I know that a lot of people have been anxiously waiting for some meaningful information about what’s coming in Service Pack 1 (SP1) for PPS. The release is scheduled for the end of June, and as Jason mentioned at the end of his kickoff blog, I’m releasing content for the month of June, around the PPS aspects of SP1. Of course, SP1 is an Office 2010 service pack, and the number of updates included for PPS are relatively few when you count them against Office as a whole, but if you’re reading this blog, you obviously care very much about that subset for your favorite dashboarding tool . . . PPS.
I know that you want me to dispense with any small talk about things other than what’s been updated in PPS. But before I do that, I want to let you know what’s in store for the month’s blog. In this post, I’m going to tell you what’s included in the list of SP1 features and fixes. There are actually many more items than what I list here, and many of those things aren’t relevant to the discussion, so I left them out. As a result, I’ve narrowed the list to some of the more relevant and customer-oriented topics. So, without further delay, here is a table listing what the major features and updates include for SP1 and PPS.
So, those are the major ones. By far, the COOLEST thing coming in SP1 is the addition of cascading filters. A lot of thought went into the design, making them quite robust and “feature-rich.” They will certainly please users who have been asking for this functionality. Stay tuned for a post about that in the coming weeks.
The rest of the changes coming in SP1 – like fit and finish updates, unicode character handling, minor localization changes, error handling, etc. – are pretty obscure and very likely won’t noticeably affect anyone reading this blog.
In my next post for this month, we’ll be looking closer at some of the features themselves. I feel like the product team has been offline for a while, and we have, but only from blogging. PPS itself is coming along swimmingly!
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