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MS Unveils Office 2007, Multiple Versions 298

rfunches writes "MSNBC reports that Microsoft's next version of Office, now known as Office 2007 (previously code-named Office 12), will continue targeting the corporate audience through multiple versions of Office 2007. Versions announced include 'Office Professional Plus 2007' and 'Office Enterprise 2007.' From the article: '[Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007] will integrate capabilities of SharePoint, a collaboration program and Web portal that is designed to run over corporate networks and the Internet...and also incorporate Microsoft Office Communicator, a corporate instant messaging service.'"
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MS Unveils Office 2007, Multiple Versions

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  • Do I forsee... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by ackthpt ( 218170 ) * on Thursday February 16, 2006 @12:07PM (#14734146) Homepage Journal

    Hi, Joe, Here's the presentation on Wizzo Chocolate Corp. I'll be out of the office until the meeting with Wizzo, have a look at it and make any changes you see fit.

    To open attachedment click here [*click*]

    This project was created in Office Enterprise, some features may not be present in your version of Office Professional Plus - You will not be able to make any modifications to this project.
    So.. how many people are really likely to get the lightweight version, hmm?
    • That would indeed be hilarious.

      Now if they could just get OpenOffice to be an easier transition from MSO, it could pick up some market share.
    • Re:Do I forsee... (Score:4, Insightful)

      by b0r1s ( 170449 ) on Thursday February 16, 2006 @12:15PM (#14734227) Homepage
      How many people in small offices really need:

      Access

      Visio

      Sharepoint

      Project

      InfoPath

      Publisher

      A lot of offices don't need most of the tools (think: your typical 2-10 person small business), and not having to pay for them is very helpful.

      • Re:Do I forsee... (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Martin Foster ( 4949 ) on Thursday February 16, 2006 @12:23PM (#14734311) Homepage
        A lot of small companies, organizations and people in general could do miracles in Access if they would quit treating MS Excel as one...
        • Re:Do I forsee... (Score:5, Informative)

          by DarkSarin ( 651985 ) on Thursday February 16, 2006 @12:39PM (#14734476) Homepage Journal
          one what? A database?

          Surely you jest. Access is not the best solution out there--it is horrible to use, the interface just blows, and it doesn't do a lot of what it should do. For the record OOBase Sucks as well.

          Now that I have used MSSQL more, I am realizing the power of such a database. At work we are also getting ready to implement Crystal Reports, which makes the reporting components in Access look anemic and pathetic.

          I am not a big MS fan, but I do think that they make a fine SQL server.

          Folks, don't use Excel as a db, but access shouldn't be used either!
          • Re:Do I forsee... (Score:2, Insightful)

            by Anonymous Coward
            For a small office, having someone with the expertise necessary to install and administer a database (even an easy one such as MySQL) can be formiddable. Then you have to build a client on top of that. What are you going to use, then, the web? Again, another set of skills. These can be one person, and here on Slashdot a disproportionate number (when compared to just about any other sampling) of us could have just such an application working by the end of a day.

            However, many many offices could use a sma
          • Re:Do I forsee... (Score:2, Insightful)

            by ackthpt ( 218170 ) *
            Folks, don't use Excel as a db, but access shouldn't be used either!

            Ha!

            I love that bit about Excel as a db. I don't think I've worked a place where people haven't done just that. Our HR vendor's product is so weak that one of the people in HR has a separate 'database' in Excel and other records are in a binder!

            Often these are the results of people not using a $y$tem to it's fullest capacity, but more often than not it's because the $y$tem doesn't have the capacity or it's highly difficult to use (go t

            • Re:Do I forsee... (Score:2, Informative)

              by Inda ( 580031 )
              1st course they send you on is for Word.
              2nd course is Excel

              3rd...

              Well, most people from the older generation don't get to go on course #3. They struggle with the first two applications; learning a 3rd isn't going to happen any time soon. It would be a complete waste of resources.

              Even if they needed a proper database (with GUI) for their day to day work, the database is unlikely to be written by them anyway. That's a job for the *cough* experts.

              I know SQL, I know Access, I know a little more than average. I
          • Re:Do I forsee... (Score:5, Informative)

            by Thundersnatch ( 671481 ) on Thursday February 16, 2006 @01:08PM (#14734777) Journal
            All recent versions of Microsoft Access are able to actually use the desktop version of SQL server instead of the old JET-based engine.

