Microsoft has just announced the availability of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Office 2007. The service pack includes major performance enhancements for Office applications, most notably Microsoft Office Outlook, as well as Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.

Microsoft told The Orange Rag the main improvements legal users will notice with SP2, include the following:

• Improved performance and stability of Outlook: Outlook 2007 SP2 is 26% faster than its predecessor on a set of common email tasks and is even faster, 35%, with larger mailboxes.

• Users will experience considerable responsiveness and speed improvements on common, day-to-day operations like launching, synchronizing and searching.

• Better charting functionality in Excel

• Several enhancements to the security and performance of SharePoint Server 2007, including support for read-only content databases, improvements to forms-based authentication, and an STSADM command-line utility that enables administrators to scan sites that use the variations feature for errors.