Office 2010, SharePoint 2010 SP2 Public Beta; SQL 2000 SP4 Extended Support Ends

Office 2010, SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2) Public Beta--now compatibility with Windows 8 and IE10. SQL Server 2000 SP4 Extended Lifecycle Support Ends April 9th, 2013. New Authenticator app for Microsoft Accounts.

Microsoft Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010Sevice Pack 2 (SP2) enter in to the public beta as on April 8th of 2013 and comes in a 32bit flavor for Office 2010 (1,759.51 MB) as well as a 64bit flavor for Office 2010 (1,954.7 MB).

Service Pack 2 is valid for Office 2010, Project 2010, Visio 2010, SharePoint Designer 2010, Office 2010 Language Pack, and Office 2010 Filter Pack.

The SP2 public beta is stated to "includes previously unreleased fixes that were made specifically for this service pack. In addition to general product fixes include improvements in stability, performance, and security as well as compatibility with Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and Internet Explorer 10," Microsoft stated.

"The service pack beta also includes all the public updates and cumulative updates (hotfixes) that have been released since Service Pack 1. A full list of fixes will be available at the time of final release," Microsoft adds.

The Public Beta of Service Pack 2 is valid until December 31st of 2013, or until Microsoft releases the final version of Service Pack 2, and is available in either English or Japanese.

Grab the SP2 over at Microsoft Connect.

In other Microsoft news, the company is working on several new security features for Microsoft account service, including two-factor authentication that would work with mobile phones through a new Windows Store app called "Authentication."

Microsoft has released a new app for Windows Phone called "Authenticator," which is designed to generate security codes associated with two-factor authentication.

At the time of writing this article two-factor authentication is not avilable for my account. But this suggests that, eventually, Microsoft will enable the extra security measure for its cloud services, presumably sometime soon and likely for first of all.

"The Authenticator app generates security codes you can use to help keep your Microsoft account secure," according to release notes.

"You can add your Microsoft account to the app by scanning a barcode or by manually entering a secret key. The app implements industry-standard security code generation and may also work with other services and providers," the app description reads.

The mobile phone app is already available in the Windows Phone Store, and will soon get the two-factor authentication feature is yet to be released.

Microsoft Authenticator app

Microsoft Windows Store Authenticator App

Microsoft also announced that the Extended Lifecycle Support for SQL Server 2000 SP4 ends on April 9th; 2013.

"SQL Server 2000 SP4 will no longer receive assisted support or security updates from Microsoft after the end of the extended support date. Self-Help online support will continue to be available for a minimum of 12 months after the product reaches the end of support. Self-Help options include public knowledge base articles, FAQs, troubleshooting tools which are typically available from and the Microsoft Download Center."