Service Pack 2 (SP2) of 2007 Office System will ship between February and April of 2009.
The announcement was made on the Office Sustained Engineering blog posting Announcing Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the 2007 Microsoft Office System.
Previous announcments had described the increased commitment to interoperability by including support for Open Document Format (ODF), XML Paper Specification (XPS), and Portable Document Format (PDF) in SP2.
In addition to those file format additions, some other highlights that you’ll find in SP2 include:
For Office Desktop Programs:
Improved Outlook Calendaring Reliability
Improved Outlook Performance
Enabling Object Model support for Charts in PowerPoint and Word
Improved cryptographic functionality by supporting all cryptographic algorithms offered by the operating system
Improved functionality in Excel’s charting mechanism
Ability to ungroup SmartArt graphics (and as a result, the ability to add animations to them in PowerPoint)
Ability for Visio to export UML models to an XML file compliant with the XMI standard
Tool that enables the uninstall of Office client Service Packs
Performance and manageability improvements to variations in Enterprise Content Management (ECM) including STSADM commands for repairing links between source and target pages
Improvements around processing status approvals from Office Project Web Access into Office Project Professional 2007
Improvements to read-only content databases and index rebuild timer jobs in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
Watch for more detailed announcements from these blogs: