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Question: Please tell us: will you upgrade to Microsoft Office 2007?
Yes
Yes, probably, but not in the next 12 months
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« on: June 30, 2006, 04:12:14 AM »

I quote zridling to add this poll smiley

If so, let us know. If not, tell us why and what you'll be using instead.

   

(I'm both curious and ambivalent.)
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2006, 05:30:37 AM »

It's very pretty (I am playing with the beta in VMWare) but I don't think it is likely to be worth the upgrade price for me.

I'll stick with Office XP until there is a compelling reason to move on.
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2006, 11:05:44 AM »

I've been using office 2007 beta and let me tell you, that new toolbar system is very useful. Its much easier to get around once you learn it. I will definitely be upgrading once its put out.
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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2006, 12:14:21 PM »

I'll stick with Office XP.
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2006, 02:07:27 PM »

maybe yes, if he prize is right
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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2006, 02:42:59 PM »

Allow me to ask something, how many of you have paid for the current version of office you are running? I know a lot of people say they wont upgrade because the price is too high, but I am just curious how many have paid for their CURRENT version?
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2006, 03:08:05 PM »

I found Office 2007 Beta to be excellent, and had I kept on my Windows machine, I would certainly have upgraded - after just a few hours of playing with it, returning to Office 2003 was difficult.

But having now switched to Mac, and faced with the prospect of paying again for Office, I've opted for Nisus Writer Express for my word-processing needs, and I think I can get by with Google Spreadsheets for the other part of Office that's sometimes been useful to me.
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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2006, 06:42:09 PM »

Allow me to ask something, how many of you have paid for the current version of office you are running? I know a lot of people say they wont upgrade because the price is too high, but I am just curious how many have paid for their CURRENT version?

Personally - I got Office 2000 Premium supplied with a computer but I paid for the upgrade to Office XP when they had a slump in sales and gave a good offer on the price. Even so I probably regret it as it hasn't added a lot of functionality over Office 2000. I also purchased an education copy of OneNote 2003.

I couldn't see the point of upgrading to Office 2003 (no one seemed to be able to point out anything new that wasn't aimed squarely at team working which is irrelevant for me).

I suppose I like the look of Office 2007 Beta - the toolbars are certainly good and an improvement but I'm not sure I can justify spending a lot of money on what is effectively a cosmetic upgrade - plus the licensing model means there is going to be a silly range of options to go for all at high or enormous prices. If an Education version is eventually released then I might consider going for that - but they tend to appear after some considerable time.

Personally I think that Office 2007 is very nice but will take some effort on the part of MS to get it adopted. The change in interface means that businesses will have huge potential costs in retraining staff to use the new software and I can see many being reluctant to go that way. Many businesses are still using Office 97 !! The new file formats in 2007 may make people reluctant too - espeically as Outlook 2007 produces incompatible files with earlier versions of Outlook (a bad decision IMHO that will backfire).
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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2006, 10:42:26 PM »

I will probably end up with Office 2k7 on my system at some point.  It'll be free so what the heck.
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« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2006, 11:16:17 PM »

i wont install or use it even if it's free.
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« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2006, 12:17:25 PM »

I will probably be sticking with my copies of Office 97 and 602 Pro.

I don't use the software enough any more to make buying a new version practical. I still didn't get my money's worth from what I already have. I'll consider an upgrade when what I have won't run under whatever operating system I have installed.

I can't afford to waste my money on something that won't get used, again.

My initial purchase of Office 97 some years back was mainly for my daughter who was a student at the time. It was a waste of my money, as I soon discovered her using the AOL email proggie as a substitute for a word processor.  ohmy
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« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2006, 11:36:11 PM »

I paid for Works Suite.   It came with Word and some very nice little thingies that I like..(calendar,  can make my own greeting cards etc,) and that is all I need of Office, I believe.  As long as the things like excel reader, PPviewer etc are free, I think I'm set...can you tell I'm not into office work?  Now, photography is a different story. Kiss


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« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2006, 12:55:06 AM »

Don't even use ms Office in the firstplace. OpenOffice works for me just fine for now, though it's a bit slow starting up ( Java Sad ). I could also use the gnome office stuff or the kde office stuff, or staroffice, etc,... I'm not a heavy office-suite-user so any of these will do just fine for me.
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« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2006, 09:49:34 PM »