            Look up "access data project" in the Access help file. You can make it the default DB type, and most features of the "real" SQL Server are available (except the GUI management tools).
          • Re:Do I forsee... (Score:4, Insightful)

            by PitaBred ( 632671 ) <slashdot@NosPaM.pitabred.dyndns.org> on Thursday February 16, 2006 @01:21PM (#14734909) Homepage
            Access makes a nice front-end to a database. Connect it's data stores to MSSQL or another SQL server, and it's actually quite good for just a quick DB interface maker.
            • Re:Do I forsee... (Score:5, Interesting)

              by xtracto ( 837672 ) on Thursday February 16, 2006 @01:56PM (#14735240) Journal
              I do not know why people bash Access like that. I have worked with access before as well as as with MS SQL Server and mySQL, I have used Postgre and Oracle only on non productive environments.

              From all of those database engines, Access was the only one in which I could transport the data in a flash drive without any hassle (just copy de MDB file). I did not needed to install any program to show the database to other people using snapshot viewer.

              Granted, it may not be good for databases that need to be accessed by more than one user each time but it is great to get orgainze a lot of data.

              BTW, one of the things I did with access was to migrate some "!#$!"!@ Excel list database (they got a bunch of records and where managing them with excel data lists). It was very easy to create some tables on excel and import the data from excel.

              Believe me, some buisness do not need anything more fancy than Access and it does the work, I think it is (as eeeeeevery other OS/app/language) just a tool and if used when it is needed it will do a great job.
          • Re:Do I forsee... (Score:5, Informative)

            by just_another_sean ( 919159 ) on Thursday February 16, 2006 @02:15PM (#14735488) Journal
            I am probably one of the biggest Linux Fanboys out there, I am not afraid to admit it. And I love to bash on MS.

            But when I get serious and talk "right tool for the right job" I would heartily disagree with your feelings about Access.

            I began my career in IT on Access (V. 1.1, Win 3). I've loved it ever since. I write all sorts of automation solutions for our company in Access. We use Great Plains and I've saved the company thousands of dollars by creating little, even somewhat crappy, automation routines in Access instead of buying some bloated module for GP that does way more then we need it to. It's quick, easy and gets the job done.

            Access and ODBC let me connect to any database I want. I have our web site scp a snapshot of our MySQL databases to a local test copy of the web site. And I use Access to connect to it and run quick & dirty reports and queries. You like SQL Server but Access is not a substitute for MSSQL, it's a compliment to it. You can connect to SQL using Access. I tend to start my projects first in Access so I can carry it around with me while I develop it. When I feel the project is ready for a first release it is very easy to upload all my tables, data and queries to SQL Server and simply link in the new tables. No need to change my forms, reports or code because the linked tables are named the same, they just reside in a more robust and scalable database now that they are deployed.

            Access's interface does take some getting used to and VBA is not a Real(TM) programming language but the beauty of VBA is, if you don't like the Access interface, change it using VBA. When I finish an automation solution that keeps some poor SOB in my company from typing the same data into our systems day in and day out the interface he/she uses is far different then that of standard Access.

            Bottom line is, it's all about using the right tool for the job and for the small company I work for Access is the right tool in some very key situations.

            P.S. I realize there are 100's, if not 1000's of other solutions that do similar things to what I describe above. My company owned Access and MSSQL so that and my familiarity with Access led to my choice.
      • ow many people in small offices really need

        these days, it isnt on the basis of "your" needs, but your needs are 'created' on the basis if what they deem fit for you.. in other words they bundle other s/w for which you pay thru your nose and then you feel like using it (coz you paid for it)

      • Re:Do I forsee... (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Uber Banker ( 655221 ) *
        A lot of offices don't need most of the tools (think: your typical 2-10 person small business), and not having to pay for them is very helpful.

        Then OpenOffice (or KOffice or whatever) should suffice in most cases, no need to pay anything! If VBA macros, or other niche tools only offered by existing installs of MS Office, are essential, then stick with Office 2k, 2003, or whatever else you have installed (being such a small business, preferential/time limited licences are unlikely, unless you were unluc
      • In my experience, quite a few need at least half of those, especially Access and Publisher. Depending on the size of the small office, Sharepoint could also be quite useful.
    • What irks me is that MS should have free viewers for all their applications [microsoft.com]. That means you, Publisher. Imagine if you needed to buy Adobe Reader to be able to see a PDF. Acrobat would be dead in the water now.
      • have the sender with the publisher file open
        select all (ctrl+a)
        right click any object,
        save as image

