Office 2007

This morning I swapped impressions of my new Office 2007 Home & Student edition with my geek friend Tom Kirkham.

Saturday we had a big retreat — large group sessions to break-out committees, then back to large groups. We did that process a couple of times Saturday. I brought my laptop to the retreat and took bulleted notes using my Office OneNote, which is the component that actually sold me on biting the bullet and installing any version of Office on my new Dell.

OneNote was soooo easy to take notes with — quickly and efficiently. A separate page for each session, common formats for each session. Just a neat way to keep track of the major topics and to-dos coming out of the sessions.

Yesterday I was ecstatic to see how easy it was to convert OneNote to a blog post of my choice. 15 minutes of work had all the notes uploaded to a common private blog I’d set up. Properly formatted and everything.

So I was bragging to Tom about how easy it was to convert from OneNote to a blog post, or even to a Word doc.

An hour later, I realized I would hafta share the notes via Word with many of the team members — the whole idea of the blog technology was just too much for them right now. So I came home for lunch and e-mailed my Word 2007 docs to the office computer, which runs on Office XP. Ain’t no way that was happenin.

So when I got home tonight, I tried to backwards convert the 2007 documents into something most of the world could open. It took FOREVER to sift through the commands and find “save as” much less find the option to convert to an older version of Word. Finally got the job done, though. Should be able to distribute tomorrow. I’m anxious to see what the conversion does to formatting on Office XP.

Kirkham believes Office 2007 isn’t something every Office user should run out and buy too quickly. I think he’s right. However, I still really, really like the OneNote feature. I’m using it to help me keep track of household improvement chores and the hardware items I’ll need to complete those tasks. I can electronically clip an interesting comment or story, give it a key word, and file it away for future reference. And I can later blog it or write about it. Complete with citations and credits.

However, I wouldn’t want to see an en masse conversion to 2007 at the office. People would go nuts.

And I agree with Tom about Vista – while I’ve purchased the upgrade as part of my new Dell Inspirion package, I’m not anxious to install the new OS as soon as the shipment arrives on my doorstep. Ipod and Lexmark need to catch up with the technology — what good is a printer without the driver to the OS? So I’m glad I’ll have the Vista box in my house but I ain’t in no hurry to throw it onto a new machine that so far is working flawlessly.

One thought on “Office 2007

  1. With the new Office (the 2007) design, look & feel, Microsoft have made a giant leap. True that it takes time to get use to the new ribbon and to get around quickly.. But once you are familiar with it, you rock!

    We do a lot of researches on the web, and using Excel macros,
    we have improved our research speed in 30%. That huge!!

    Using OneNote have improved our research information control (nothing get lost now) and with the sharing files abilities, now everyone can contribute to the project.

    So to summary it all, we are more then happy with the tools that comes in the Office 2007.
    We looking forward to the new one… 😉

    With the SP2 support for open source files,
    our CRM improved since we don’t have to “fight”
    with our clients anymore 🙂

    The 2007 was a great investment with benefits to us.

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