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[News] [Rival] Dvorak Makes Fund of Microsoft Office

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Microsoft Bob Rides Again

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| Some people actually refused to upgrade to Office 2007. They'll be even more 
| turned off by Office 14, the next iteration of the Suite. And Windows 7's new 
| UI? Forget it!  



Why Microsoft's ribbon sucks

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| Bottom line, I have a lot of respect for Microsoft and many of the 
| outstanding people that work there (e.g. Bill Buxton). 
| But the new ribbon sucks.
| I've been using it daily for months (Word, Powerpoint, Excel), and I 
| consistently stumble on the same functions over and over again. I doubt I 
| will ever master it. And I'm an interface designer!  


July 1: No more Office 2003 for OEMs

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| It’s only been six months since Microsoft launched Office 2007 at retail. But 
| as of July 1, 2007,  Microsoft won’t be making the OEM version of Office 2003 
| to its PC partners, a k a “OEMs.”  
| [...]
| Microsoft has told OEMs that they must stop selling Windows XP preloaded on 
| machines as of January 29, 2008. Retailers also are required to stop selling 
| XP on that date.   


Poor Design by Microsoft - "Save As" Button in 2007 Excel has been located!

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| In an experiment 4 out of 5 users took longer than 2 minutes to find
| the SAVE AS button. And 3 of those users needed to use the PAPER CLIP
| (CLIPPY). This is clearly poor design upon Microsoft. They never think
| about the end user. The menu structure is horrific and it has been
| proven inefficient!


Bold Redesign Improves Office 2007 But Learning Curve May Be Too Steep for
Some Users

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| "it requires a steep learning curve that many people might rather avoid.
| In my own tests, I was cursing the program for weeks"


Office 2007 may be Microsoft's Titanic: former Government IT boss

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| Bill Gates has been talking up Office 2007 ahead of its business launch
| on November 30. However, the recently departed deputy CIO of one of
| Australia's biggest government Microsoft sites believes introducing
| the new version of Microsoft Office may be the company's biggest
| ever disaster.


Question: why do I need to upgrade to Office 2007?

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| Much has been said and written about Microsoft's "bold", "gutsy",
| and "innovative" initiative of releasing Office 2007, an office
| productivity suite with a totally new user interface. However, the
| question that is bound to be on the lips of every user will be: "why
| do I need to upgrade?" Microsoft doesn't really have a good answer.
| [...]
| Microsoft, however, claims to have come up with something better
| and more intuitive - the Ribbon. Such a claim begs the question:
| "If the new user interface of Office 2007 is so intuitive, why does
| it have a learning curve?" And it does have a learning curve - a
| very steep learning curve.


Office 2007 Review: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back - Part 1

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| I've been using Office 2007 for a couple of weeks and I'm convinced
| that Microsoft missed an opportunity to change the way we relate to
| software by taking one step toward radical change, but ultimately
| failing when it came to implementation.


Vole redesigns our Office space

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| It's hard to define, but the new office suite feels good and is
| comfortable to use. That said if your requirements don't stretch
| beyond the normal usage of the odd letter, a spreadsheet to
| balance your budget and some email then there isn't a lot to
| recommend forking over cash for Office 2007, when there are
| several free options out there are increasingly attractive
| and compatible with Office documents.
| The Good
| Ribbon interface quite intuitive
| Interface is attractive and easy to use
| The Bad
| Quite expensive
| Free applications available that can perform the same tasks
| No major improvements over previous versions
| The Ugly
| Too many components seem solely designed to leverage synergies or something
| No option to revert to old interface 


Is Imitation The Sincerest Form of Flattery?

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| As many as 8 of the top 10 benefits of Microsoft Office 2007
| provide capabilities that have already been addressed by Corel
| WordPerfect Office X3. Some "new" features of Microsoft Office
| 2007 have even been part of Corel WordPerfect Office for
| close to a decade!

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