Microsoft Office users, listen up. There’s an important update that you will want to get as soon as you can. This is something you have to know – Microsoft has released Service Pack 1 for Office 2013. That means you need to get downloading to enjoy its benefits.

The release of the Office 2013 Service Pack 1 has not involved a lot of fanfare; indeed it has been a rather quiet affair. The official announcement on the Office Blogs is short and sweet:

Today we’ve released Service Pack 1 (SP1) for the 2013 set of Office products including Office 2013, SharePoint 2013 and Exchange Server 2013. SP1 delivers greater stability, expanded functionality, security enhancements and improved compatibility with Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Office 2013 customers will begin to get notifications of SP1 availability through Windows Update within the next 30 days. Exchange Server 2013 and SharePoint 2013 customers can download SP1 at the Microsoft download center. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, you are always on the most up-to-date version of Office products so you are all set!

Office 2013 Service Pack 1

In case you’re yearning for more information as to why you should download Office 2013 Service Pack 1 (although this is really a no brainer for any Microsoft user), here are some points that the company has highlighted:

  • Improves compatibility with Windows 8.1.
  • Improves compatibility with Internet Explorer 11.
  • Improves compatibility with modern hardware, such as high-DPI devices and the precision touchpad.
  • Provides new apps for Office capabilities and APIs for third-party developers.

Well that’s a lot of “improves” there, so there really is no reason to delay downloading Office 2013 Service Pack 1, is there?

For more specific details and a complete description of what’s included in Office 2013 Service Pack 1, visit the official page.

Here are the download links:

Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2817430) 32-Bit Edition
Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2817430) 64-Bit Edition

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