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Microsoft: Requirement to Install Certain Updates for Select Office Products

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 & 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 & Access 2002.

You can download both Office 2003 SP2 and the Office XP SP3 patches from:

This information will be included with all Office software sold via WISC.

January 2006