        I do this often.. sending the entire page as a jpg works easily...
    • ahhh, but the choice in naming it Office 2007 means that they can keep this version on the farm through 2008 and not be antiquated... what's window's office version at now? 2003 or something? and we're in 2006?
    • Re:Do I forsee... (Score:5, Insightful)

      by linuxmop ( 37039 ) on Thursday February 16, 2006 @12:55PM (#14734633)
      Your unjustified speculation is cute and everything, but Microsoft has offered multiple versions of Office for as long as I can remember. Some packages include programs such as Access that not everyone needs. They have even offered Word + Works Suite for low-end PCs. In none of these cases have they prevented you from reading or writing data files created with the more expensive suite (given that your suite the program in question, e.g. Access).

      But hey, why have a reasonable discussion when you can just bash Microsoft for something it hasn't done?
    • So.. how many people are really likely to get the lightweight version, hmm?

      Well, let's see what the ratios were between Office 95 Standard and Professional 11 years ago.

      Microsoft has been producing tiered packages of Office for at least that long. And I don't recall Microsoft ever disabling features in individual applications based on those tiers. You either get the app, or you don't.

  • by keyne9 ( 567528 ) on Thursday February 16, 2006 @12:11PM (#14734172)
    Are we getting some hot 'MS OFfice EX plus alpha' action soon? Maybe 'Super MS Office XII: Third Strike Champion Hyper Edition'?
    • MS Office 360 Live?
    • No, that would be what happened if EA bought Microsoft.
      • Capcom, not EA.

        Street Fighter
        Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight

        Street Fighter 2 - The World Warrior
        Street Fighter II - Champion Edition
        Street Fighter II Turbo - Hyper Fighting
        Street Fighter II - Special Champion Edition
        Super Street Fighter II - The New Challengers

        Street Fighter Alpha - Warriors' Dreams
        Street Fighter Zero
        Street Fighter Alpha 2
        Street Fighter Zero 2
        Street Fighter Alpha 3
        Street Fighter Zero 3
        Street Fighter Alpha 3 Double Upper
        Street Fighter Zero Double Upper
        Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max

        Street Fi
    • No, you got it all wrong. It's about tailoring the product to meet the customer's needs, silly. Future releases will include;

      • MS Office Student Campus Edition
      • MS Office Soccer Mom Coordination Center
      • MS Office Pimp Pack
      • MS Office Nursery, Li'l Word Processors Trainer 2008

      This is true software innovation.

  • Sweeeet!!!! (Score:5, Funny)

    by Professor_UNIX ( 867045 ) on Thursday February 16, 2006 @12:11PM (#14734175)
    Remember folks, try to reduce the stress on the main distribution site by using mirrors when possible, or even better, let's get a BitTorrent tracker going to distribute the load.
    • Re:Sweeeet!!!! (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Linker3000 ( 626634 )
      Since Office 2000 Professional does all we want I see little need for changing - all the extra bloat is pointless for us. If I was going to make a jump it would be to a more trimmed, more polished copy of OpenOffice - maybe Q3/4 2006??

      • Actually, the last company I worked for used MS Office 97 as their standard and I found it just fine for everything I did (including lots of collaborative documents with people using lots of different versions of MS Office).

        Now that I'm an independent consultant I use OpenOffice.org and find it works great in the same highly collaborative environment. I use word, spreadsheet, and presentation applications and share them extensively.

        I'm sure the corporate IT drones are wetting their pants over all of th

      • It does everything except open Office 2007 files. That's why I stick with OpenOffice. I have better chances of being able to read all the new formats. If you shell out for a copy of office, then it can't read any new formats when they come out.
  • Uh oh (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 16, 2006 @12:12PM (#14734190)
    ..and also incorporate Microsoft Office Communicator, a corporate instant messaging service.

    That can never be a good thing...

    Employer 1: I seem to have lost the TSP report: Could you it to me ?
    Employer 2: ASL?!?!

    • So hang on...

      I now need to maintain not only my exchange address book, but also my communicator address book, which will doubtlessly use different lists, and not talk to MSN at all?

      What's wrong with MSN? The Sharing Folders in MSN 8 are quite slick and ideal for corporate users.
      • Two Words... (Score:4, Informative)

        by Phil John ( 576633 ) <philNO@SPAMwebstarsltd.com> on Thursday February 16, 2006 @01:04PM (#14734737)

        ...Sarbanes Oxley

        Companies need to keep logs of pretty much everything these days. Plus with having a system running in-house you can firewall off other IM services and not worry about employees using IM for non-work uses.

