As you may already have seen-SP2 for Office 2007 is out and available now. MS have stated it will be added to Windows updates within 3 months but I seem to have it available today…which is nice 🙂 If you haven’t got it and you can’t wait, head over here to grab it now.
It makes all kinds of improvements but the big one is it gives Outlook a great boost, up to 35% faster at starting up, switching between folders etc! It also helps bring the Excel charting more in line with Excel 2003…
The Microsoft Office team have released a great big list of fixes contained in Service Pack 2 for Office 2007 and some of them are great, and look like they’ll fix some issues I’m having 🙂 The full article can be found here and my pick of the fixes is below. (ps SP2 will be out 28th of April 2009-so next week!)
Excel: A chart object model has been added to Word and PowerPoint.
Groove: Synchronization reliability has been improved.
Performance in startup, shutdown, view rendering, and folder switch has been improved.
Calendar updates, search, and RSS are more reliable.
Powerpoint: Resaving of files is faster.
Excel Services: Improved compatibility with Mozilla Firefox browsers.
Props to Chris Parkes for his tweet on this 🙂
Microsoft have confirmed that Office 2007 SP2 will be released in the first half of 2009, sometime between February & April.
The official blog has more info on Microsoft’s commitment to releasing the update including features such as OpenDocument Format (ODF) Support, save to PDF & XPS via the file-save menu and improvements to Outlook, including the (already pretty awesome) calendar.