Office 2007 SP2 Features

Microsoft annnounced the availability of Office 2007 SP2 from April 28 (Ship Date). The following are some of the features that users will find in Office 2007 SP2:

Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 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

Significant Changes in Office 2007 SP2, that will impact Desktop Programs

The following are a few significant changes in Microsoft Office 2007 SP2, that will impact Desktop Programs:

  • Service Pack 2 adds the ability to open, edit and save documents in version 1.1 of the OpenDocument Format for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. These applications now let users save, open, and edit files as OpenDocument Text (*.odt), OpenDocument Spreadsheet (*.ods), and OpenDocument Presentations (*.odp).
  • The 2007 Microsoft Office Service Pack 2 is the first service pack to support uninstall of client updates through the Microsoft Service Pack Uninstall Tool for the 2007 Microsoft Office Suite as well as via Windows Installer command line. The Service Pack Uninstall Tool will be available as a separate download
  • The Microsoft Save As PDF or XPS add-in has been built into Office applications in SP2. Users no longer have to download and install the add-in separately
  • When many graphic objects are present performance has been improved
  • In many scenarios, expect increased print fidelity of graphical objects
  • Improved interoperability using standard DrawingML markup to describe the visual properties of the SmartArt graphic
  • Substantial improvements to Forms-based authentication support in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and SPD

The Office 2007 SP2 Suite has been tested and is supported for Internet Explorer 8. Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows 7 and Windows Server R2 will all be supported upon their release. We will update on more Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 features in our subsequent articles.

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