        Finally (as mentioned elsewhere in this thread) it integrates perfectly into you existing outlook/exchange server directory.

  • Office communicator (Score:5, Interesting)

    by iMaple ( 769378 ) on Thursday February 16, 2006 @12:16PM (#14734237)
    The office communicator is one of the few products that I really like. I used a beta for ~3 months and (provided you have the infrastructure in place) it kicks ass. It integrates email, IM and phone in an amazing way (by email I mean Outlook , no you cant use pine :( ). Eg. If the outlook calendar shows that I have a meeting in my office , it will set the IM status to ('Busy, in a meeting') and switch off the phone ringer (and email me any voice messages). Then when I see a missed call, I just click on that person and select call, which switches on the phone speaker and dials out the number. Impressive , eh ?
    • I can see it now : "youre downsized lol"
    • "Microsoft Office Communicator"?

      Such innovation [google.com]!

      What's next, "MicrosoftOffice.org"? "Microsoftazureus"? "MicrosoftPhotoshop"?

    • If the outlook calendar shows that I have a meeting in my office , it will set the IM status to ('Busy, in a meeting') and switch off the phone ringer (and email me any voice messages). Then when I see a missed call, I just click on that person and select call, which switches on the phone speaker and dials out the number. Impressive , eh ?

      Yep, right up to the time where I skip a meeting because I'm waiting for an important phone call -- and my phone just never rings because I forgot to cancel the appoi

      • Yep, right up to the time where I skip a meeting because I'm waiting for an important phone call -- and my phone just never rings because I forgot to cancel the appointment in Outlook

        Well, if you dont like it switch off the feature, or let it set your phone to a visual ring or low ring. Or forward the call to the IM client. My point was, its much more than an IM client, it does a lot of things seamlessly (and almost always ,exactly like I would want it to)
    • by khasim ( 1285 ) <brandioch.conner@gmail.com> on Thursday February 16, 2006 @12:30PM (#14734394)
      It integrates email, IM and phone in an amazing way (by email I mean Outlook , no you cant use pine :( ).
      What you meant to say was ...

      "It integrates MS Exchange/Outlook, MS Messenger and MS Phone in an amazing way."

      And no, I don't want voice mail in my email. People store too much crap in it already.
      • "It integrates MS Exchange/Outlook, MS Messenger and MS Phone in an amazing way."
        Thats sadly true, I dont think it interoperates with any other products. (maybe it does, with Lotus notes or smthng else, but I dont know)

        And no, I don't want voice mail in my email. People store too much crap in it already.
        Neither do I, so I set it to just email me just the missed call reminders, which turned out to be quite useful.
    • Sounds like a 100% ripoff of Cisco's IP Phone technology. The Cisco stuff does all that with the phone set, soft-phone, emailed voicemails, and integration with Outlook.

      How did you think that all worked... by MS deciding to start selling phones? That's been around for years now.
    • by argStyopa ( 232550 ) on Thursday February 16, 2006 @01:40PM (#14735103) Journal
      "Why aren't I getting any phone calls for the past 4 hours"
      "Because you show as busy in your calendar. You should get the voicemails as emails."
      "What?! And where are the voicemails of which you speak?"
      "You should be getting them."
      "Do you see any in my email?"
      "No....I see, you've forwarded your phone to your cellphone, so the voicemails will be forwarded to your PDA."
      "But I don't have them in there? It says that the emails were truncated because the PDA omits attachemnts over 128kb."
      "Oh then it would have dropped them off."
      "So where are they?"
      "Deleted. The PDA dropped them, and the voicemail server doesn't save them once sent."
      "So they're gone? 4 hours of voicemails - gone?"
      "Sorry, it looks like it"
      "But I'm not busy in the first place?"
      "Hmm...look, you got this email from your wife saying that it's Bill's birthday today."
      "So?"
      "She marked it as an all day event, when you accepted to add it to your calendar, it marked you as 'out all day'. Also, you're not going to get paid for today, we have our payroll integrated too."
      "So let me see if I understand this, according to my accepting a birthday reminder, I've lost 4 hours of vital voicemails, automatically rejected any meeting requests since the system thought I was already in one, and in fact I'm not even going to get paid for today?"
      "Yeah, sorry about that."
      "So since I'm definitely 'not here', then I guess the police won't suspect me of killing you?"
      "?"
  • MS Carnage (Score:5, Funny)

    by AnalystX ( 633807 ) on Thursday February 16, 2006 @12:17PM (#14734245) Journal
    "designed to run over corporate networks and the Internet"
    Why not? Microsoft tries to run over everything else. I just hope there isn't too much damage.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    My office is all but fed-up with the MS Word updates-every-few-years. We wont pay for it again, even the pres of the co said to forget about it. We need the cash in the bank to make it through the next few years, which are going to be stupidly tough.

