Office 2007 Review Part 2

If you have read any of Paul Thurrot’s reviews on any of his sites, you know they are usually detailed, in-depth reviews, and the Office 2007 Review is no exception, as a matter of fact this is part 2 and part 3 will be coming sometime in the future. The short of it, he says upgrade, it is well worth, if you are already a power user, you may have to relearn a few things, but it is worth it, and if you aren’t a power user, the upgrades Microsoft has made will put you well on your way.

Some of the most popular Office 2007 applications–Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and, to a lesser degree, Outlook–have been updated with the new Ribbon user interface (in Outlook, only sub-windows like Mail Message have been updated). These applications have a pleasant graphical sheen of newness about them, but the improvements are not just skin deep. Unfortunately, these new Ribbon-based applications also make the non-updated applications–and, actually, Outlook–look sad by comparison. Once you’ve used the Ribbon, going back to a menus and toolbars-based UI is actually pretty painful. Hopefully, the rest of the Office suite will be updated to the new UI in a future update.

As a writer, Web developer, and heavy email user, I’ve always looked forward to the evolutionary improvements in each new Office release. With Office 2007, the improvements, for the first time ever, are revolutionary and will impact all users. The new Ribbon-based user interface is the key improvement, and will make the power previously hidden inside Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint more readily available and accessible, thus turning a generation of casual Office users into power users. For this reason alone, I strongly recommend that new and casual Office users consider upgrading as soon as possible. The Ribbon is an absolute win for all users, however: Though today’s power users will have a bit of relearning to do, the results will be worth it. If you thought you knew any of these applications inside and out, think again: You’ll be surprised to discover new and interesting functionality yourself. Source: Microsoft Office 2007 Review Part 2: What’s New?

Here is a screenshot, it looks great, I can’t wait to get a copy of it.