The Service Pack 1 of Office 2013 is now available with stability and compatibility improvements with Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

Extending compatibility with Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft has released Office 2012 Service Pack 1. The release also addresses security and stability issues with Internet Explorer 11.

An update package is available as a standalone installer on Microsoft Download Center as well as can be downloaded through Windows Update. At the same time, the Redmond developers have also released the Service Pack 1 for Office 2013 RT, which can also be get by aforementioned methods while Office 365 subscribers won’t have to take any action.

Microsoft will automatically update the cloud version of Office suite in the next update.

What’s new in Office 2013 Service Pack 1:

  • Compatibility fixes for Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11 for client and for Windows Server 2012 R2 for server.
  • Better support for modern hardware, such as high DPI devices and the precision touchpad.
    New APIs for developers.
  • Power Map for Excel, a 3D visualization tool for mapping, exploring, and interacting with geographical and temporal data in Excel, is now available to Office 365 ProPlus subscription customers.
  • Improvements to the Click-to-Run virtualization technology that installs and updates Office 365 desktop applications.
  • SkyDrive Pro is now OneDrive for Business.

A service pack is a cumulative update and contains all previous updates released after the Office 2013 RTM. At one fell swoop, Microsoft has also updated SharePoint 2013 and Exchange Server 2013.

You might also like to look at the release notes and read about the new features in this version. Following the Service Pack 1 for Office 2013, SharePoint 2013 and Exchange Server 2013, direct download links have now made their way online.

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