Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2007 Days Away
Article by George Norman
On 15 Apr 2009
On the 28th of April (which is about 9 days away, not including the weekends), Microsoft will make Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2007 available for download via Windows Update/Microsoft Update and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). In related MS Office news, the Redmond-based software developer was recently fined over $11 million because it apparently broke the law by actively coordinating the pricing activities of a German retailer (details here).

There are several changes that come with Office 2007 SP2, as you can see below; the one thing the Service Pack team wanted to emphasize at this point is that SP2 Beta was the largest Beta test they’ve ever done for an Office pack, including thousands of testers from more than 60 countries. What this means is that when the final version of Office 2007 Service Pack 2 is released on April 28, it will come with tons of improvements.

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Here are the changes that impact desktop applications, included in Office 2007 Service Pack 2:
- Open, edit and save documents in version 1.1 of the OpenDocument Format for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint: OpenDocument Text (.odt), OpenDocument Spreadsheet (.ods) and OpenDocument Presentations (.odp).
- Uninstall client updates support via the Service Pack Uninstall Tool for the 2007 Microsoft Office Suite (separate download).
- Save as PDF/XPS support.
- Improved performance for displaying numerous graphic objects.
- Enhanced print fidelity for graphical objects.
- Improved interoperability.

A more detailed list of SP2 changes is available here, provided by the Microsoft Update Product Team.

It must be said that Office 2007 Service Pack 2 has been tested and is supported for IE8 (Internet Explorer 8). Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows 7 and Windows Server R2 will also be supported – they just have to be released first.



Tags: Microsoft, Office 2007, Service Pack 2, SP2
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