What’s New in the OOTB Master Pages for SP2 of SharePoint

If you live under a rock you may have missed all the news lately about the release of Service Pack 2 for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS) and Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) (more info on SP2 here).

Among the listed updates is this note: “The 2007 Office Suite SP2 has been tested and is supported for Internet Explorer 8”.

I figured I would fire up a VM and compare the OOTB master pages (both source and output) between the pre and post SP2. Here are the results:

  • default.master – Source unchanged
  • blueband.master – Source gains: which will help force IE8 to render the page in IE7 mode. Note, if you manually force IE8 to render in IE8 mode the navigation still has issues displaying. For more info, see my previous post about IE8 and SharePoint.


  • default.master & blueband.master rendered page – They both gain an inline style for the Global Links section:


The addition of the meta tag and the style are both good things to have as I usually end up adding both to my master pages. The later helps with the vertical alignment of the Global Links in Firefox. I stole a screenshot of what this style fixes from Heather because I’m too lazy to make one myself:

That’s pretty much all I see on changed on the most basic of tests. I’m sure there is a lot more changed under the covers and on other pages (my test only included default.aspx). Let me know if you find some more.

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