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

Subject: Re: Real World Advantages of Office / Word 2007 and Windows 7
From: Lisa G Wright <writingweb -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 7 May 2012 13:17:40 -0500

Ben, I agree with you. I'm surprised by the resistance to new software in
this thread. I resisted switching to Office 2007 (for no other reason that
stubbornness) until I was in a lab one day and it was my only option. The
ribbon was instantly usable and easy to understand. Yes, I had to figure
out where a few things were. Big deal--I mostly don't use them every day
anyway. I learned them and moved on. One of the things I like best about
the ribbon is that Microsoft made a significant investment in user research
and made a big change based on that research. We hear an awful lot of
complaints on this list about companies not being willing to do that. Did
they account for every niche? No, apparently not. But I think that's OK.
It's just different. There's nothing I can't do that I did before.

In most cases there are significant advantages to upgrading to current
software in most cases. Receiving security patches and bug fixes are two
big reasons. For browsers and OSs especially (Windows XP vs 7? 7 wins, no
contest). However, the advantages are not universal. I never used Vista,
for example. I'm trying to downgrade to Adobe Creative Suite 3 from 5
because of some changes that made Dreamweaver LESS usable for me than
previously. We'll see if it works.

Lisa

On Mon, May 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM, Ben Davies <bdavies -at- imris -dot- com> wrote:

> This discussion is disillusioning. Sounds like the biggest issue people
> have with Word 2010 is actually having to learn how it works, and where
> menu items are located. And to me that boils down to being old school and
> resisting change and refusing to learn new things. As a technical
> communicator, learning new things and new software is part of the job, is
> it not??
>

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References:
Real World Advantages of Office / Word 2007 and Windows 7: From: William Sherman
RE: Real World Advantages of Office / Word 2007 and Windows 7: From: Paul Hanson
RE: Real World Advantages of Office / Word 2007 and Windows 7: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
RE: Real World Advantages of Office / Word 2007 and Windows 7: From: Ben Davies

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