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Product: Office 12 Beta 1
Company: Microsoft
Estimated Street Price:
Review By: Andre Da Costa

Final Results And Overall Mark  

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Word 12
Excel 12
4: Outlook 12
5: PowerPoint 12
6: Access 12

Well we have reached the end of the preview. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for Office 12 Beta 1.


Final Comments

How It Grades

Installation: N/A
Interface: N/A
Ease of use: N/A
Features: N/A
Price/Value: N/A
Overall: N/A

Itís obvious I have only covered the tip of the ice-berg here and I could go on and on about the product, but the preview would never end. I covered some of things that interested me in this introductory preview and focused on things I experimented with. The user interface in the core applications is a bold step forward, but its necessary, 1,500 commands and a plethora of toolbars has pushed the antiquated interface to the limit and itís just a matter of time until the Office team makes it standard across the entire modules in the Office System.

Itís an innovative interface yes, but will the benefits outweigh the changes? Thatís for users to decide. Yes this early code does have glitches and performance issues left to be ironed out; right now the focus is on reliability and stability. The BETA 2 release should provide us with an early glimpse of whatís in store in the final product. My personal say is getting used to interface should not be a problem for many since the familiar tools are organized in ways that makes it convenient for the user for and new tools make the interface more intelligent and more aware of what the user is doing presenting the right tools for the Task at hand.

Specs & Package
Overall Score N/A
Version Reviewed Microsoft Office 12 Beta 1
Release Date Mid/Late 2006
The Good Points

Extensive feature set

The Bad Points Still in Beta
Reviewer Specs


PC Required

    * Operating System: Windows XP SP1 or Windows 2003 (RTM or higher) required
    * Processor: Pentium 512 MHz or higher
    * RAM: 256 MB minimum
    * HD: Varies depending on installation choices
    * Resolution: 800 x 600 or higher


ę Access 12  


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