Everyone’s getting in the game of cumulative updates… even the Outlook team, releasing patches pre-SP2. Looks like the Outlook product team has been fairly busy with fixes and improvements with the Outlook client.
Check out the Outlook Product team’s blog for more information in the article “Announce the February Cumulative Update for Outlook 2007”.
I’ve downloaded the update and can say that Outlook 2007 seems a lot more responsive and seems to be a little more stable than previously. Key information…
Outlook 2007 SP2 delivers performance improvements in four major areas:
- General Responsiveness
SP2 reduces I/O disk usage and UI response time.
SP2 removes long operations from initial startup.
SP2 makes Outlook exit predictably despite pending activities.
- Folder/View Switch
SP2 improves view rendering and folder switching.
Probably the biggest thing for me is the Shutdown speed. While the process may continue to run in the background for synchronization purposes, over all I’ve noticed that it disconnects from Exchange more elegantly and closes down rather than lingering waiting for a connection to disconnect.
Download available through Hotfix Request.
KB 968009 – Outlook 2007 Improvements in the February 2009 cumulative update
KB 961752 – Description of the Outlook 2007 hotfix package (Outlook.msp): February 24, 2009