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Microsoft Plans Office 2003 Service Pack For May

There's no rest for the weary.

Microsoft is putting pedal to the metal to get Service Pack 1 for Office 2003 out by May, sources said. The current schedule is to prep a release candidate by April and final, or "Release To Web," code by late May.

This release is critical because many corporate accounts hold off on upgrading to new software versions until the first service pack is available.

The plan now is for SP 1 to include not only the hot fixes and patches that typically flow after the retail release of a product, but also fairly major new features for both InfoPath and OneNote, the sources said.

InfoPath is the application that enables a user's desktop applications -- Word, Excel, etc. -- to tap into back-end data via XML links. OneNote is a note-taking application that eliminates the need for keyboard entry.

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