Microsoft has stated that Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 will be available on April 28 with complete documentation. They have, however, provided us with highlights of what we can expect. We share these with you.

So what's in the Service Pack

There as Service Packs for both Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS) and Office SharePoint Server 2007. These services packs include a number of fixes and enhancements that are expected to improve upon performance, availability and stability.

These changes are laying the foundation of the next version of SharePoint -- which if you haven't heard has just been officially named: SharePoint 2010, and release dates provided.

Overall Improvements

  1. A new Command Line to run against your SharePoint server farm environment. It will tell you if you are ready to upgrade to the next version of SharePoint (SharePoint 2010) and also provides some best practices and recommendations for your existing implementation
  2. SharePoint will now have support for a broader range of browsers including Firefox
  3. Forms-based Authentication has some major improvements

Improvements for Additional Services

 This is a just a selection of some of the things coming in Service Pack 2:

  • Enterprise Content Management: Along with improvements to the performance and stability of content deployment and the variations feature, there is also a new STSAdmin tool that will run against sites that use the variation feature and report any errors
  • Forms Server: Now you will have less problems with your large browser-based forms, seeing them load faster and suck less memory.
  • Excel Services: Easier configuration of Excel Web Access web parts, issues have been resolved with respect to security, calculations and rendering as well as display issues.
  • Search Server: Improvements to backup and restore, the reliability and stability of large corpus crawls and the accuracy of searches involving numbers.

Along with these, there are also improvements to Groove Server and Project Server. In addition Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Server R2 will be supported upon their release.

Improved Documentation to Get You Moving Faster

According the Office Sustained Engineering blog, the documentation is going to get a little bit better as well. It says that we will get "more user-friendly and informative KB’s" all served up from Technet. Also something to look forward to: an excel spreadsheet listing all individual bugs.

SharePoint 2010 isn't coming for a little while yet, but it's a good time to start thinking about that upgrade path and at the same time improve the performance of your current implementation.