Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 released

Microsoft has released its second Service Pack for Office 2007 today.

Service Pack 2 includes some significant changes, including built-in ability to save as ODF & PDF formats, improvements to Outlook's performance and calendar reliability and significant bug fixes for charts in core Office applications. It is also a rollup of all fixes that have previously been released for Office 2007 products.

The company has published a support article detailing the various fixes and improvements contained in the SP2 update. According to the document there are improvements in the following areas, to name but a few:

  • Outlook responsiveness
  • More reliable Outlook calendar updates
  • Search reliability
  • RSS improvements in Outlook
  • Better .pdf/.xps output fidelity
  • Improves the charting mechanism in Excel 2007
  • Provides faster file resaves in PowerPoint 2007
Microsoft has also published a full changes list which details all the updates and fixes for SP2.

The download is available here.

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ODF? Yes! Finally, I won't have to worry about file formats anymore... I use OpenOffice and Office 2007... and Office 2003 at school. Now my laptop with Office 2007 can open them all! :P

bradavon said,
@ PLOCRI: It looks like SP2 does include SP1:

http://community.winsupersite.com/blogs/pa...7-with-sp2.aspx

This link also details how much easier it is to create a Slipstream disc.


you said well "IT LOOKS LIKE"...

I had my Office 2007 (without any service pack included) copied on my hd.
I extracted the sp2 files and pasted in the folder "Updates". Then I installed Office and at the end of installation it resulted sp2 version.

(sorry for my english, i'm italian )

chorpeac said,
So I guess I should uninstall that pdf addin then, before installing the SP2. Or does the SP2 install remove it for me?

I uninstalled it before hand. It only takes a few seconds. I bet it won't remove the reference in Add/Remove, even if it uninstalls the code.

Statikk said,
No update for Expression Web this time around?

It seems to depend where you look. Windows Update says it's for Expression Web too but it doesn't say if it's v1 or v2. The Standalone download site makes no mention of Expression Web and Visual Web Developer.

This was the same with SP1 though. WU said it's for Expression Web but nothing is mentioned on the website. I read it to mean that it's for Office not Expression Web specifically but due to sharing the same code it likely update Expression Web too a bit also.

plocri said,
Guys you do not need SP1 to install SP2.
I slipstreamed it in my office 2007 (vanilla (without any SP)) and it works!

Is this definitely the case? Has anyone tried to install it without SP1 installed? Thanks

I'm wondering if I can delete my Standalone SP1 EXE. I like to keep a backup of old SPs, if I need them.

Except for Vista which has been confirmed, it's always been policy that new SPs include all old SPs too. The last time you had to install a prior Service Pack was with Office 2000, you need Service Release 1 (aka SP1) before installing SP3.

bradavon said,

Is this definitely the case? Has anyone tried to install it without SP1 installed? Thanks


Yes, you don't need sp1 in order to install sp2.
Sp2 includes sp1!

Guys you do not need SP1 to install SP2.
I slipstreamed it in my office 2007 (vanilla (without any SP)) and it works!

I've installed the standalone exe but now Windows Update suggest me to install again Office 07 SP2 and a bunch of other help files. what's up ? it's weird.

Has anyone confirmed whether Office SP1 is needed in your machine before installing SP2? Or I can just install SP2 directly on a fresh copy of MS Office 2007?

SP2 files contain all the fixes originally in SP1. You can install SP2 right after a fresh install of the original office.

I'm running Windows 7 RC x64 and applied the standalone 290 MB SP2 Office update but just ran Windows Update there and there was a ton of updates for each Office application. You'd have thought those updated Help files etc would be included in the 290 MB executable.

Outlook is now faster than I ever expected. It usually took about 5 seconds to open before, now it opens instantly. They did an excellent job!

Nexx295 said,
Outlook is now faster than I ever expected. It usually took about 5 seconds to open before, now it opens instantly. They did an excellent job!

indeed..it's damn awesome.

Office 2007 SP2 - BEWARE!!!! It will break your connection to your Exchange 2007 server. It seems this in another Microsoft not test enough before releasing service pack. I had to restore to a my restore point from earlier in the day to make OL2007 and EXCH2007 talk to each other again.

Dowlnloaded @ c300-600, 290Mb. Installed no problem. Just running through every thing now. Outlook feels a bit slow but it is the first run so I'll give it all time.
Using XP-Pro SP3 (4)

just make sure the download is 290MB - that is the correct one. My install went well - no reboot required. When I started Outlook after the install, it did take about 10 minutes to go thru the folders while stating that it is readying outlook for first use - i have a 3GB ost plus a 7GB archive pst so it kinda makes sense.

I'm using Vista 32bit SP1 and I already had Office SP1 installed (Enterprise).

One of the fixes seems to be Aero Snap working properly in Windows 7. You can now restore maximized windows by dragging down the titlebar.

rm20010 said,
One of the fixes seems to be Aero Snap working properly in Windows 7. You can now restore maximized windows by dragging down the titlebar.

Except for Excel...

Getting 500-600Kb/s over here, so let's hope it'll download completely.

What if I installed the "beta" hotfix for Outlook previously, would it be best to uninstall that hotfix first?

Download complete btw, no corrupt file message, runs fine.

I've downloaded it 3 times now from the same link, every time it is corrupt and every time the file size is different... I've goten 110MB, 340mb, 267mb... downloaded it AGAIN and its finally saying its 290MB ugh...

