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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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.

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.

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'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.

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

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!

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 )

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

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