Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 Contains Major Improvements

By Larry Seltzer  |  Posted 2009-04-29 Print this article Print

The massive Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 updates improve features and performance of Office client applications, server applications and SharePoint. They also add new features like ODF and PDF support.

Microsoft April 28 released a series of service packs for Office 2007, the Office Server Products and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. Office 2007 Service Pack 2 itself covers the client suite.

The service packs, of course, consolidate the many security and lesser updates since the last service pack, but many feature upgrades and performance improvements are specified in this service pack.

The most notable change is the ability of Office applications to save as PDF, which was previously available from Microsoft as a separate download. 

A series of knowledge base articles detail what the changes are for each product in the various suites. A list of these articles and the products to which they apply can be found in this Office Sustained Engineering blog entry. The changes just in the Office 2007 client suite can be found in this knowledge base article.

A selection of the changes made includes:

  • SP2 adds the ability to open, edit and save documents in Version 1.1 of the OpenDocument Format for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. ODF is the document format standard used by, Sun's StarOffice and a number of other programs
  • Performance and print fidelity of graphics improved in some cases
  • Support built in for Internet Explorer 8, Windows Vista SP2 (just released), Windows Server 2008 SP2 (also just released), Windows 7 (in beta) and Windows Server R2 (also in beta)
  • Import/export improvements
  • Outlook performance and reliability improvements
The download size can be as much as 290.2MB, depending on which components you have installed. Office 2007 SP2 is the first service pack to support uninstall both from the command line and the Service Pack Uninstall Tool.

This tool allows you to remove all of the SP2 updates to apps or even individual ones. This tool is available as a separate download.

Larry Seltzer has been writing software for and English about computers ever since—,much to his own amazement—,he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

He was one of the authors of NPL and NPL-R, fourth-generation languages for microcomputers by the now-defunct DeskTop Software Corporation. (Larry is sad to find absolutely no hits on any of these +products on Google.) His work at Desktop Software included programming the UCSD p-System, a virtual machine-based operating system with portable binaries that pre-dated Java by more than 10 years.

For several years, he wrote corporate software for Mathematica Policy Research (they're still in business!) and Chase Econometrics (not so lucky) before being forcibly thrown into the consulting market. He bummed around the Philadelphia consulting and contract-programming scenes for a year or two before taking a job at NSTL (National Software Testing Labs) developing product tests and managing contract testing for the computer industry, governments and publication.

In 1991 Larry moved to Massachusetts to become Technical Director of PC Week Labs (now eWeek Labs). He moved within Ziff Davis to New York in 1994 to run testing at Windows Sources. In 1995, he became Technical Director for Internet product testing at PC Magazine and stayed there till 1998.

Since then, he has been writing for numerous other publications, including Fortune Small Business, Windows 2000 Magazine (now Windows and .NET Magazine), ZDNet and Sam Whitmore's Media Survey.

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