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Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the 2007 Office system

Updated: July 23, 2009

Applies To: Office Resource Kit

 

Topic Last Modified: 2009-08-04

The various Service Pack 2 (SP2) updates for the 2007 Microsoft Office system provide enhanced stability, performance, and security for the 2007 Office system applications. This article provides links to more information about each SP2 update, an overview of the improvements provided by the overall SP2 update, and links to more information about deploying the updates.

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SP2 updates for the 2007 Office system are supported on the following operating systems: Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2; Windows Server 2008; Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1); Windows XP with Service Pack 2, and Windows XP with Service Pack 3.  We recommend that you install 2007 Office system on a version of Windows that has been updated with the latest service pack. However all the SP2 updates for the 2007 Office system can be installed on Windows versions that have been updated with earlier service packs as long as the Windows service packs are supported in the original release of the 2007 Office system application that you are updating.

The following is a list of all 2007 Office system SP2 update packages and all Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP2 update packages.

Client applications for 2007 Office system:

The 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 2 (referred to as the “overall SP2 update” elsewhere in this article)

Microsoft Office Language Pack 2007 Service Pack 2

Microsoft Office Project 2007 Service Pack 2

Microsoft Office Project Language Pack 2007 Service Pack 2

Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 Service Pack 2

Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer Language Pack 2007 Service Pack 2

Microsoft Office Visio 2007 Service Pack 2

Microsoft Office Visio Language Pack 2007 Service Pack 2

Microsoft Office Proofing Tools 2007 Service Pack 2

Microsoft Office Access Runtime and Data Connectivity Components 2007 Service Pack 2

Calendar Printing Assistant for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Service Pack 2

Microsoft Office InterConnect 2007 Service Pack 2

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack Service Pack 2

Microsoft Office Excel Viewer 2007 Service Pack 2

Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2007 Service Pack 2

Microsoft Office Visio Viewer 2007 Service Pack 2

Microsoft Office Language Interface Pack 2007 Service Pack 2

Microsoft Service Pack Uninstall Tool for the 2007 Microsoft Office suite

Server applications for the 2007 Office system:

The 2007 Microsoft Office servers Service Pack 2

The 2007 Microsoft Office servers Service Pack 2, 64-bit edition

The 2007 Microsoft Office servers Language Pack Service Pack 2

The 2007 Microsoft Office servers Language Pack Service Pack 2, 64-bit edition

Applications for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0:

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Service Pack 2

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Service Pack 2, 64-bit edition

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Language Pack Service Pack 2

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Language Pack Service Pack 2, 64-bit edition

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 with Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 x64 with Service Pack 2

For more information about each of the SP2 updates, see the following Knowledge Base (KB) articles:

The improvements listed in this section mostly pertain to The 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 2 (SP2) (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=144524), the overall SP2 update. See SP2 updates for a comprehensive list of all the 2007 Office system SP2 updates and links to their download packages and descriptive KB articles.

The 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 2 update includes the following types of fixes:

  • General products fixes, and improvements in stability, performance, and security.

  • Previously unreleased fixes that were made specifically for this new service pack.

  • All of the public updates, security updates, cumulative updates, and hotfixes released through February 2009.

NoteNote:
  • SP2 updates to applications in the 2007 Office system are available only as patches to the installed applications and are not integrated with full product setup files.

  • For more information about changes provided by the 2007 Office system Service Pack 2, see Office 2007 Service Pack 2 Kiosk (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=157114).

The following sections highlight some of the changes provided by the 2007 Office Suite Service Pack 2 update.

Open Document Format (ODF) is an available file format for saving files in Microsoft Office Word 2007, Microsoft Office Excel 2007, and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007. For more information, see the following resources:

The 2007 Office Suite Service Pack 2 adds support for extensible file formats. Office Word 2007, Office Excel 2007, and Office PowerPoint 2007 are updated to include a converter interface that allows developers to plug third-party custom file formats into 2007 Office system applications. Developers now can create a converter for files of particular extensions. When this converter is installed on a user’s computer, the custom file format behaves as a built-in file format. Users can open and save files in this custom format by clicking the Microsoft Office Button and then clicking Open or Save. Users also can set the custom file format as their default file format. For more information, see Introducing the Open XML Format External File Converter for 2007 Microsoft Office System SP2 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=150645).

The 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 2 adds functionality that allows users to export and save to the Portable Document Format (PDF) and XML Paper Specification (XPS) file format in 2007 Office system applications. Also, users can send files in PDF and XPS file formats as e-mail attachments in some 2007 Office system applications. Before the release of the 2007 Microsoft Office Suite SP2, PDF or XPS file-saving capability was available only as an add-in; see 2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=111590). For more information, see the following resources:

The 2007 Microsoft Office Suite SP 2 provides Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 with performance improvements that apply to the following features:

  • Startup (responsiveness)

  • Shutdown

  • Folder view and view switching

  • Data file checking

  • Search (reliability)

  • Object model (OM)

For more information, see Outlook 2007 improvements in the 2007 Microsoft Office suite Service Pack 2 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=157162).

The 2007 Microsoft Office Suite SP 2 does the following to improve security in 2007 Office system applications:

  • Fixes certain scenarios in which files in trusted locations were treated as nontrusted.

  • Improves several cryptographic or encryption scenarios.

  • Provides a method to ignore time stamping expiration.

  • Provides better security warnings when a certificate is revoked.

  • Provides an updated password algorithm that is synchronized with the document ISO requirements.

  • Provides an ISO-OOXML-compliant password verifier for Office Excel 2007, Office PowerPoint 2007, and Office Word 2007.

  • Enables smarter anti-virus API (AVAPI) blocking for encrypted macros.

For more information about cryptographic improvements, see New, Improved Office Crypto (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=157166).

The 2007 Office Suite Service Pack 2 provides the following graphics enhancements:

  • Improved application performance, especially for Office Excel 2007.

  • Object model (OM) fixes designed to achieve parity with Microsoft Office 2003 applications when the OM supports graphical objects.

  • Increased printing fidelity of graphical objects.

  • XML-based representations of SmartArt graphics in documents are saved with the files to optimize interoperability. This new feature uses DrawingML markup format to describe the visual properties of the SmartArt graphic.

  • Improved Edit Points feature to enable more accurate shape editing and increased interoperability with Office 2003 applications.

The 2007 Microsoft Office Suite SP 2 provides enhancements to the Microsoft Japanese Input Method Editor (IME). This includes improved conversion accuracy and improved self-learning functionality.

An update package is available that contains new and improved Group Policy administrative template files and an enhanced Office Customization Tool (OCT). The OCT enhancements include settings that manage new features that are introduced by the SP2 udpates. For the download, see 2007 Office system (SP2) Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=144523).

For more information about this download, see 2007 Office System Administrative Template Files (ADM, ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool Updates (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=149867).

For information about new Group Policy and OCT settings for OpenDocument Format and Open XML Formats in the 2007 Office system (which are included in the 2007 Office system (SP2) Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool download), see Group Policy and Office Customization Tool settings that address OpenDocument Format and Open XML Formats in the 2007 Office system (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=148358).

A new command-line tool allows administrators and advanced users to remove SP 2 updates for Microsoft Office 2007 client applications without having to uninstall the full application. Previously, an Office service pack could be removed only by completely uninstalling the client application.

To obtain the tool, see The Microsoft Service Pack Uninstall Tool for the 2007 Microsoft Office Suite (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=144518). This tool is available only as a separate download from the Microsoft Download Center and is not part of the 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 2.

For information about deploying and uninstalling 2007 Office system updates, see the following:

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