Windows 7 – Release Candidate availability / Office 2007 – SP2 Availability

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Good Morning folks!  More news on Windows 7 and the availability of the official Release Candidate.  We now have some dates that we can share with you.  The RC build is slated to be available for download by MSDN / TechNet subscribers this Thursday (April 30, 2009).  Broader, public availability will begin the following Tuesday (May 5, 2009).  If you haven’t already started using Windows 7, there are plenty of changes since the Beta release.  You can read more about these changes in the following posts from the Engineering Windows 7 blog: Some Changes Since Beta for the RC and A few more changes from Beta to RC…

We also have news about the availability of Service Pack 2 for the 2007 Microsoft Office System and the 2007 Microsoft Office Servers.  The Service Pack is due to ship on April 28th (today!).  There are a number of product improvements and also an overhaul of the SP2 documentation.  The Office Sustained Engineering blog will have more details available on their site, but to whet your appetite, here are some of the highlights (as listed on their blog):

Changes that impact desktop applications:

  • Service Pack 2 adds the ability to open, edit and save documents in version 1.1 of the OpenDocument Format for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. These applications now let users save, open, and edit files as OpenDocument Text (*.odt), OpenDocument Spreadsheet (*.ods), and OpenDocument Presentations (*.odp).
  • The 2007 Microsoft Office Service Pack 2 is the first service pack to support uninstall of client updates through the Microsoft Service Pack Uninstall Tool for the 2007 Microsoft Office Suite as well as via Windows Installer command line. The Service Pack Uninstall Tool will be available as a separate download.
  • The Microsoft Save As PDF or XPS add-in has been built into Office applications in SP2. Users no longer have to download and install the add-in separately.
  • When many graphic objects are present performance has been improved.
  • In many scenarios, expect increased print fidelity of graphical objects.
  • Improved interoperability using standard DrawingML markup to describe the visual properties of the SmartArt graphic. 
  • Substantial improvements to Forms-based authentication support in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and SPD.

That’s it for today.  Until next time …

- CC Hameed

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  • I would like to test  windows 7, on my second computer but i need to ask some guys out there about compatibility with some of the programs I can't live without, and if I can't run them then windows 7 is useless for me. The machine is a 32 bit processor with 2.2gh intel duo core, 4 gb of ram and 8500 gt geforce (512 mb). The programs I run every day are office 2007. 3ds max 2009 and vray, photoshop, revit, and a few other adobe and autodesk applications.

    If anyone knows how the windows 7 works with these programs please give me a few lines about it on this blog.

    Thank you

  • I collect information about windows 7 and now it is good to talk things more beautiful will likely not have problems, such as windows vista service pack 7 are removed, then I want to install

  • I am trying to reinstall my copy of Office 2007 under the RC for Windows 7... it fails.. can you let me know where I can find a way to get the install to work?

  • Michael -

    If you're having difficulties installing Office my recommendation would be to open an incident with the Office team.  Before doing that though, you might try posting your question on the Office forums (  There may be specific logs that are required to work out why the install isn't working, but I'm afraid I'm not an Office deployment expert.  The folks on those forums can guide you ...

    - CC