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MS Office 2007

deadonthestreetdeadonthestreet Registered User regular
edited January 2007 in Games and Technology
So what with all the Vista hype, everyone seems to be forgetting that Microsoft is releasing a new version of Office along with it.

I really know nothing about it. Is it worth the upgrade? (I use Office XP) Does it actually do anything new or exciting or useful? Or is it kinda like Vista in that it is more or less the same old thing in a new coat of paint?

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    Kewop DecamKewop Decam Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Why even upgrade? I'm for real. Do the programs change that much to warrant an upgrade? I'd think like Office 2000 would suite people well for like, a decade.

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    AiranAiran Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I haven't personally used it, but I just finished working on an university assignment with a group of friends and one of them produced our final document in Word 2007. Apparently the new default font (from Times New Roman) is, if I remember, "Cambrian", and it is sexy. He seems to like it a lot, and I hope my university gets it from MSNDAA. But that's wishful thinking really - we don't even have previous Word versions for download.

    I've read that it changes the way the tools are laid out. Now it's all boxes instead of long bars. Might be an improvement in usability (but then I never had problems with the tool layouts).

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    deadonthestreetdeadonthestreet Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    See that's what I'm wondering. I'm perfectly satisfied with Office XP.

    Will this new Office kick my ass in some awesome way?

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    ZoolanderZoolander Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    got a version of office 2007 for free thanks to MSDN (hooray university)
    it seems mostly like a coat of paint, BUT the new "ribbon" interface is actually a really nice improvement. i'm liking it very much, but it's not as if i can't go back to word 2003 again.

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    Kewop DecamKewop Decam Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Airan wrote:
    I haven't personally used it, but I just finished working on an university assignment with a group of friends and one of them produced our final document in Word 2007. Apparently the new default font (from Times New Roman) is, if I remember, "Cambrian", and it is sexy. He seems to like it a lot, and I hope my university gets it from MSNDAA. But that's wishful thinking really - we don't even have previous Word versions for download.

    I've read that it changes the way the tools are laid out. Now it's all boxes instead of long bars. Might be an improvement in usability (but then I never had problems with the tool layouts).

    boxes? You mean like Photoshop or something?

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    RonenRonen Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Yeah, other than the Ribbon (which is pretty slick) it's not such a OMG MUST UPGRADE kind of change.

    I'm upgrading my entire office just because of the increased maximum spreadsheet size in Excel 2007.

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    RohanRohan Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Why even upgrade? I'm for real. Do the programs change that much to warrant an upgrade? I'd think like Office 2000 would suite people well for like, a decade.

    I'm still using Office 97, and I see no reason to change.

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    DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Airan wrote:
    I haven't personally used it, but I just finished working on an university assignment with a group of friends and one of them produced our final document in Word 2007. Apparently the new default font (from Times New Roman) is, if I remember, "Cambrian", and it is sexy. He seems to like it a lot, and I hope my university gets it from MSNDAA. But that's wishful thinking really - we don't even have previous Word versions for download.

    I've read that it changes the way the tools are laid out. Now it's all boxes instead of long bars. Might be an improvement in usability (but then I never had problems with the tool layouts).

    boxes? You mean like Photoshop or something?

    No, it's like, okay, instead of your toolbar and menus, you have tabs. Clicking a tab changes the toolbar to a different set.

    800px-Office2007ribbon.png

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    RonenRonen Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Rohan wrote:
    Why even upgrade? I'm for real. Do the programs change that much to warrant an upgrade? I'd think like Office 2000 would suite people well for like, a decade.

    I'm still using Office 97, and I see no reason to change.

    We're upgrading because our office regularly needs to generate spreadsheets well over the maximum row length that Excel 2003 allows (65k).

    For regular home user (and most other businesses, really), I wouldn't recommend the upgrade.

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    Kewop DecamKewop Decam Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Airan wrote:
    I haven't personally used it, but I just finished working on an university assignment with a group of friends and one of them produced our final document in Word 2007. Apparently the new default font (from Times New Roman) is, if I remember, "Cambrian", and it is sexy. He seems to like it a lot, and I hope my university gets it from MSNDAA. But that's wishful thinking really - we don't even have previous Word versions for download.

    I've read that it changes the way the tools are laid out. Now it's all boxes instead of long bars. Might be an improvement in usability (but then I never had problems with the tool layouts).

    boxes? You mean like Photoshop or something?

    No, it's like, okay, instead of your toolbar and menus, you have tabs. Clicking a tab changes the toolbar to a different set.

