6 Appendix A: Product Behavior


The information in this specification is applicable to the following Microsoft products or supplemental software. References to product versions include released service packs.

§ The 2007 Microsoft Office system

§ Microsoft Office 2010 suites

Exceptions, if any, are noted below. If a service pack or Quick Fix Engineering (QFE) number appears with the product version, behavior changed in that service pack or QFE. The new behavior also applies to subsequent service packs of the product unless otherwise specified. If a product edition appears with the product version, behavior is different in that product edition.

Unless otherwise specified, any statement of optional behavior in this specification that is prescribed using the terms SHOULD or SHOULD NOT implies product behavior in accordance with the SHOULD or SHOULD NOT prescription. Unless otherwise specified, the term MAY implies that the product does not follow the prescription.

<1> Section 2.2.3:  This list of blocked characters is because of the fact that the Param values can be used in SMB filepaths (as specified in [MS-SMB]) and in other scenarios, which each contribute restrictions on which characters may be used. The MERX client used by Office performs simple character substitutions (for example, the underscore "_" character in place of prohibited punctuation characters, or the letter "X" replacing the first letter of prohibited words) to bring the parameters into conformance.

<2> Section  Many products, including Office, now use Generic Error Reporting (as specified in section of this document) to report installation failures since it allows each product to define an appropriate parameter set for its error reports.