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A New Look
After a series of lackluster Office upgrades, Microsoft Office 2007
is a significant update paired with a steep learning curve.
The dramatic design changes will take some time to explore and adjust
to. Instead of the multitude of cascading text menus and skinny taskbars
found in earlier versions, Office 2007 puts most of the action on the
ribbon. Found in the same location as the taskbars, the ribbon is packed
with tools and commands that graphically display features that change as
you click the menu-bar tabs. (Portion of the Excel 2007 ribbon shown
The Office 2007 ribbon includes a useful
new feature called live preview which displays how choices such as a
different font will look in a document before you actually apply the
The intent of the remodeled interface is that it will be more logical
to work in Office 2007. As there is no option to use the previous (or
classic) menu and commands, you must learn the ribbon interface if you
When is the Right Time to Upgrade?
Upgrading is costly. On top of the price of software, add new and
upgraded hardware, training and support, plus the cost of lost
productivity as Office users deal with new processes, different file
formats, and other disruptions. It is also standard policy in many
organizations to delay upgrades until at least the first release of bug
fixes (also called Service Packs).
Why change? I have delivered training, seminars, and coaching for a
number of major roll-outs of updates to Microsoft Office (and other
applications). My experience has been that unless there are specific
compelling business reasons to upgrade such as
new, must have features in
Office 2007, most updates are not motivated
by user needs but, frankly, by IT issues such as changes in licensing
agreements, refresh (update) cycles for laptops and desktops, or improved security features in a newer version of Windows.
That's often why I hear Office users ask,
"Why are we changing again when everything is working just fine?"
In an ideal world, all users would be provided with advanced notice
and a clear upgrade plan and logical strategies for updates to Office
2007. As many upgrades occur instead when new equipment is added, don't
be surprised if you are running a different version of Microsoft Office
than your co-worker down the hall.
For a smooth transition when you upgrade (roll-out, deploy, migrate) to Microsoft Office 2007,
contact The Software Pro®
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