I've tried Star Office, Open Office, and a few others, but I stay with MS. Starting with Works, I've been through Office 97, Office 2000 Professional, Office XP Professional, and Office 2003. I just got the beta for Office 2007, but I've been a little busy to really get into it. Along with Publisher, IMHO MS Office is the best code MS ever wrote. Yeah, the suite's getting pretty fat, but at least every version has been an improvement, unlike the OS. (Vista looks like the WinME of the 2000's; they gutted the original code down to fluff.)
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« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2006, 10:17:44 PM »

Yes since I have an actionpack subscription, I get office 2007 and vista as part of the deal.

Though, I have openoffice portable on my flashdrive.  Thmbsup
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« Reply #15 on: July 04, 2006, 11:38:47 PM »

I know a lot of people say they wont upgrade because the price is too high, but I am just curious how many have paid for their CURRENT version?
Do you mean whatever version we're using (I'm at Office 2k) or whatever version is current? I paid for 2k as an upgrade to '97, and it's been good to me. The newest Office "User Interface" is a real improvement, though, from what I've seen so far. It's designed based on some serious research into the way people use the program and the types of things people have trouble finding in the standard UI. That plus the age of Office 2k combine to make it worth it to me to upgrade if the price is reasonable.
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« Reply #16 on: July 05, 2006, 12:25:27 AM »

Like Microsoft's latest keyboards (including the silly one planned for Vista), the new 2007 UI emphasizes the mouse over the keyboard. Frankly I hate the ribbon, don't need the ribbon, don't want the ribbon. I understand the purpose of the ribbon, but I want to hide it permanently and reemphasize the keyboard and keyboard shortcuts.

In 2007, it seems that the keyboard shortcuts are intentionally hidden. It's counterproductive to take my hands off the keyboard and go hunting with the mouse for the "pretty picture" that signifies styles, for instance.

PS: Thanks BrotherS for adding the poll!
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« Reply #17 on: July 05, 2006, 01:04:41 AM »

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In 2007, it seems that the keyboard shortcuts are intentionally hidden.

It's part of a conspiracy against *nix Wink
If no one knows how to use the keyboard anymore, no one will be able to use a command line.
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« Reply #18 on: July 05, 2006, 06:17:14 AM »

The only real advantage I can see for the user in 2007 is the realtime preview (which is cool) of what changes will look like without actually trying them. But personally I would rather apply and effect and hit CTRL Z if I don't like it than pay a couple of hundred quid of a preview function.
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« Reply #19 on: July 05, 2006, 02:55:47 PM »

Like Microsoft's latest keyboards (including the silly one planned for Vista), the new 2007 UI emphasizes the mouse over the keyboard.
Eh? How does a keyboard emphasize the mouse?
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« Reply #20 on: July 05, 2006, 05:11:30 PM »

I won't buy it; however, I was surprised to find that it seemed genuinely innovative, unlike Vista, which seems to offer me nothing outside of its improved security (which is not trivial).
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« Reply #21 on: July 06, 2006, 01:30:21 AM »

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How does a keyboard emphasize the mouse?

It has no keypad, for instance.

Are they not teaching typing/keyboarding in schools anymore? WTF mate!
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« Reply #22 on: July 06, 2006, 11:22:34 AM »

It has no keypad, for instance.
tellme Hmm. Sounds like a Marketing idea -- it's definitely not from people that already use a computer with any regularity. Who would even consider using Excel without a numpad? tongue
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« Reply #23 on: July 06, 2006, 11:27:06 AM »

Allow me to ask something, how many of you have paid for the current version of office you are running? I know a lot of people say they wont upgrade because the price is too high, but I am just curious how many have paid for their CURRENT version?

I paid (actually my parents paid) for my Office 2003 Pro Academic version and I got rid of it for Office 2007 Beta 2 when it went public.  cheesy

Office 2007 rocks!  IMO, it focuses on down-to-earth productivity. I almost tried to migrate to StarOffice before Office 2007 came out because I'm always in favor of open standard. But StarOffice just can't compete with Office 2007, sad though.
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« Reply #24 on: July 07, 2006, 08:38:43 AM »

Microsoft Office doesn't work on my computer; and I couldn't afford it anyway. => no "upgrade" for me
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