Thursday, 26 February 2009

Outlook 2007 Cumulative Updates via KB 968009 Released - “Performance Patch”

A new cumulative update for Outlook 2007 has been released. This release will also be a part of the upcoming Office 2007 Service Pack 2.

The base article is here: MS KB 968009: Outlook 2007 improvements in the February 2009 cumulative update.

There are two Hotfix downloads indicated in the above KB article:

  • MS KB: 961752 ( ) Description of the Outlook 2007 hotfix package (Outlook.msp): February 24, 2009.
  • KS KB: 967688 ( ) Description of the Outlook 2007 hotfix package (Outlook-en-us.msp): February 24, 2009.

The first one has a large number of fixes included in it while the second one is specific to using keyboard shortcuts to cut and paste in a custom form.

We have applied the first hotfix since it is applicable here. The performance improvements seen in Outlook 2007 are tangible. Clicking through various high content volume folders is noticeably quicker as is the search feature for both contacts and for content within the folders themselves.

The first hotfix will require a reboot of the system even though we had Outlook and any TSRs shut down during the update.

Once the system came up after the reboot and Outlook was started, this is what we were greeted with:

09-02-26 Outlook 2007 post 961752

Outlook 2007: Preparing Outlook for first use.

The above process did indeed take enough time to refill the tea cup and get a couple of needed phone calls in!

Make sure to have a backup of your PST/OST/Mailbox prior to running any Outlook updates!

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists

*All Mac on SBS posts will not be written on a Mac until we replace our now missing iMac!

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