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Product: Microsoft Office 2007
Company: Microsoft
Website: http://www.microsoft.com/office
Estimated Street Price: $499 (Full Version) See Pricing
Review By: Andre Da Costa

Conclusion

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction / Installation
2: Ribbon in the Sky (Interface)
3: Office Word 2007
4: Office Outlook 2007
5: Office Excel 2007
6: Office PowerPoint 2007
7: Office Access 2007
8: Improvements Throughout
9: Conclusion
How It Grades
Installation: 95%
Ease Of Use: 85%
Features: 93%
Improvements: 95%
Design: 94%
Options: 95%
Help/Documentation: 90%
Price: 85%
Overall: 91.5%

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 review would never end. I covered some of things that interested me in this introductory review and focused on the features I experimented with. The Ribbon in the core applications is a bold step forward, but its necessary, 1,500 commands and a plethora of toolbars have pushed the antiquated interface to the limit and itís just a matter of time until the Office team makes the Ribbon 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. My personal say is getting used to the interface should not be a problem for many since the familiar tools are organized in ways that makes it convenient for the user to access both new and previously hidden features. This makes the interface more intelligent and more aware of what the user is doing, presenting the right tools for the Task at hand. I am proud to say; this is an Office release I definitely look forward to using everyday.

 

Specs & Package
Overall Score 91.5%
Version Reviewed Office 2007
Release Date January 30, 2007 (Retail Availability)
In The Box? N/A
The Good Points Many Improvements
Easy installation
New Design
Better Customization
The Bad Points Some relearning required
No adherence to Windows Themes
Some power users may find Office "dumbed down"
No Full 64-bit support
System Requirements

500 MHz processor or higher
256 MB RAM or higher
1.5 GB HD Space (some versions require 2 GB or Higher)
CD-ROM or DVD Drive
1024 x 768 or higher monitor resolution
Microsoft Windows XP SP 2, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP1, Windows Vista or higher

Reviewer's PC Setup

Dell c840 Laptop
Intel Pentium 4 M 2.0GHz
256 MBs of RAM
NVIDIA Geforce 440 GO 32 MBs vRAM
Windows XP Professional SP2

and

Generic AMD64 Machine
AMD Sempron 1.6 GHz
512 MBs of RAM
NVIDIA Geforce FX 5200 128 MBs vRAM
Windows Vista Ultimate x64