Well if you checked your Windows Update this morning you may have noticed that there was a nice surprise in there The 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 2 (SP2)- yeah another short name. The service pack brings back some very noticeable performance gains and stability to the whole office suite, especially for me in Outlook, where I spend most of my time and recently it was crashing more than a car at a demolition derby. The patch for Outlook alone is worth the 290MB download. It loads and closes much faster and is almost on par with Outlook Web Access in performance. Search still is very slow and I still rely on LookOut, (which needs two dll’s patched to work with 2007, but it works even with Exchange Archive Servers!)
Here are some of the details of what was updated:
Service Pack 2 adds the ability to open, edit and save documents in version 1.1 of the OpenDocument Format for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. These applications now let users save, open, and edit files as OpenDocument Text (*.odt), OpenDocument Spreadsheet (*.ods), and OpenDocument Presentations (*.odp).
The 2007 Microsoft Office Service Pack 2 is the first service pack to support uninstall of client updates through the Microsoft Service Pack Uninstall Tool for the 2007 Microsoft Office Suite as well as via Windows Installer command line. The Service Pack Uninstall Tool will be available as a separate download.
The Microsoft Save As PDF or XPS add-in has been built into Office applications in SP2. Users no longer have to download and install the add-in separately.
When many graphic objects are present performance has been improved.
In many scenarios, expect increased print fidelity of graphical objects.
Improved interoperability using standard DrawingML markup to describe the visual properties of the SmartArt graphic.
Substantial improvements to Forms-based authentication support in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and SPD.
- Performance in startup, shutdown, view rendering, and folder switch has been improved.
- Calendar updates, search, and RSS are more reliable.
- The object model has been improved.
The 2007 Office Suite SP2 has been tested and is supported for Internet Explorer 8. Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows 7 and Windows Server R2 will all be supported upon their release.
Download Office 2007 SP2 directly from here
Also check out this Excel spreadsheet which shows all of the changes in this update: 2007 Office Service Pack 2 Changes.xlsx.