    800px-Office2007ribbon.png

    oh... no thank you

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    AiranAiran Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Airan wrote:
    I haven't personally used it, but I just finished working on an university assignment with a group of friends and one of them produced our final document in Word 2007. Apparently the new default font (from Times New Roman) is, if I remember, "Cambrian", and it is sexy. He seems to like it a lot, and I hope my university gets it from MSNDAA. But that's wishful thinking really - we don't even have previous Word versions for download.

    I've read that it changes the way the tools are laid out. Now it's all boxes instead of long bars. Might be an improvement in usability (but then I never had problems with the tool layouts).

    boxes? You mean like Photoshop or something?

    [edit]Oh, there ya go. Looks less boxy than I remember :P

    Imagine the formatting toolbar being one long bar with a line of icons. Now put these icons into a rectangle instead. Add other rectangle toolboxes (like standard and drawing, w/e).
    I think it was changed to help other toolbars with less icons arrange themselves better (instead of say, stacking a long and short bar together, and then you can't tell which toolbar is which if you don't look closely enough). I haven't tried out Word 2007 to see if this is the case though.

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    DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Ronen wrote:
    Yeah, other than the Ribbon (which is pretty slick) it's not such a OMG MUST UPGRADE kind of change.

    I'm upgrading my entire office just because of the increased maximum spreadsheet size in Excel 2007.

    Hasn't Gnumeric had spreadsheets of arbitrary size since forever ago?

    Or maybe I'm thinking of some other program.

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    RonenRonen Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Ronen wrote:
    Yeah, other than the Ribbon (which is pretty slick) it's not such a OMG MUST UPGRADE kind of change.

    I'm upgrading my entire office just because of the increased maximum spreadsheet size in Excel 2007.

    Hasn't Gnumeric had spreadsheets of arbitrary size since forever ago?

    If I'd ever heard of Gnumeric I could probably tell you. :)

    I wasn't at this company when they moved to Windows/Office from Linux/OOo, so I'm just playing with what I'm given.

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    fogeymanfogeyman Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    The user interface is completely different (for the better, IMO). I've been using Beta 2 since it was released in May or whenever (it runs out in a few weeks :( ).

    This screenshot is from MS's website (here):
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    At the top you have the "ribbon" which is context sensitive. If you create a chart and are entering data, the ribbon buttons will change to reflect what you would use for the chart. The same goes for graphs and images and everything else.

    Office 2007 also has live previews. According to MS: "Live Preview is a new technology that shows the results of applying an editing or formatting change as the user moves the pointer over the results presented in a Gallery."

    That's also a nice feature. You don't have to select something to see the result, then decide you don't like it and hit undo. You can just mouse over something else and see how it is.

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    thej3wthej3w Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    We are in the process of upgrading our office with this as well. Although I don't really like it, not all users will upgrade and I don't think I will. The only nice thing is Outlook2007 intergrates into Exchange2007 and adds a lot of functions. Anyways I'd say if youre happy with what you got, keep it, if you don't have Office at all and need one get 2007.

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    ZoolanderZoolander Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    it also features a pretty awesome black skin:
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    imbalancedimbalanced Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I'm still using Lotus 1-2-3, bitches. Beat that!

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    RohanRohan Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Ronen wrote:
    Rohan wrote:
    Why even upgrade? I'm for real. Do the programs change that much to warrant an upgrade? I'd think like Office 2000 would suite people well for like, a decade.

    I'm still using Office 97, and I see no reason to change.

    We're upgrading because our office regularly needs to generate spreadsheets well over the maximum row length that Excel 2003 allows (65k).

    For regular home user (and most other businesses, really), I wouldn't recommend the upgrade.

    Ah... well, that makes sense. And yeah, I'd never pay more than a cent for a large suite of programs that I'll only ever use as a simple word processor anyway.

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    homeobockshomeobocks Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Airan wrote:
    I haven't personally used it, but I just finished working on an university assignment with a group of friends and one of them produced our final document in Word 2007. Apparently the new default font (from Times New Roman) is, if I remember, "Cambrian", and it is sexy.

    The new default font is Calibri, a font thta's very similar to Arial, the only noticible differences are that it's smaller and squatter. And even less serif-y.

    The champion remains Computer Modern.

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    TzenTzen Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    My ISM professor said our MSDNAA doesn't have Office because it's not, uh, development software. We get Access, but that's it. What bullshit.

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