I’ve been beta testing Office 2007 SP2 since the beginning of the year, and it’s been great – the single biggest reason to use it is the myriad improvements made to Outlook, in terms of stability & performance (particularly relating to search and to startup & closedown).
From the summary of what’s new, check out:
Microsoft Office Outlook
- Performance improvements that apply to the following general responsiveness areas:
Removes lengthy operations from initial startup.
Makes Outlook exit predictably despite pending activities.
- Folder View and Switch
Improves view rendering and folder switching.
- Calendar improvements
Improves underlying data structures and the general reliability of calendar updates.
- Data file checks
Greatly reduces the number of scenarios in which you receive the following error message when you start Outlook:
The data file 'file name' was not closed properly. This file is being checked for problems.
- Search reliability
Improves search reliability when you use SP2 with Windows Desktop Search 4
- Improvements to Really Simple Syndication (RSS)
There are now fewer duplicated items.
- Object Model improvements
Now contains many customer-driven fixes.
For more information about these improvements and details about other Outlook fixes, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
968774 Outlook 2007 improvements in the 2007 Microsoft Office suite Service Pack 2