Microsoft Set to Release Office 2007 SP2

Microsoft recently announced that it will deliver the second service pack—SP2—for its Office 2007 productivity suite sometime this month. The update will be made available to customers via direct download, Windows Update/Microsoft Update, and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), a corporate software updating tool.
"Service Pack 2 for the 2007 Office System will be made available in April," a posting to the WSUS product team blog reads. "Service Pack 2 includes some significant work, including: built-in ability to save as ODF and PDF formats, improvements to Outlook's performance and calendar reliability, significant bug fixes for charts in core Office applications, the ability for client service packs to be removed using an uninstall tool, and a host of customer-requested improvements to the Office Server products. It is also a rollup of all fixes that have previously been released for Office 2007 products."

Microsoft first revealed Office 2007 SP2 in October 2008, when it promised that the update would ship between February and April 2009. The biggest news with this release is native support for the open-source Open Document Format (ODF), which Microsoft is providing to meet the needs of governments and other agencies around the world. Microsoft shipped the first Office 2007 service pack in December 2007.

Office 2007 debuted in January 2007 alongside Windows Vista. Microsoft recently delayed its successor, Office 2010 (codenamed Office 14), until next year.

BY Paul Thurrott

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