Last week we released Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Office System 2003. This includes OneNote 2003. Although most OneNote users today started with "SP1", a few of you who got the original version of OneNote may remember that SP1 added a lot of functionality to the original release of OneNote and may have been expecting a similar bump in this Service Pack. If so, I apologize for the team for having set your expectations that way. FWIW, I and others have tried to be clear in online forums (our Community, TabletPC Buzz , etc) that SP1 was an anomaly. It was essentially our "second release" shipped as a Service Pack. I also tried to be clear that subsequent Service Packs would follow the usual pattern of critical bug fixes only.
Unfortunately, the knowledge base web site and here where the SP2 details are provided mentions "new features" in OneNote SP2. In fact this is an error - as far as I can tell that text was used for Office SP2 and simply copied for OneNote SP2 by the documentation people (in the second link they used OneNote 2003 Sp1 text). There are no new features in OneNote SP2 if you already have SP1. We made the decision during the SP1 work that SP1 would have the "easy stuff" and then we would work for a while longer on the "hard stuff" for OneNote 12. As you can tell from recent blog posts, taking the time to do the heavy lifting was worth it. Now, if you are one of the few people who somehow does not have SP1, then for you SP2 *does* have new features, since it contains all the bits for SP1 as well. So that is a kind of excuse for the talk of "features" on the detail pages I linked to, but only if you’re a weenie. :-)
I thought I would list the fixes that went into OneNote 2003 SP2 specifically. There are probably a few other fixes that went into shared Office code which affect us, but these are the ones our team did.
Bugs fixed in OneNote 2003 Sp2 (with descriptions from our very fine test and dev team members!):
Although it is just 7 fixes, these reduce your chance of crashing significantly since we fixed the top hits we received via the crash reporting dialogs you send to us. So, go get SP2! You can check if you have it by looking in Help/About, where you should see SP2 in the version number info. If you don’t see it, try Help/Check for updates. If I were you, I would sign up for automatic updates on Microsoft Update though. When I got home the day SP2 was released, my home machines were already updated...