| By Susan Bradley |
Previous Office service packs could be undone only by uninstalling the entire suite and then reinstalling it.
Office 2007 Service Pack 2 changes this and adds PDF and OpenDocument support, but I still urge you to wait before installing the update.
Office 2007 SP2
Don’t rush to install this Office service pack
The biggest news in the patching world within the past few weeks is that Office 2007 Service Pack 2 — described in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 953195 — is actually uninstallable. If you needed to remove an Office service pack prior to this release, you had to uninstall the whole application and reinstall it from scratch minus the service pack.
Office 2007 SP2 adds the ability to save files as PDFs without having to install additional software. The service pack also lets Office workers use the OpenDocument format, which facilitates file exchanges.
While I’m pleased that Office has an uninstall tool, which is documented in KB article 954914, actually using the removal tool is no walk in the park. An Office blog post shows that the process is clearly not for the faint of heart. I hope that Microsoft will consider this as version 1 of the service-pack-uninstall feature and will make future releases easier to use.
Should you install Office 2007 SP2? I recommend people in larger firms test the service pack with their line-of-business applications that depend on Office. For everyone else, I’m still testing this patch and am not yet ready to give you the go-ahead at this time.
PowerPoint zero-day hole finally gets patched
I expected this week’s batch of patches from Microsoft to include a fix for the previously announced PowerPoint zero-day vulnerability. What I wasn’t expecting was that 14 different holes in the program would be fixed with this single patch.