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Microsoft is releasing SP2 for Office 2007 in a few hours, and as usual you will want to get this installed ASAP. There are a lot of fixes and improvements to the entire Office package, but the most notable may be the big Outlook performance boost […]

office-logoMicrosoft is releasing SP2 for Office 2007 in a few hours, and as usual you will want to get this installed ASAP. There are a lot of fixes and improvements to the entire Office package, but the most notable may be the big Outlook performance boost that MS is claiming. SP2 finally brings the ability to work in OpenDocument Format for Office 2007, a much-needed addition.

OneNote 2007 users should be sure and get SP2 for that, as it is also being released today and, according to MS, has the following improvements:

  • Improved SharePoint sync
  • Fewer crashes
  • Security improvements
  • Fix for when you send an email from OneNote and the embedded files end up as images in Outlook instead of attached files

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  1. I think I’ll stick with the “if it ain’t broken…” approach here. None of the items listed sounds useful to me (other than maybe the security thingie… but even then what security problems could Office have when I write a letter or a simple spreadsheet?).

    1. I believe there is the possibility of malicious code being able to take advantage of weaknesses in the programs’ code. We are normally advised by out IT security staff to update programs when potential security exploits have been identified and corrected. Given what they have to deal with on a daily basis, I’ll take their word on it. YMMV.

      –Ken

  2. Why is OpenDocument format “much needed”? I’ve never come across a file in this format in my entire life and doubt too many other people have either. The only thing notable about the format is that a very noisy but very tiny number of Linux users seem to want to thrust it on the rest of us despite the fact that it’s neither needed nor wanted.

  3. I would get it just for the Outlook updates. Outlook 2007 SP2 is much quicker than Outlook 2007 SP1. Trust me. Plus if you are an Access user – they added back the feature to convert Reports into Excel files. Open Office may not be that big of a deal but they keep gaining a little bit of ground so it is useful just in case you come across one. Plus, stability issues are addressed. PDF and XPS support are now built in as opposed to a separate download. Overall, SP2 is much better than SP1.

  4. Just the boost performance in outlook is worth the entire service pack.

    Now Outlook flies!!!! It’s just a new program!!

  5. GoodThings2Life Tuesday, April 28, 2009

    Well considering you can get the Outlook update on its own, it hardly justifies a 290MB service pack, HOWEVER, all of the other stability and performance updates throughout the suite DO justify it, and yes, it IS a big boost in Outlook.

  6. well I think they have done more to Outlook since because I already had the Outlook update and with SP2 it is faster with the update alone.

  7. The OneNote to Outlook item confuses me. I currently want images I have in OneNote to embed in the body of my Outlook email going out.

    Are they saying that in the future (after update) when I attempt to email from OneNote my image I want embedded as HTML in the body are now going to convert to attached files???

  8. Well, I have experienced a better performance since SP2 that only with the patch for outlook alone, so something more is in the sp.

  9. We have already experienced a major problem with this service pack on all our machines running Office 2007. Outlook 2007 now seems unable to get Global Address Book information which breaks sending mail, and oddly, printing emails too. The errors say something along the lines of it being ‘offline’ and unable to talk to the Exchange server when it clearly can and still picks up mail fine.
    The command line Service Pack uninstaller took several attempts to get it working but removing SP2 does fix the problem so its definitely the culprit. This is causing us a major headache right now.

  10. Frank,

    We’ve got the same issue on our corporate network and its definately an SP2 issue. Our PC’s that are running SP1/Pre SP1 work perfectly with the address book but SP2 just won’t play ball.

    Our setup is we’re on one domain and accessing our outlook accounts on another domain by logging into to that domain in outlook. Is yours similar or is everything on one network? I’m trying to narrow down the issue.

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