Early release reports Microsoft Office 2007

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I am not going to be writing much about the upcoming Microsoft Office 2007. I am pretty happy with Office 2003 and am sure that I will move over to Microsoft Office 2007 early in the new year but I am not as enthralled with it as I was when I first go to see Microsoft Office 2000 even so many years ago.

Having said that I will be interested in Microsoft Windows Vista as I think that there are going to be a lot of cahnges that tech guys will love and operating systems tend to be more interesting anyway. Don’t worry, I am sure that the Miscrosoft hype machine will start really pushing Office and Microsoft Vista for their January launch right after the new year has dawned anyway.

Here is some info from IT World Canada about early testing of Microsoft Office 2007.

Much has been said about the potential difficulties that Microsoft’s Office 2007 revamped user interface has in store for computer users.

However, some organizations that have had time to tinker with the software that will supplant Office 2003, report positive user experience and improved productivity.

It seems the initial shock of realizing the File menu has disappeared (replaced by the colourful Office button) has worn off.

Some early Canadian corporate users – at least those present at the application’s business launch in Toronto, Thursday – found much to like in the new Office software.

Surprise was a common reaction among users that found Office 2007 revealed functions previously hidden in Office 2003, according to Steve Driz, director of enterprise solutions and chief privacy officer (CPO) at Ontario March of Dimes, Canada (OMOD), a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a society inclusive of people with physical disabilities.

Driz, who attended yesterday’s launch of Office 2007 and the Windows Vista 2007 operating system in Toronto, said OMOD “employees were surprised to find the functions right in front of them.”

The province’s largest non-profit rehabilitation organization, OMOD has been using a portal based on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for nearly a year now.

It was developed for them by Bell Business Solutions Inc. and Internet software developer Envision IT of Mississauga, Ont.

Computer users at Mt. Sinai Hospital (MSH) in Toronto liked the easy access to information and greater control over data that Office 2007 provided, said Susan Walsh, director of quality and performance measurement, MSH.

“The newer spreadsheet program in Office 2007 has some built-in business intelligence (BI) functions, that allow users to drill down into data,” said Walsh.

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