97 Service Release 2 (SR2) will include a number of bug fixes, but will not include any new features, Microsoft said.

Included in the package will be currently available downloads such as the Microsoft Excel 97 for Windows auto-recalculation patch, as well as a Microsoft PowerPoint 97 file that correctly formats dates when saving presentations to PowerPoint 4.0.

The auto-recalculation patch fixes recalculation problems reported in Excel, including problems reported with using shared formulas, Microsoft said. A new version of the patch was posted on April 22.

The PowerPoint patch updates date handling and ensures that PowerPoint 97 is Year 2000 compliant.

To install SR2, users must have downloaded and installed the previously released SR1, which is posted to Microsoft's Web site.