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Office 2007 breaks things too


marlinsinger

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Well I went ahead and got Office 2007 figuring we would be going to it at work sooner or later, installed fine, then found out it breaks things too. Just like daddy Vista.

What does it break, at least for me? Microsoft Works 8.5. Only half of my DB's would open. the rest bombed out. Uninstalled Works, reinstalled including the latest update (a security update), same thing. Uninstalled Works again, and did not install the security update, everything works, no problems. So they broke their own security update with something else in Office.

 

Said heck with it, uninstalled Works after creating CSV files of my DB's, reinstalled Paradox and imported them. Everything works just fine now. I do like WordPerfect.

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I did like this comment on it tho

 

But in adopting the ribbon interface, and dispensing with the familiar drop-down menus, Microsoft risks becoming a victim of its own success. For better or worse, Office has shaped our notions of how a PC desktop should look and feel - so much so, that Linux and open source challengers have been undone by not emulating Office. This time, though, it seems Microsoft could lose out itself by changing the traditional Office experience in Office 2007. ®

 

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/01/23/mi...ce_2007_uptake/

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After using it a little, very little, the interface looks nice, and I really am not seeing a lot different on how it works, at least yet. I do think the new tab set up will be a loss to overall production. With the interface, you could easily create tool bars that had on them what you used most often, no matter what type they were, for tables etc. With the tabs, you have to go to the tabs for different things. Multiple clicks of the mouse, where before there might only be one. An example is spell check. First you click on the reference tab, then click on spell check. A second here, a second there, adds up to minutes, especially for someone who does a lot of documents.

There is the quick access tool bar, which you can add any command to, but at that point, you might as well have the old interface.

As I said, I haven't used it much, but I can easily see those who don't know how to customize, or those whose shop does not allow it, losing a good bit of time.

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I tried Outlook on 2 systems at the office. 1 if fine and I love it. The other, only downloads some emails but not all. No error or message stating I'm missing emails.

Actually, from what I've seen, its not all that great. Some ease of use in Word but it's not worth the money unless you get the students edition which doesn't offer much in itself but at least prices reasonably compared to the rest of the suite.

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