It's possible those updates would appear in forms vastly different from a service pack, signaling the death of that upgrade format.
Microsoft did not hint at a ship date for Office 2010 SP2, but if it sticks to the timetable it used with SP1, the wait could be long: Office 2010 SP1 was seeded to a small group of beta testers in November 2010, seven months before final release.
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