RE: Real World Advantages of Office / Word 2007 and Windows 7

Subject: RE: Real World Advantages of Office / Word 2007 and Windows 7
From: Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: <bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 6 May 2012 20:24:21 -0400


William Sherman wrote:


> Anyone have any real solid reasons for leaving XP and 2003 for the world of 7 and 2007?

There are some who say that skipping every other upgrade is the best tradeoff for minimizing upgrade expense and the loss of productivity while learning a new UI while still remaining reasonably current. In your particular case, you have the perfect opportunity to follow this approach and avoid Microsoft's second-least loved OS version (Vista) and a relatively unloved Office version (2007) by upgrading directly to Windows 7 and Office 2010.

As far as reasons to make the jump, here are a few:
- Windows 7 boots *much* faster than Windows XP
- Windows 7 is a 64-bit OS so that you can install more than 3 GB or RAM, speeding up nearly everything

- Windows 7 makes better use of the dual cores in the T61s CPU, speeding thing up further- Windows 7 is much more stable than Windows XP; in 8 months running Windows 7 on my company T61 I've had zero blue screens
- Windows XP no longer receives "mainstream support" from Microsoft; it only gets "extended support" (security fixes only)
- Office 2010 doesn't look very much different from Office 2007 (except for Outlook...), and most of the changes (redesign of the File menu to show recent places [directories] as well as lots of recently used files) are positive from a usabilithy standpoint
- Office 2010 apps (and 2007 also) support generation of PDF as a built-in feature; no Acrobat or other third-party tool required
- Customizing the UI is much easier in Word 2010 than Word 2007
- The navigation pane in Word 2010 is very useful, particuarly in combination with Find, which now displays a list of all instances of the item being sought in the navigation pane as well as highlighting each instance in color in the body of the document
- Office 2010 is much more stable than Office 2007, which seemed to have some issues

-Fred Ridder



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