Office 2007 Technical Refresh Now Available

    September 14, 2006

The Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh (wow! spiffy name!) is now available for download. Just go to this page.

The download is 494.7 megabytes. You can also download much smaller Technical Refresh updates for specific Office products via this page.

It’s funny, but the page says the download is for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP, yet the file description reads:

This is an update to the Beta 2 version of a 2007 Microsoft Office system product. Beta 2 Technical Refresh updates are compatible with the Microsoft Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 pre-release product.

The Technical Refresh expires on March 31, 2007 (although the license agreement may display the wrong date), a pretty short beta, which may be kind of proof that the release dates rumored for Office 2007 (late January) are pretty on target.

Technical Refresh disables Office’s Save as PDF/XPS capability. You must install the plugin to restore the feature.

Technical Refresh is incompatible with the Norton Antivirus Office plugin, that checks for viruses in macros. If the plugin is running, you will not be able to open files in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access and Project. Disable the plugin until the issue is fixed.

There are a few other known issues worth checking out.


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