I have to say, after a bit more than a month of use, Microsoft Office 2007 is more than I’d expected it to be. Let’s face it. 2003 was pretty good, but it was little more than a face lift for Office 2000. The power and functionality they have added to 2007 is definitely worth the upgrade. It sports a new file system, so that Word documents are *.docx (instead of the earlier *.doc), PowerPoint slideshows are *.pptx, Excel sheets are *.xlsx, etc. It’s not just something to annoy users and force an upgrade. The new files are smaller, which makes them more quickly accessible and more easily transferred. The “ribbon,” as it’s called, is a much more elegant and intuitive interface. The available commands change as you select from the ribbon. And one needs simply to hover over a button and you can see what the results would be if you clicked it. There is an option to save a file as a *.pdf file, since the patent is up for anyone to use now. Collaboration is almost seamless now with other Office 2007 users.
I’m running the Enterprise edition. I certainly haven’t pushed this suite to the edges of what it can do. I have yet to do much with Access. I’m mostly a Word/Excel/Outlook/OneNote/Publisher guy. We’ll be bringing SharePoint and Access online soon. But at this point you can color me extremely satisfied with the product.