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Post by darkagn on Sat Dec 29, 2007 2:07 pm

Hi all,

I wondered how many of the forumites have upgraded to Office 2007 yet? I have at work (but still use 2003 at home) and I thought I would comment on my experience with it so far.

My first impressions of the upgrade was that there is a lot to like about Office 2007. MS have done away with the old menu system in favour of tabbed toolbars, except for the File menu which remains as the new so-called "Ribbon" menu. I use almost all of the Office suite at work, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and OneNote and the new applications are flashy, but are they worth the high cost of the upgrade?

To be honest, most of the improvements are pretty superficial from a user's perspective. I think that MS have realised this and so have changed the file extensions of the documents produced by their applications. By making a Word document's file extension docx rather than doc for example, they have ensured that if someone upgrades to 2007, others will have to follow in order to maintain compatability. Meanwhile 2007 users supposedly have full backward compatability but in my experience this is riddled with bugs. When editing a 97-03 Word document in Word 2007, many small things have annoyed me no end. The so-called Compatability Mode does things like randomly changing the formatting of bullet points or ordered lists, extending the Headers / Footers by adding in Carriage Returns and failing to recognise Fonts used previously in a document to name but a few. My disappointment in the upgrade continues to grow almost six months after upgrading. :x

I would just like to say here that I am not an anti-MS person. I have been a Windows user for many years and will continue to be in the future. And I love my XBox. :)

Has anyone else upgraded to Office 2007? What are your thoughts on the upgrade?

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Post by Doctor Inferno on Sat Dec 29, 2007 2:28 pm

I have upgrade my Office 2003 to the 2007 version.

Of course have the latest stuffs possible are always good. But it might sometimes dig a hole in your pocket.

If you are just a basic user, my choice is not to upgrade to the 2007 version because on overall everything is pretty much the same, the frequently used features still remain the same. But the interface is also much better than the 2003 version. I have also experienced compatiblity problems, when mathematical signs change into odd figures.

But so far I am liking it, especially it's simple interface.

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Post by Gandalf131 on Sat Dec 29, 2007 7:51 pm

I upgraded from Office 2002 (XP) to Office 2007 and the difference is like night and day for me. I am still finding things in Outlook 2007 that I can use that I never found in Outlook XP. As far as backward compatibility, I don't have much in the way of any docs or anything left over from my old version as I had a HD crash and lost everything. The one thing I have noticed though is Outlook likes to crash alot with newer plug-ins and problems with the junk email filter, although that supposedly has been fixed with the latest updates. It seems more touchy than Outlook XP was for some reason. Other than that, I have to say I am impressed with the new Office.

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Post by gtf004 on Sat Dec 29, 2007 8:52 pm

I upgraded to Office 2007. I use it for the basic fuctions so I don't notice a lot of things you may come across if you use it extensively. However, I like 2007 much better than earlier versions. The overall look is much better and I have found it easier to use.

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Post by Sonny on Tue Jan 01, 2008 1:21 am

The new interface can be a bit daunting at first. but once you use it a few times it grows on you. Lots of extra features and improvements under them there bells and whistles. eg, Excell 2003 has the silly 65000 line limit. Excell 2007 is infinite. That makes life a lot easier when you are creating price lists with 300,000 lines or so. :face:

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