More Buyers home in on Office 2007

Before you get right down to the numbers regarding Office 2007 outselling Office 2003 (so far), I'll tell you why I think this is. The fact that many businesses bought Office 2007 before the retail release helps Microsoft since many employees have already had the opportunity to test drive the new version before the first month of sales. Even those who are not tech-savvy realize that that there is a bigger difference between Office 2007 and Office 2003 compared to Office 2003 and Office XP (2002). They couldn't care less about features, but they sure can see that the ribbon is brand spanking new. And let's face it, the average Joe doesn't see past the GUI. Finally, people want the latest and greatest version, and because they've been waiting quite a while for this one, they're all the more likely to purchase it as soon as they can.

Retail sales of Office 2007 were 108.3% better than those of Office 2003 during the first week of its launch, according to a preliminary study by the NPD Group, a consumer and retail trade researcher. The report noted that while the average selling price for Office 2007 declined 1.1% to $206.93, the dollar volume jumped by 106.3%. According to Chris Swenson, NPD director of software industry analysis, sales of the cheaper Home and Student editions of Office contributed to the dip in average selling price. Office 2007 commercial unit sales for the first month, in comparison to Office 2003 commercial sales, climbed approximately 61.3%, dollar volume jumped 97.8% and average selling price rose 22.6%.

"The Office 2007 launch was extremely successful, no matter how you look at it--whether it's the weekly or monthly sales. With almost zero advertising and marketing until the January 30, 2007, retail launch, I expected U.S. commercial license sales of Office 2007, as with Windows Vista, to be significantly below the sales of the previous version in its first full month on the market. They weren't. Sales of Office 2007 were significantly better," Swenson said.

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Office 2007 is a significant improvement indeed. All hail the mighty ribbon! :cool:
I've been using it ever since the first public beta came out, and ever since then, I wouldn't touch the old 2k3 anymore with a ten-foot pole, it's just so totally un-intuitive! x)
OO.org is even worse, it's so damn clumsy

You should look at the diffrent versions of Office to see if they meet your business needs, if you were a small business. There are some extra programs beyond Word, excel, outlook that can help you business if you want to take time to learn it.


I missed to free Office 2007 Pro offer from the "Launch Across America" developers event in Sacramento, CA because I had to work I wanted to learn about .net 3.0 and WPF and Office was free, but i can get it Pro for $179 with an academic discount. That a great deal since it cost $499 and Office Home cost $139 with academic descount, which is strange since it cost $149 retail.

I've been using Office2007 for quite a while and it's the ****, the new ribbon allows you to do everything in just a few clicks, plus it makes documents look great

Office 2007, in my opinion, is well worth the money. The new UI is revolutionary, and I have yet to find something that it is not capable of doing. I can even access my school's email account (which is on GroupWise) with Novell's Outlook Connector, which means that I can do all my work in Office. And then there is the collaboration utilities that come with Office; simply amazing.

Despite claims to the contrary, I really can't help but think that OpenOffice is countless years behind Office. It really is no substitute for Office 2007.

Agreed. OOo's UI feels clumsy compared to Office 2007 and even 2003, plus it occasionally messes up the layout of elements on a Word document.

My only gripe with Office 2007 Home and Student is MS thinking we're a bunch of idiots that don't know the software is for non-commercial use by slapping the text "non-commercial use" in the titlebar. x)

rm20010 said,
Agreed. OOo's UI feels clumsy compared to Office 2007 and even 2003, plus it occasionally messes up the layout of elements on a Word document.

My only gripe with Office 2007 Home and Student is MS thinking we're a bunch of idiots that don't know the software is for non-commercial use by slapping the text "non-commercial use" in the titlebar. x)

You would be surprised how many "idiots" think that the home/student versions can be used for commercial use. My boss at a previous tech job while I was in college wanted me to pick up the student edition of Office at my school for the company because it was significantly cheaper then at retail.

It was a real effort trying to explain to him that purchasing software is really just purchasing a license to use that software and if you violate that license then you are breaking the law just as much as if you illegally installed the software on a machine. He was a reasonably intelligent man who dealt with the law and I eventually got through to him.

I think the issue is part can be related to a generation gap as well. The current generation understands the complexity of intellectual property laws, where as the older generation struggles with it (IMHO).