I'm sure 99% of, if not all of you, have used Microsoft Office at one time or another. It's difficult to avoid unless you're on a different operating system to Windows, and as someone who has been reliably using Office since I was young, I was initially a bit turned off by the new Office interface, which has lots of flashy visuals and a new-looking file system, and being quite set in my ways with the brilliant Office XP, I didn't really see the need to change.
However, after extensive use, it has become clear to me why Windows made these changes: icons and options more likely to be used are given screen preference at the left (as we read left-to-right, of course). The only really illogical thing to me is that, in the early stages as you get used to it, it does indeed take quite a few more mouse clicks to get anything done, and if you're as impatient as me, given that I've been using the slick and lean Office XP for so long, it does start out quite frustrating. However, if you bear with it, you'll benefit from the myriad helpful features.
One thing I especially praise Office 2007 for is the ability in Word to create PDF documents with just a few clicks (although depending on your software version you might need to update for this). Also, there is now the ability to format all text of the same kind in a document the same way, which can save time if you deal with a lot of big documents, as you no longer need to spend time sifting through them.
Word is the main improvement base, yes, but Excel is also intuitive as is the rest of the package. If you want professional-looking documents with ease, look no further.
Office 2007 is a great application and is the 6 years of hardwork of people working in it. i was using office-03 for the last few years and i was somewhat not satisfied its 4 years old-school look, besides that it doesnot have the support features of PDF file which is a great file format to work with. and since i am using my old pc with 256mb of RAM, its quite a cumbersome work to manage multitasking with office 2003 therefore i switched to a lightweight word processor "ABBY FINE READER". which have more or less same features as of office-03 and takes up half resources as office-03.
but after a few months of the official release of office-2007, i've got a chance to have a sneak peek of it in my client's machine. the first thing that amazed me is no other than its looks and its relevance with vista which is officially called "Ribbon User Interface" which replaces menus and toolbars.it has a menu button just like the start button of vista which i think is the heart of the product. the most convincing thing was the supporting feature of saving the document as a PDF file made me change my mind due to which i upgraded my pc to 2gigs of RAM and im using vista and office-2007 in it.
but as it has all the features that a office product could have, i personally dont like the feature of saving the file into the new format. i.e for word files->.DOCX, for presentation files-> .PPTX and so on. this feature doesn't allows to open these files in the machines having old office products such as office-xp or office-03. but after microsoft introduced the additional feature of saving the files in the old office formats in the service pack i dont have any issues with it.
after using for quite a few days, i am pretty much satisfied with the product and i dont think there is any office product in the market today that has such long list of features that cannot be written on a single page.
I bought recently a duzen licenses of Microsoft Office 2007 for the office and must admit to be very satisfied.
The variety of aplications included in the suite has increased and now included Microsoft Groove (a very interesting aplication for file sharing) and infopath.
Traditional applications such as Word, excel and powerpoint have also been updated. I really enjoy the smartart tool which allows the user to create really beautifull fluxograms with little hassle.
The user interface has also changed significantly since the previous version. Many people at the office didn't like It too much since it needs some getting used too. I believe Microsoft should have included some tutorials to explain how to do the most with the new interface. However, after some days, the new user interface (called ribbon) seems more natural than prior User interface.
Overall, it is worth updating to this version since it does have many more features than prior versions of office.
Microsoft Office 2007 Small Business Edition contains the following products - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Publisher. This is an upgrade version that can be installed on two different computers, but please note that you must have an excising edition of Microsoft office installed already (check the Microsoft Office website before buying).
This office suite offers a range of applications essential for both business users and home users. Providing the ability to complete a range of tasks such as create spreadsheets, presentations, and word documents. While not a great deal seems to be different from previous versions of Office, the Document Recovery Tool has been improved and is a welcome safe guard auto saving documents as you work. The software installation was quick and straightforward, and I've had no problems with the stability of the program as the software itself is working perfectly.
But unfortunately that's about all the positive things I can say about Office.
The new interface is somewhat different and you will either like it or hate it. Personally I don't like it because it takes longer (i.e. more clicks) to achieve the same function. But more annoying is that some of the features (in Word especially) seem difficult to find, and some of the keyboard shortcuts that worked in previous versions of Office no longer work in this version. The Word files types are not backwards compatible with previous versions of Office, but the software does allow you save files in the 'Word 97-2003' format which will work on previous versions, but again this requires an extra step to do so.
Despite the installation being quick, actually using the program and opening various documents take longer to do so, again wasting time.
The main problem however, is that I cannot see much difference in this upgrade version when compared to previous versions of office. So is it actually worth upgrading, I personally doubt it, when you considering the cost and the fact that it doesn't seem to offer much extra.
(I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)
Microsoft Office Small Business 2007 is an accessible and comprehensive set of productivity and contact management tools designed for small businesses that rely on technology to work efficiently and serve their customers. Small businesses face a unique set of challenges. Developing a customer base is of the utmost importance, but marketing budgets are limited and competition is fierce.