Microsoft decided to recall no less than four hotfixes that were part of the latest Cumulative Update for Excel 2007, released at the end of October 2011.
It appears that the recalled fixes were incomplete, a small detail which meant that the software giant needed to discontinue their availability.
The Redmond company’s Will Buffington confirmed the move, and also offered the following explanation: “Two critical fixes that were supposed to be part of this CU were missing.”
Buffington doesn’t provide any information on the specific critical fixes which Microsoft neglected to include in the latest CU release of Excel 2007.
However, he did provide a list with the four hotfixes that were recalled, which includes:
“KB 2596535 - You have a Word document that contains a text box and a picture. The text box overlays the picture. When you use a computer that has the 2007 Microsoft Office suite Service Pack 2 (SP2) installed to print the Word document in Office Word 2007, the document is printed incorrectly.
KB 2596538 - The Camera tool performs slowly in Microsoft Office Excel 2007 when you use a zoom setting other than 100 percent in a workbook. Additionally, Office Excel 2007 runs slowly when you open the workbook or move a shape in the workbook.
KB 2596539 – a fix for the issue generating the following error message ‘The file 'FileName.xls' may have been changed by another user since you last saved it. In that case, what do you want to do?’”
KB 2596545 is also on the list, providing fixes for a range of issues, including problems that cause Excel 2007 to crash.
Microsoft is currently working to provide the full October 2011 Cumulative Update to Excel 2007 customers once again. “These updates will be be-issued as soon as possible,” Buffington added, although no official release date has been announced as of yet.
The 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 3 (SP3) is available for download here.