    As such, all files are to be in Word 2000 .doc format, .pdf, .txt, or html. Thats it. When we get unworking things from clients we reply that we were unable to process their doc, the reason why, and instructions on how to do it. Occasionally we get bitchy client
    • by DaHat ( 247651 ) on Thursday February 16, 2006 @12:36PM (#14734452) Homepage
      Lucky for your office, one of Office 12's most under sold benefits (new XML based documents) will not just be limited to Office 12, in addition they will be releasing patches for XP and 2003 for sure (I am not sure about 2k currently) so that far more people can enjoy the benefits.
    • We need the cash in the bank to make it through the next few years, which are going to be stupidly tough.

      Hmmmm, I wonder why :-k

      all files are to be in Word 2000 .doc format, .pdf, .txt, or html. Thats it. When we get unworking things from clients we reply that we were unable to process their doc, the reason why, and instructions on how to do it. Occasionally we get bitchy clients, but those people are bitchy no matter what we do.

      Oh yes, I see the reason now... \\:D/

  • by Macblaster ( 94623 ) on Thursday February 16, 2006 @12:19PM (#14734263) Homepage
    See, while Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 will only cost arm, Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007 will cost arm + leg.

    Oh, and the premium edition, Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007...

    you don't want to know.
  • by sikandril ( 924466 ) on Thursday February 16, 2006 @12:21PM (#14734275)
    I see you have received some bad corporate news..

    Would you like to throw a piece of furniture?

    1. Chair
    2. Sofa
    3. 18th Century French Armoir

  • Office 2007 (previously code-named Office 12)...

    Wow, the guys in MS's code-naming division must've been putting in nights and weekends to come up with that.

    From True Romance, re: the sequel to "Coming Home in a Bodybag":
    Clarence: What's this one called anyway?
    Producer: We don't have a title yet. What does Joe like?
    PA: Uh, Bodybags II.
    Producer: Ooh, that's imaginative. I've got more taste in my penis.
  • by swid27 ( 869237 ) on Thursday February 16, 2006 @12:22PM (#14734298) Homepage
    The article fails to mention that FrontPage will become SharePoint Designer in Office 2007.
  • And probably still known as office12 as far as the directories and developers may be concerned (I recall the last office version I had being in an office10 folder, which it was not known as from the front (Office XP I think)).
  • Office 12 gets you headaches? downfall? some of the related links suggested by MSN on the page this story was there (seriously):

    (*)High-tech bathroom relaxation

    (*)Bank (safely) on the Web

    (*)Tech gear you need for hitting the slopes

  • Although I used OOO for writing my diploma thesis (later switched to latex), MS Office is still installed on my PC. Of course reason is I didn't really pay for it. There is even incentive in my country for students to be able to replace illegal copies of MS software at NO COST(!) for a license. Obviously, MS fears that enforcement will push people not wanting to pay onto free alternatives.
    Reason I still have MS office is comatibility, mostily with powerpoint files. I doenload lot's of these from local newsg
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 16, 2006 @12:57PM (#14734661)
    With Microsoft Grab Bag Edition you get one exciting office application, you just don't know which one. By distributing the ``Bag'' edition of office, indecisive HR departments can assign jobs based on dumb luck:

    Employee A -- "Cool! I got Excel, I'm gonna be a budget analyst!"

    Employee B -- "I got Word! Awesome! I'm gonna write memos and be a manager."

    Employee C -- "Shit, I got PowerPoint. But I don't want to be a consultant. They suck."

    Employee D -- "You think you got it bad? I got Access, I'm never gonna get anything done."

  • Oh heck, they're pushing this piece of crack. Sure it'll hopefully stop the secretaries emailing 10M Word documents, but they'll be emailing "The Agenda is on the Sharepoint" messages. Great, I can read it with OpenOffice but now I CANT GET IT!!

    Anyone know more about Sharepoint and knows of a free client?

