Microsoft has just released the Beta version of its forthcoming Service Pack 2 for Office 2010 productivity suite. Interested Microsoft Office 2010 users can now head over to the download link (provided at the end this article) to download Service Pack 2.
Microsoft hasn’t revealed detailed information about the included fixes and updates in Service Pack 2 and is expected to provide detailed information when the final version if released. According to the official release notes, SP2 Beta includes previously unreleased fixes, general product fixes, and also some fixes to improve performance, stability and security.
It also includes all public updates, hotfixes that have been released since the release of Service Pack 1 in June 2011. The SP2 will also fix any compatibility issues while running Office 2010 on Windows 8, Internet Explorer 10 and Windows Server 2012.
Please note that this is the Beta version of Service Pack and we don’t encourage you install the same on your main PC. If you would like to test SP2 beta, we suggest you install it either on Windows 7/8 running in virtual machine or at least make sure that System Restore feature is turned on before installing the SP2 Beta.
Also note that an upgrade from Service Pack 2 Beta to Service Pack 2 final might not be available and you may need to uninstall the Beta version before upgrading to the final version. Microsoft hasn’t provided any information whether it will be possible to upgrade from SP2 Beta to final.
Head over to the Microsoft Connect link provided below to access Office 2010 SP2 Beta. Note that you need to sign-in with your Microsoft account to able to download the public Beta. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available. Make sure you download the right version. The download size of 32-bit SP1 Beta is 1760 MB and 64-bit flavour is 1955 MB.