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The cumulative update packages for December 2008 contain the latest hotfixes for Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3, Microsoft Office Project 2003 Service Pack 3, Microsoft Office Project Server 2003 Service Pack 3, Microsoft Office Visio 2003 Service Pack 3, Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services Service Pack 3, and Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Service Pack 3.
We recommend that you test hotfixes before you deploy them in a production environment. Because the builds are cumulative, each new fix release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous update package. We recommend that you consider applying the most recent fix release that contains the hotfix that you need.
How to obtain the December 2008 cumulative update packages
A set of supported cumulative update packages are now available from Microsoft. However, each package is intended to correct only the applications that are listed in this article. Apply the packages only to systems that are experiencing these specific problems. If you are not severely affected by any of these problems, we recommend that you wait for the next December 2008 that contains the hotfixes in these cumulative update packages.
Note If additional issues occur or any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for a specific cumulative update package. To create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Packages that are included in the December 2008 cumulative update
A link to a Microsoft Knowledge Base article that discusses each hotfix will be released as the article becomes available. To obtain a specific hotfix, please contact support and ask for the hotfix by referencing the Knowledge Base article number.
For more information about the hotfix packages that are included in the December 2008 cumulative update, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.
Hotfix package name
Knowledge Base article number
958795 Description of Office 2003 hotfix package (Gdiplus.msp): December 16, 2008
959628 Description of the Outlook 2003 hotfix package (Outlook.msp): December 16, 2008
959999 Description of the Excel 2003 hotfix package (Excel.msp): December 16, 2008
960040 Description of Office 2003 hotfix package (Mso.msp): December 16, 2008
960056 Description of the Word 2003 hotfix package (WordSym.msp): December 16, 2008
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960153 Description of the Word 2003 hotfix package (Winword.msp): December 16, 2008
960241 Description of the Excel 2003 hotfix package (Excel.msp, Graph.msp): December 16, 2008
960319 Description of the Access 2003 hotfix package (Msaccess.msp): December 16, 2008
960366 Description of Office 2003 hotfix package (Esnmui.msp, Mssp3es.msp, Ptk.msp): December 16, 2008
960416 Description of the Project Server 2003 hotfix package (Prjsvr.msp): December 16, 2008
960420 Description of the Access 2003 hotfix package (Vbe6.msp): December 16, 2008
960556 Description of the Word 2003 hotfix package (Winword.msp, Wordom.msp): December 16, 2008
960421 Description of the Outlook 2003 hotfix package (Riched20.msp): December 16, 2008
960103 Description of the Outlook 2003 hotfix package (Engmui.msp, Olkintl.msp): December 16, 2008
Prerequisites are listed in the KB articles for the individual packages.