    B
  • by Jivha ( 842251 ) on Thursday February 16, 2006 @01:06PM (#14734755)
    I wonder why people are falling for this talk about "multiple versions" in Office 2007. The available retail versions of MS Office 2003, as listed on Microsoft.com [microsoft.com]

    - MS 2003 Professional Ed.
    - MS 2003 Standard Ed.
    - MS 2003 Small Business Ed.
    - MS 2003 Student & Teacher Ed.

    And the versions of the upcoming Office 2007 as listed in the article

    - Professional
    - Standard
    - Enterprise
    - Small Business
    - Home & Student

    Guess what - all of one extra edition - "Enterprise" (Student & Teacher appears to have been rebranded as Home & Student). The way the article and the submission is written it would appear that multiple versions were the next best thing to sliced bread since, um, Office 2003?
  • by carrier lost ( 222597 ) on Thursday February 16, 2006 @01:06PM (#14734758) Homepage
    • Office Borg - Will assimilate all copies of non-Microsoft productivity software
    • Office Clipinator - A random collection of cute, animated icons which will attempt to provide the same clerical output as your average gum-chewing office assistant.
    • Office Extravaganza - Every piece of eye-candy imaginable - scrolling menus, transparent windows, aqua-theme derivatives
    • Office SUV - Sucks up all available computer resources with no discernable increase in useable output.
    • Office Enron - Provides plausible deniability by randomly losing sensitive documents, transferring incriminating information to unsuspecting coworker's hard drives and routinely wiping inbox.
  • by rubberbando ( 784342 ) on Thursday February 16, 2006 @01:11PM (#14734813)
    Why rebuy something that already works just fine? In fact, I find that Office 97 runs faster/better than any of the newer versions I've used at work.

    Each time I upgrade to a faster machine, I move my installation over to it. I noticed with Windows XP, the Office 97 installer crashes. After reading some boards online, I noticed that most people concluded that it wouldn't run/install on XP but after experimenting with the 'custom' install, I discovered that all you need to do uncheck the web import/export for Word and everything else will install just fine. Besides, who the heck uses Word to edit/create webpages anyway. :P
  • Please tell me that file formats are compatible accross all these versions, and please, please tell me that the Access file format hasn't changed yet fucking again.
  • Box cover (Score:3, Funny)

    by saboola ( 655522 ) on Thursday February 16, 2006 @01:16PM (#14734859)
    Much like the EA sports games, each released with a year appended to the title (Madden 2006, MLB 2006, Lawn Darts 2006) Microsoft should also follow the trend of stick a famous player of the game on the front in a menacing pose. I nominate Ballmer throwing a chair.
  • He he .... (Score:3, Funny)

    by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Thursday February 16, 2006 @01:19PM (#14734883) Homepage
    a collaboration program and Web portal that is designed to run over corporate networks and the Internet...

    Oh, I'm sure it'll pretty effectively level them.

    *rimshot*

    Thanks folks, I'm here all week.
  • Having sent in a feature request, I am informed by someone at Microsoft that there will indeed be better iCalendar support in Office 12 ( aka Office 2007 ). This is great, since I will be better able to exchange or publish calendars.
  • by Dunbal ( 464142 )

    That's great!

    Where can I download it? Ooops?
  • ...on some low-power laptops under Win98 or W2K.

    Works good enough - in fact can't really see much improvement more recent versions of Word and Excel for the kind of things most people use the application for in my organization.

  • That damn Kirk gets sent on all the good missions.
  • Sharepoint definately has a long way to go. Running an entire MS domain, I still have trouble getting around the security problems when forms opened from Sharepoint are sent via email. Hopefully this new distro will fix that but still, Sharepoint is completely un needed software.
  • Perfect (Score:3, Insightful)

    by 955301 ( 209856 ) on Thursday February 16, 2006 @01:57PM (#14735259) Journal
    Because that's what I need my malicious script friendly word processing software to be - network aware and readily capable of "sharing" with the rest of the corporate environment.
  • by antdude ( 79039 ) on Thursday February 16, 2006 @03:24PM (#14736244) Homepage Journal
    Does anyone here still prefer and use older versions like Office 2000? At home, I use 2000 version and it still does fine for my needs. I don't do fancy editings in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Sometimes I use OpenOffice [openoffice.org] especially in Linux and Mac OS X v10.2.8 (NeoOffice [neooffice.org]), but that's rare. At work, I have to use Office 2003 since it is required by IT. I don't like these newer versions (2002/XP, 2003, etc.).

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