Well, it already broke Outlook for me. We're using Yahoo!'s Zimbra as our mail system, and the Zimbra Outlook connector appears to be incompatible with SP2. It throws an error and won't allow me to open Outlook. I had to do a System Restore to go back to SP1 since you can't uninstall it from Add/Remove Programs. Looks like something Yahoo will have to fix.

chaos_disorder said,
Well, it already broke Outlook for me. We're using Yahoo!'s Zimbra as our mail system, and the Zimbra Outlook connector appears to be incompatible with SP2. It throws an error and won't allow me to open Outlook. I had to do a System Restore to go back to SP1 since you can't uninstall it from Add/Remove Programs. Looks like something Yahoo will have to fix.


Shouldn't need to do a system restore. In Vista you just go to Programs and Features and click on Installed Updates and its there for me. I have not installed it on an XP system yet but make sure you don't have updates hidden otherwise you may not see it.

Beastage said,
What about windows 7 build 7100? can I safely install this SP2?

well im sure if you can install/run office on windows 7 then you can properly update it

to be honest i cant' remember the last time i had trouble downloading something from microsoft.

load balancing anyone?? it's almost like the file is corrupt or something.. i'm getting good speeds.. but it just "completes" at 85mb-190mb ( i've tried about a dozen times already)

If you have a technet or msdn account download it from there. I used the regular site and it would stop but i logged onto technet and it worked

i tried downloading using IE... and firefox.. it craps out at 190mb says its complete... which is BS... how the hell do i download this?

"If a Windows Vista user connects to an Exchange Server by using RPC/HTTP, enters his or her user name and password, and then selects the "Remember my password" option, the next time that Outlook connects, the user is still prompted for credentials."

are they saying they fixed it? that would be awesome... let me start downloading this right away.

SK[ said,]Link works now and boy its a slow download...

Lol!! considering how many people are gonna be hitting this, that's not really a surprise.

I'm 25% done, at around 200KB/s, which is pretty good for me!

I'm waiting on this with baited breath, there's over 200 updates to Excel alone, good to see MS putting stuff right - FINALLY a built-in export function from Access to Excel!! I reckon business adoption of this will be through the roof.

Agreed. I work for a company which might be the only one to have migrated from Outlook/Exchange to the turd known as Lotus Notes. And an older version I might add. Hate it.

they're probably not allowed, for competition reasons. there was an uproar about saving as pdf when office 07 was in development

Origamihl said,
Would it be so hard to them to integrate full PDF support, to open files too ? I hate adobe reader....

Try foxit reader, it's free.

What's wrong with Adobe reader and why do people think it's so bloated? Last I recall 9.1 was VERY fast and didn't feel bloated at all.

xiphi said,
What's wrong with Adobe reader and why do people think it's so bloated? Last I recall 9.1 was VERY fast and didn't feel bloated at all.


Because in the day and age where we have 1.5TB hard drives people think just because it takes up like 100MB installed its automatically bloatware, almost like they can't get a bigge drive. :)

Adobe Reader is fast and even Acrobat is as well, I have no compliants here.

xiphi said,
What's wrong with Adobe reader and why do people think it's so bloated? Last I recall 9.1 was VERY fast and didn't feel bloated at all.

strange how foxit has made such traction at my company then eh?

Martog said,
Because in the day and age where we have 1.5TB hard drives people think just because it takes up like 100MB installed its automatically bloatware, almost like they can't get a bigge drive. :)

Adobe Reader is fast and even Acrobat is as well, I have no compliants here.


No thats not the reason. 1. The damn installer is huge (40+meg) 2. They force you to install AIR, which most of us don't need. 3. When they release a security update, they make you download the whole damn thing again instead of hot patching what you have. All of this adds up to a big PITA for people dealing with slow PCs and slow internet connections. There is just no excuse for it to be the way it is now.

Martog said,
Adobe Reader is fast and even Acrobat is as well, I have no compliants here.

You do realize that the reason that Adobe seems "fast" is because it adds crap to the startup so that it ALWAYS running.
Face it, Reader is a steaming pile

Gr3m1in said,
Use Foxit Reader instead, craps all over Adobe Reader and is VERY light

I thought this was about the Office 2007 Service Pack 2?

SK[ said,]Outlook imo is quite bulky, when used with Exchange though, its one **** hot app.

talk about bulky... try lotus notes!

Faisal Islam said,

how dare u compare outlook with lotus note??? outlook rules!

That was kind of the point - when you're stuck with something so much worse outllook is heaven

Guys,

I'm getting a few conflicting reports from other sites about how you add this in to the CD - do I have to remove the files that made up SP1 first, or add this in with the files from SP1 (and then re-burn the image)?

Thanks for the help...

Yeah, awesome! Im currently using beta sp2, and one thing i can definitely notice is outlook performance boost. Now it works like it always should have.

Built-in ODF & PDF? That's great news!
I wish they would make it possible to slipstream it normally instead of simply extracting the SP installer to the Updates directory on the media.

Avi said,
I wish they would make it possible to slipstream it normally instead of simply extracting the SP installer to the Updates directory on the media.
I agree. They should at least allow us to integrate the service packs, and then use the "UPDATES" folder for all non-SP updates. But MS has already said they aren't going to enable that ability in the Office suites any more. Right now I've got almost 550 MB of updates that get installed on top of each Office 2007 installation.

I would like to see them remove the program not responding message you get for 45 seconds - 2 minutes when you load an office live document, but I doubt that would happen

jordan399 said,
I would like to see them remove the program not responding message you get for 45 seconds - 2 minutes when you load an office live document, but I doubt that would happen

I've never seen a problem like that since O2K7 live came out

Vexii said,
Great news!!!

Indeed. It's a shame though you can't integrate SP2 and thus have to waste time with first installing the Office Suite and then installing SP2 on top with new installs (which happen very often when you're frequently doing new installs of Win7 builds).