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The Outlook team is very pleased to announce the official release of Office 2007 Service Pack 2, the culmination of months of hard work to bring our users performance and reliability improvements which have been tested and shown to significantly improve the speed and responsiveness of Outlook! This Service Pack is the result of a large and directed effort to make your Outlook 2007 experience great and we think that you will be pleasantly surprised.
The Outlook team targeted your most common daily workflows and made them faster and more dependable. Significant improvements were also made in the areas of launching, synchronizing and reliably searching with Outlook 2007. Users with small to average size mailboxes will see a 26% performance increase and users with large mailboxes will see a 35% performance increase in the following areas:
For more detailed information on Service Pack 2 performance benchmarking read the following report from Principled Technologies, an independent 3rd party performance analysis company. The report includes detailed test results on different hardware types and with both small and large mailboxes, so it will give you an idea of how much faster Outlook will perform based on your environment.
We previously blogged about the February Cumulative Update which was a large collection of fixes designed to quickly address problems that were preventing Outlook 2007 deployments. Service Pack 2 is a collection of those fixes and more that has been thoroughly tested and all Office 2007 users should feel confident installing it on their machines. To experience these improvements install the service pack today and let us know how much faster and better Outlook is for you!
For more information about Outlook SP2 improvements see the whitepaper here.
You can use Microsoft Update to install Office 2007 Service Pack 2 by clicking here and then choosing “Check for updates” in the left-hand column.
Note: Upon successful installation of the update, the first time Outlook is run there will be a one-time delay as Outlook optimizes your data files as shown by a progress dialog (pictured below). After this initial process, performance will be improved. If you have already installed the February Cumulative Update Outlook will not need to repeat this optimization, so you will not see this one-time delay on startup.
The Outlook Team
Now that Office 2007 SP2 is available, can we discuss the various /admin install point methods? Outlook 2007 Install only: Since the Office 2007 setup uses "chaining" to run the patches post installation...I used the Original install + a 15 MB Feb. CU rollup. Now...do I have to replace it with this 290 MB Full Office 2007 SP2? It REALLY increases the install time!! 3-5 times slower... Grrrrrrr. I loved slip streaming the network install points...
Looks like you can also install it from Microsoft Downloads
More than 2 years, I have a bug reported to the escalation support. This has not been fixed with SP1 and SP2 again not. It is not a trivial matter. Can I get an answer to my Question "why must users live with Bugs?", although this well known and has been confirmed by Microsoft. Thanks
I installed the service pack and I noticed that outlook became much more responsive. Clicking email subject loads the body faster, clicking on folders load faster, double clicking an email opens the mail window faster. I just have to check one more think but it will take me 1-2 days to be sure... After 2-3 power on - hibernate cycles on windows XP, outlook was almost freezing until mail send-receive was completed. If this issue is also fixed, well done guys!
I like the new speed improvements!
Actually, my speed decreased substantially. Vista SP1, 2 GB, AMD dual core system. Images load very slowly in messages, and switching between messages sometimes brings up the dreaded (not responding) parenthetical message in the title bar.
Apologies for leaving a comment on a different topic, but I just cannot find a way to post my question. Previously there was a post on how to keep to do items for emails that are archived. The explanation was good but as some people commented, I do not have a “Display reminders and tasks from this folder in the To-Do Bar” to check box in the "mailbox properties" dialog. I would like to know the cause for this. Could somebody help? I would find it very useful to be able to flag an email, mark it as completed, then archive the email without deleting it on my completed tasks to do list. Thank you very much in advance.
We have previously installed Office 2007 with SP1 by installing the SP via the updates folder. I am now looking for information regarding installing SP2 to my enterprises via SMS. I have extracted the SP but I can find no info on how to deploy SP2 using SMS
There haven't been any noticable speed differences in any of my Office 2007 programs with SP2. Related, IE8 doesn't open some websites (G-rated), or many links. I'm thinking of rolling back to IE7. At least it was stable.
Are you aware of the issue of applying the Office 2007 SP2 and it breaking the Outlook Global Address list? Referenced Below: money.cnn.com/.../big-tech
/2009_04_30_office_2007_sp2_breaking_corporate_email.html I have seen the issues on Windows XP and Windows Vista clients. As soon as you remove the the Service Pack, all functionality is restored.
Just a note that the Outlook community is finding out the SP2 breaks Desktop Alerts - they sometimes work after reboot, but most often not. Very frustrating..... www.microsoft.com/.../default.mspx
we have a german speaking help forum for Office 2007 and our Users posts a lot of problems. everyday we got more people they cant start outlook after installing SP2. Connect Exchange when Outlook runs on a Terminal Server 2003 impossible, after deinstalled SP2 it works again correct. it´s more than frustrating.....
now we get more feedback from our users. If they install the SP2 from the MS-Download Page, Outlook will not start again. Deinstall SP2 and use the Windows-Update for install Office 2007 SP2, the Problem was fixed.
I'm eagerly anticipating installing Outlook 2007 but am not sure if I will loose all my old e-mails and addresses when I upgrade. Can someone advise?
Wow....I am not quite sure, but it seems that when SP-2 was loaded, Outlook starts up really SLOW. Once it gets loaded, all is good. I have deleted a lot of my old E-Mails and created several .psts but to no avail. I am running Dual Core AMD (3800@2GHz) with Vista. This is really really slow. Any thoughts?