Office 2003 SP2 cans spam

Tuesday's patches contain spam and phishing crackdowns, plus support for November's SQL Server and Visual Studio releases.

Only hours after Sun Microsystems Inc. released the newest version of its StarOffice desktop productivity suite, Microsoft posted an update to its own Office desktop software.

Microsoft's Office 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) was posted on Tuesday. It adds an improvement to Outlook that helps prevent phishing, as well as improved handling of spam, Microsoft said. Junk e-mail is now rendered as plain text and links are disabled within the message.

SP2 also includes fixes for numerous applications. Support is added for SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005, which are both due out in November.

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