Word97 stability?

Subject: Word97 stability?
From: geoff-h -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 1998 18:00:39 -0600

Dave Koch is <<looking for a Word95/Word97 expert's
(someone who has used both extensively) opinion on whether
to upgrade to Word97... I'm using RoboHELP 4.0 with Word
95, which has been a very, very stable configuration for

About a month ago, I surveyed techwr-l and copyediting-l on
the relative stability and number of problems with Word97
and WordPerfect. Neither came off well in this survey, but
my personal judgment based on the summarized comments was
that Word97 is not ready for prime time... the words "beta
software" spring to mind. To be fair to Word, some people
reported not a single problem. What disturbed me, though,
was that many respondents reported completely intractable
problems. Several people reported that problems arose
unpredictably with formerly stable configurations, but no
consensus on why this happened or on how to solve the

For those who enjoy soap operas, you'll be pleased to know
that Management voted to move to Word97 anyway. Is Scott
Adams listening?

My advice: I think you've already answered your own
question. If there isn't some crucial new feature in Word97
that you can't live without, stick with what's working for
you now (i.e,. Word 95 and RH4). Why borrow trouble?

--Geoff Hart @8^{)} geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca
Disclaimer: Speaking for myself, not FERIC.

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