MSOffice 2007 SP2 Lands 2009-APR-28
Let’s start with the second service pack for Microsoft Office 2007. It will arrive on April 28, and will pack a number of changes that will make a lot of people very happy. The biggest feature is support for the OpenDocument Format, across the board. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint can now all edit, save, and create documents in version 1.1 of the OpenDocument Format (.odt/.ods/.odp). In addition, SP2 will include full support for PDF files, meaning you no longer have to download a separate plug-in. All I can say is: finally. Was that so hard, Microsoft?
The news is all across the Web. Built-in support means that no one will have to create a username/password to download Sun’s ODF plugin for MS Office or track down Clever Age’s ODF Converter add-in either. A number of us are eager to see and try this. There are still concerns about infecting ODF with proprietary extensions or “intellectual property” that must be licensed before use, so we’ll get to see just how much Microsoft desires to interoperate with other software vendors.
SP2 will also add XPS and PDF support to the product. This has long been a frequently-requested feature in many organizational environments. I have this price list to send to potential customer X, but I don’t want him to change it. How can I get this as a PDF? Instead of saying “print it and then scan it”, support staff will be able to point users to the PDF export feature of their office software. Unfortunately, this does not include MS Office 2003, which just recently dropped off the support list for most users.
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