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Office 2007 Service Pack 2 due in spring '09

It includes support for ODF, PDF and others

By Eric Lai
October 22, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Computerworld - Microsoft Corp. said via a company blog today that Service Pack 2 (SP2) of Office 2007 will ship between February and April of next year.

The software maker had already said that SP2 will introduce support for the Open Document Format (ODF) used by Office's chief competitor, OpenOffice.org; the Portable Document Format (PDF) created by Adobe Systems Inc.; and its own XML Paper Specification (XPS), which is meant to compete with PDF.

The Office Sustained Engineering blog confirmed those features, and some others:

  • A more reliable calendar and faster performance for Outlook 2007
  • Improvements to Excel 2007's charting
  • Enabling Object Model support for charts in PowerPoint 2007 and Word 2007
  • An uninstallation tool for Office 2007 service packs
  • Improvements to server editions of Office 2007

This is in contrast to SP1 of Office 2007, released last December, which mostly provided bug fixes rather than new features.

Office 2007 was released to businesses in November 2006, the same time as Windows Vista, with shipments to consumers and small businesses in January the following year.

Office 2007 was far different from prior versions, using a new "Ribbon" interface. Despite the risk of customer rejection, Office 2007 has been widely considered a sales and marketing success, unlike Vista.

Microsoft said it plans to divulge more details in Office blogs in the next few weeks. The company also plans to begin inviting Office enterprise customers to a private SP2 beta in the next few days that may or may not turn into a public one.

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