The Microsoft Office Standard suite includes Microsoft Office Excel 2007, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, and Microsoft Office Word 2007, Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager, Microsoft Office Accounting Express 2008, Microsoft Office Publisher 2007, and Microsoft Office Access 2007. Although the Home tab houses many frequently used features, it's not the first place we look for them. Create a Groove workspace right on your computer with two clicks. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 can produce more-polished documents and presentations, and Outlook's new scheduling abilities make it a handier communications hub. You can reject the tools you don't need, although there's no explanation of what you might miss.
The Bottom Line If you work with Microsoft Outlook on a daily basis, this upgrade can make scheduling simpler and e-mailing more interesting. The Office Shortcut Bar--a feature that disappeared in the 2003 version--is back, located within the Office Tools menu. I made note of where the backup directory is located. When you compose an e-mail message, the tabbed Ribbon appears, allowing you to format the text as well as attach files, contacts, and images. I did not have a good backup selection for it and had to change it to more frequent backups. One-line summary: 10 characters minimum Count: 0 of 55 characters 3. Add tools to support your team's evolving needs: file-sharing, discussions, meetings, and business forms.
A similar window appears when you schedule appointments, set up tasks, or edit individual contacts. However, if you only use a small fraction of what Office offers or you felt that getting the hang of Office 2003 was painful enough, then you might want to leave Office 2007 on the shelf or first. Windows Vista users already have Instant Search through the included Windows Desktop Search. Integration among the applications isn't as thorough as we'd hoped, and there's no one-click way to collaborate with others on an edit without buying Microsoft's Groove online collaboration tool or working within a server setting. And many items have moved to places that we don't find intuitive. Within the main window, a new, collapsible To-Do bar summarizes your current appointments and tasks for the day.
Cons It lacks some features that the newest versions do not have either. Overall, our favorite interface tweak is the slider bar in the lower right corner that lets you zoom in and out with ease. If you postpone this process, you can run the applications 25 times before you must validate your license. For instance, the dictionary and thesaurus in Word are under the Review tab, not References near the footnote and bibliography buttons. We spent 40 minutes just skimming the 10,379-word End User License Agreement and stopped before we could understand it all. The Ribbon emerges once you begin to compose a message or an appointment.
Cons: 10 characters minimum Count: 0 of 1,000 characters 5. These little changes can be a big deal if Outlook is your messaging and scheduling nerve center. The Bottom Line Overall, Microsoft Office Standard 2007 is a worthy upgrade if you need to make sleeker-looking documents and presentations to share with others, and Outlook is better than ever, but you can stick to your current software if you don't feel that it lacks anything. Nor do the dynamic previews apply to all style elements. Cons: 10 characters minimum Count: 0 of 1,000 characters 5. It's too bad that while this process lets you handpick which items to install, it doesn't explain what you'll miss if you reject, say, Office Tools.
Outlook lacks the logo button and adopts the Ribbon only within its message composition and scheduling windows. However, of course, this rules out those still using older versions of Windows. Admittedly, many of these tweaks are for ease of use and don't exactly reinvent this desktop e-mail client, but the changes enhance what Outlook already did well and make for a more elegant and practical experience overall. On the one hand, newbies to Office software, particularly young, visual learners, may find the 2007 interface easier to master than Office 2003. Pros: 10 characters minimum Count: 0 of 1,000 characters 4. If you don't have Internet access, you can activate the software by calling a toll-free telephone number.
Microsoft Outlook 2007 If you depend upon Microsoft Outlook's e-mail and calendar, the 2007 version offers welcome changes that can save time and keep you on your toes. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint arrange features within a tabbed Ribbon toolbar that largely replaces the gray drop-down menus and dialog boxes from a quarter-century of Office software. Microsoft leaves the strictest settings on by default. Interface Once you open each Office 2007 application, you'll see a radically different, blue interface that's brighter than in the past. Pull-down Style Galleries let you preview how new fonts, color themes, chart styles, images and such appear before you apply the change. For instance, the Picture Tools Format tab only shows up when you click on an image.
I have not figured out how to turn off the styles in the ribbon. This is great for selecting from menus of fonts or page templates. We imagine that power users who have mastered the nooks and crannies of the older versions will curse the steep learning curve. As with the layout of other Office 2007 programs, contextual tabs appear and disappear based upon your work at hand; for example, the picture-formatting menu shows up only once you've clicked on an image. For example, Privacy Options leaves it up to users to hook up to online Help automatically, as well as to download a file that continually tracks system problems. Summary I am trying to pass this course. Getting used to this can take some practice.