Microsoft Launches Office 2007!!


Microsoft has hosted a world wide launch of 2007 microsoft office software. the software can run on more hardware then any other operating system, however the software support leaves much to be desired. According to ZDnet, Office 2007 is the only software package that uses the new features from the new Operating System.

Office 2007 will desire a steep learning curve because of the new interface but is easier to use, delivers more attractive documents presentations, improves task and time management, has better integration throughout the applications and a whole range of other improvements.

Microsoft Office 2007 serves two masters; the desktop user and whoever takes on the role of information architect for the business.For the majority of users, the new menu-less ribbon interface is the most obvious change in 2007. Microsoft Office represents a major improvement in ease-of-use and being productive with the 2007 applications will be purely a matter of familiarity.

Most of the time commands are in the obvious place, though some you’ll have to hunt for (macros are on Excel’s View tab, for example) and others only appear when you can use them (outlining tools are only available in Word’s Outline view). When you do find them, having the majority of options in plain sight on the ribbon – rather than in a dialog box you have to open and close to see your changes – is an easier way to work.

The ribbon works well in Word and PowerPoint because there are so many features to organise. It transforms Access into a program that’s so easy to get started with it might woo away some of the people who continue to treat Excel as if it was a database, although serious database users will care more about the new version of the Jet database engine and better integration with Visual Studio. However, it’s far from the only new feature; there’s a long list of improvements big and small. Excel and Outlook gain the key new features, while Word, PowerPoint and Access take advantage of common features like professional-looking SmartArt and simpler metadata removal for documents you’re sharing outside the company.

Data Management

Excel 2007 represents a major overhaul of the venerable spreadsheet. There’s a lot more space for your calculations (thanks to a 64-bit server side version for hefty batch calculations): 1 million rows and 16 thousand columns in any worksheet. A simple graphical interface and clear visualisations for conditional formatting make it easier to emphasise information visually in a spreadsheet – including scorecard and dashboard icons for instant business intelligence. New design features make it easier to turn your spreadsheets into reports and web content in Excel’s new page layout view.

There is generally more of a focus on business intelligence, with improved pivot tables and new OLAP formulae. Developers building Excel applications get Visual Studio-style AutoComplete in the formula bar, and structured references to named ranges make it easier to build and document complex formulae.

Outlook 2007 is the most improved application in the suite with significant improvements to tasks, contacts and calendars and tools for personal information management in an interface that’s well adapted to showing SharePoint information (and for its future role as a client for the Dynamics server applications) . The absurd unnamed coloured flags are replaced with a powerful system of follow-up flags on one hand and colour-coded categories on the other, meaning you can tag a message or turn it into a task. Flagged items appear in the new To Do Bar, which displays upcoming appointments and tasks, giving you a clear overview of what you have to deal with.

Outlook 2007 is a strange combination of the familiar Office 2003 UI and the new ribbon. The main application uses the old style, reminding you how cluttered and disorganised it is, while messages, contacts and appointments get the new look. Outlook also adds an RSS reader, and uses Exchange to store subscription information, so two PCs using the same mail account will stay in sync for feeds just as they do for email. If you are using SharePoint Services 3.0, you can subscribe to lists and calendars, as well as discussion groups.Outlook reads and publishes to Internet-hosted calendars, including Google Calendar.

For Microsoft Office 2007 online preview follow this link


~ by ramanathan on March 15, 2007.

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