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Product: Microsoft Office XP Professional With FrontPage
Company: Microsoft
Website: http://www.microsoft.com/office
Estimated Street Price: Various
Review By: Byron Hinson & Julien Jay

Final Results and Overall Mark

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Word 2002
3: Excel 2002
4: Outlook 2002
5: FrontPage 2002
6: Access 2002
7: PowerPoint 2002
8:
Speech
9: Conclusion

Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for Office XP.

Final Comments

How It Grades
  Installation: 90%
Help: 90%
Features: 91%
Ease of use: 85%

Interface:
92%
Price:
80%
Overall: 88%
 

There isn't really anything too bad to say about this new release of Office, that's not to say that everything is great either, FrontPage and Access are disappointing upgrades over their predecessors and don't do justice to the rest of the components that make up Office XP. Speech is damn right buggy and a big disappointment overall. But Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel are all excellent upgrades over their 2000 versions which thankfully make up for those two disappointments earlier. There are some worries with security risks for the Smart Tags feature but these are very unlikely to happen. So overall a very good upgrade over Office 2000...but as usual, if you don't feel you need the new features, there is no need to upgrade.

 

Specs & Package
Overall Score 88%
Version Reviewed Office XP Professional With FrontPage
Release Date Available Now!
In the Box Microsoft Press CD (No Box)
The Good Points Excellent Programs
Improved Help
Improved Installation
New Features
The Bad Points Access and FrontPage Do Not Have Many New Features
Speech Feature isn't included in localized versions of the suite
Reviewers PC Setup Pentium III 800 EB
ABIT BE6-II+RAID Motherboard
Windows Me
256 Meg PC 133 SD-Ram
20 GB Quantum Fireball AS ATA 100 HD
Hercules 3D Prophet II Ultra
DirectX 8a
SoundBlaster Live! Value
19" Iiyama Monitor
Microsoft Force Feedback Pro 2
Microsoft Game Pad Pro (USB)
Microsoft Digital Sound System 80
Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer

DVD TV Player - Pioneer DV-626D
Widescreen TV - Sony KV-28WS2U 28"
DVD-ROM: Memorex DVD-Maxx 12x

PC Required Minimum System

Windows 98, Windows Me or Windows 2000
Pentium II or higher
64MB SDRAM
CD-Rom Drive
10
0Mb of free hard disk space

 

Speech In Office XP  

 

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