Announcing Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the 2007 Microsoft Office System


We’re pleased to announce that Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the 2007 Microsoft Office system is expected to be released in the near future.  Although we aren’t yet announcing the exact release date, it will fall between February and April of 2009.


 


Historically, we have waited to communicate details about service packs until their release (or very shortly before).  As we communicated with SP3 for Office 2003 and SP1 for the 2007 Office System, we will be taking steps to increase transparency and visibility into the Office servicing model at the request of our customers.  To that end, we would like to start sharing some details into what will be included in SP2 for the 2007 Office system.  This is by no means an exhaustive list of everything included in this service pack and we will share more details prior to the final release, but we want to start communicating to customers what they should be aware of at a high level. 


 


To be fair, this is not the first time we have talked about SP2.  Several months ago, we announced that we’ll be further demonstrating our increased commitment to interoperability by including support for Open Document Format (ODF), XML Paper Specification (XPS), and Portable Document Format (PDF) in SP2.  In addition to those file format additions, some other highlights that you’ll find in SP2 include:


 


For Office Desktop Programs:


·         Improved Outlook Calendaring Reliability


·         Improved Outlook Performance


·         Enabling Object Model support for Charts in PowerPoint and Word


·         Improved cryptographic functionality by supporting all cryptographic algorithms offered by the operating system


·         Improved functionality in Excel’s charting mechanism


·         Ability to ungroup SmartArt graphics (and as a result, the ability to add animations to them in PowerPoint)


·         Ability for Visio to export UML models to an XML file compliant with the XMI standard


·         Tool that enables the uninstall of Office client Service Packs


 


For Servers:


·         Performance and manageability improvements to variations in Enterprise Content Management (ECM) including STSADM commands for repairing links between source and target pages


·         Improvements around processing status approvals from Office Project Web Access into Office Project Professional 2007


·         Improvements to read-only content databases and index rebuild timer jobs in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0


 


In the coming weeks, individual product teams across Office will begin updating their blogs and highlighting some of the specific work that they’ve included in SP2.  You can find the links to some of the blogs at the end of the post.


 


In the next few days we will also invite a select set of Office enterprise customers to a private SP2 beta.  From these customers we hope to gather great feedback about the service pack, including areas that we’ll need to improve upon before we release it to the general public.  Based on the success of the SP2 beta program and customer needs, we will certainly evaluate whether to expand this in the future.


 


Please check back for additional updates!


 


Thanks,


Office Service Pack Team


 


Access Team Blog


Daniel Escapa’s Blog (OneNote)


InfoPath Team Blog


John Guin’s Blog (OneNote)


Excel Team Blog


Project Team Blog


Outlook Team Blog


PowerPoint Team Blog


SharePoint Designer Team Blog


SharePoint Designer Support Blog


Windows SharePoint Services Blog


Word Team Blog

Comments (44)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Ok- not exactly SP2 itself, but the Outlook Team has announced that the February update that shipped

  2. Anonymous says:

    Môj prvý blog post, patrí sa predstaviť. Moje meno je Marek Šamaj, Microsoft konzultant pracujúci v divízií

  3. Anonymous says:

    Et oui, si comme moi vous avez installer MOSS avec SP1 puis directement les december cumulative update,

  4. Anonymous says:

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  5. Anonymous says:

    The Microsoft SharePoint Product Group and the Microsoft Office Service Pack Team announced the Service

  6. Anonymous says:

    Office tým zveřejnil první oficielní informace o připravovaném SP2 pro Office Sytem 2007. Jednou z velkých

  7. Anonymous says:

      Office Sustained Engineering : Announcing Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the 2007 Microsoft Office Syste

  8. Anonymous says:

    If you didn’t catch the news, information about Office 2007 SP2 was released by the Office sustained

  9. Anonymous says:

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  10. Anonymous says:

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  11. Anonymous says:

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  12. Anonymous says:

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  13. Anonymous says:

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  14. Anonymous says:

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  15. Anonymous says:

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  16. Anonymous says:

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  17. Anonymous says:

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  18. Anonymous says:

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  19. Anonymous says:

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  20. Anonymous says:

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  21. Anonymous says:

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  22. Anonymous says:

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  23. Anonymous says:

    Janus has already provided a first take on Redmond releasing another service pack for the Office products. Of course, this SP is not a huge surprise. Microsoft releases services packs every six months to a year, with various "patches" r

  24. anony.muos says:

    Are there any more service packs planned for Office 2003 before mainstream support ends in Q1 2009? Please do a final SP4.

  25. A question asked above about Office 2003 service packs was unfortunately missed due to the large number of comments on this post. Mainstream support for Office 2003 ends in April.  This includes an end to the release of additional service packs.  Therefore, there are no plans to release a Service Pack 4 (SP4) for Office 2003.

  26. Anonymous says:

    The Smart Art thing is sweet! BTW any chance of getting some more animation effects?

  27. online game says:

    The Office Service Pack team officially anounced the upcoming Service Pack 2 for the Office 2007 suite..

  28. Anonymous says:

    as i’m typing this post, i’m running on windows vista sp2 release candidate, just downloaded and installed

  29. Anonymous says:

    Details have recently been published and released here regarding service pack 2 for Office 2007. The

  30. Hello Greg,

    Service Pack 2 for Outlook is essentially identical to the February Outlook update. If you install Service Pack 2, you will also get fixes to shared Office components. Service Pack 1 will leave support in April 2010, and after that point security updates and hotfixes will only apply to Service Pack 2, so you should plan to install SP2 by then. Let me know if you have any additional questions.

    Sincerely,

    David Seidman

    Program Manager, Microsoft Office Sustained Engineering Team

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  32. Anonymous says:

    Hi – we deployed the February Outlook update to our clients to fix some immediate performance issues with Outlook, and it was successful.  Since we are currently using only Outlook 2007, not the other Office 2007 applications, I’d like to know if there’s a need to deploy SP2 also even though we already deploy the February update.  I know all the February items are included in SP2, but where can I find out what’s in SP2 for Outlook that’s NOT in the February update?  This will impact our decision whether or not to roll out SP2.  Thanks very much.

  33. Anonymous says:

    I gladly received the news that the Office team announced Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2007. Not only for the clients but also for the server products (read SharePoint). First of all it’s the…

  34. Anonymous says:

    El Blog oficial de SharePoint 2007 anuncia las primeras novedades en cuanto al Service Pack 2 de SharePoint

  35. Anonymous says:

    Office Sustained Engineering announced the upcoming release of Office 2007 SP2 here . You can also view

  36. Anonymous says:

    Any time frame for a public beta release of Office 2007 SP2?

  37. Anonymous says:

    On Friday Microsoft announced a few interesting details about the next service pack for SharePoint.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Announcing Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the 2007 Microsoft Office System Although the blog entry doesn't

  39. Anonymous says:

    Di che cosa, direte voi… E' stato annunciato il rilascio del service pack 2 di Microsoft Office

  40. Anonymous says:

    The best thing that I like about SP1 of Office 2007 is that it is fully compatible with ODF. Although Microsoft’s interest might differ a lot then ODF project’s, but still it was the demand of the new age to make the two compatible.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Μέσα από το weblog του Office Sustained Engineering έγινε η εξαγγελία του επόμενου Service Pack για το

  42. Anonymous says:

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