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Office 2007: A poll

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I get asked a lot if it still pays to hone your skills on Office 2003, with 2007 out now for 3 years and 2010 on the horizon. While the installed base of Office 2007 is going up all the time, there are still many organizations on previous versions. What I want to know from you is:

1. What version of Office 2007 are you using?
2. Does your organization have plans to upgrade, either to 2007 or 2010?
3. What are your biggest concerns about or problems you've had with upgrading?

I'm looking forward to your replies!

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Sophie July 26, 2011 at 10:08 pm

At home, I’m using Office 2007 Enterprise for about 2 years now as well as at work. The switch was a little hard, since it is very different than 2003 and I almost knew all the menu by heart, but after a while I got used to it and liked it. I have a version of Office 2010 for a few months now, but I haven’t installed it yet, since nobody I know has it, and at work they do not plan to upgrade to 2010 soon.
I never had any problem upgrading other than having to get use to the new version, and its ways. My one regret through all the Office updates is that a few version ago it was really fast and easy to use mail merge (in Word and Outlook), and it became so much more complicated and long to use that I do not use it much anymore, and in Outlook it is not possible anymore to mail merge based on the category which was something so so SO much useful and time saving.

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Melissa Esquibel April 18, 2010 at 7:49 am

Thanks Teresa! many people have found this to be true, both the dismay at the new investment and the ultimate “Hey, this is pretty cool!” experience after using it for a few months. I’ve heard this said about change: People love change! They change things all the time in their lives. People, however, don’t like to BE CHANGED, involuntarily. It is a given, that computer systems, hardware and software will continue to change. The way Teresa ultimately embraced Word 2007 has allowed her to experience all the great new features. Check in with us this Tuesday, April 20th for our webinar: MS Word 2007: Beyond the Basics for tips on headers, footers, footnotes, end notes and indices of all kinds. Click on the Events button on this page for more information.

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Teresa Jackson April 14, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I installed the standard Office 2007 about 1 year ago because I was forced to make the change. When I purchased a new computer with Vista I needed to upgrade my Act program which was then not compatible with the email program provided with Vista (no more Outlook express). I was very upset with the cost of all this new software and I had heard horror stories about Office 2007. I was very surprised to find I really like the new version of Word (I use a lot of shortcut keys which have helped get through the new menues). I am especially pleased with Outlook. Every day I find new features that make my work easier.
Change is very hard for me but I have not regretted the conversion and wish I had made the change sooner!

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