Office 2007: Don't Wait for Vista

January's simultaneous operating system and productivity suite releases should have been cause for simultaneous customer upgrades. But there are plenty of reasons for enterprises to deploy separately—and Office 2007 much sooner than Vista. Conceptually, Office and Windows are conjoined products. Many businesses wouldn't have one without the other. Not since 1995 versions simultaneously shipped has Microsoft given enterprises so much reason to consider both together.

Rather than sizzling, however, sales synergy is drizzling. Analysts' early estimates indicate brisker business uptake of Office 2007, with many enterprises planning to wait until perhaps next year to seriously begin Vista deployments. "Although Microsoft made a big deal about Vista and Office shipping together, there's really very little synergy between the products," said Paul DeGroot, lead desktop strategies analyst for Directions on Microsoft. "Vista was still shape-shifting toward the end of the Office dev cycle, so the Office team couldn't do much integration with it."

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Office 2007 really is a phenomenal improvement over 2003. The ribbon takes a bit of getting used to but once you get the hang of it, it's really that much better than the old toolbar.

I love Office 2007, but we have had some problems with it... sometimes it seems like work doesn't want to grammer check or will skip over some errors... and a couple times we had the program littearly just blink out like someone closed it. thankfully I have auto recovery set to 1 minute... so finding the ASD files and pulling the text out of them is pretty easy to save a lot of work that oculd of been lost

There's no special synergy between the products for the enterprise to even consider IMHO. I suggest to treat them as completely separately. Obviously MS wish to sell them together to ensure the sale of their two latest flagship products, but reality looks different.

We're rolling out Office 2007 since spring and it works just great. However, we consider what kind of users get it (we're a mixed bunch of computer savvy users) and are a bit more careful for those who're more used to the "old" style. Those use to get 2003 instead. My personal experience is however that if you would never have used either Office UI before, you would start working faster and more efficiently with the 2007 UI. The problem is not really with the UI IMHO, but with adaption and changing learned patterns.

Word 2007 is pretty nice IMHO. It feels snappier than 2003, and the new interface is better than before once you learn how to use it.

Too bad you can't say the same about Vista. Vista is an operating system for toothless people living in trailer parks who get excited by anything with "3D", "Xtreme", or "Ultimate" in the name, not for businesses or professionals.

toadeater said,
Vista is an operating system for toothless people living in trailer parks who get excited by anything with "3D", "Xtreme", or "Ultimate" in the name, not for businesses or professionals.

LOL!!!! There's a lot of people on here that love Vista.

toadeater said,
Too bad you can't say the same about Vista. Vista is an operating system for toothless people living in trailer parks who get excited by anything with "3D", "Xtreme", or "Ultimate" in the name, not for businesses or professionals.
haha I quite like Vista to be honest. It isnt the greatest thing since toast and the slow file transfer speeds really ****es me off but then again I love certain aspects, the most positive one for me being the new memory management which makes reopenning things for me 10x faster than XP.

Anyway I agree but, theres no reason you need both Vista and Office 07 and that to get one you need the other. I used the beta of 07 on XP and it functions the same as would 2003 on Vista. Just use what you like.

toadeater said,
Word 2007 is pretty nice IMHO. It feels snappier than 2003, and the new interface is better than before once you learn how to use it.

Too bad you can't say the same about Vista. Vista is an operating system for toothless people living in trailer parks who get excited by anything with "3D", "Xtreme", or "Ultimate" in the name, not for businesses or professionals.

Actually, the average end user is the one who isn't happy with Vista right now. All the people I told to wait until spring to buy a computer did...and all of them want to toss their computers into the trash. I love it. My friends with laptops love it. But desktop users seem to be the ones who are confused, ****ed off, disoriented, and disappointed.

Force your users to try it for one day. They'll never go back. The ribbon is such a monumental improvement over the old interface it isn't even funny.

Agreed 100%. Office 2007 is a wonderful product...the kind of innovation that is worth paying the upgrade for (unlike every version of Office for the previous decade). Bravo MS on Office 2007!

Huge (marketing department driven) mistake in bundling it with the "Released oh-too-fast, half-baked, and with little to offer the end user for such a ridiculously overpriced" XP+ known as Vista 1 through 8. Ahem.

at our office we kinda rolled out a pilot version of office 2007 and the acceptance was so bad, we dropped the project. We reverted back to 2003 version. In general, people above the mid-late 35's totally shunned it. They were all scared by the ribbon. I agree it might be very glossy, but adaptation is going to be very slow (even slower than vista) i think. Any one else have had such experience or did something to increase or improve user acceptance ?

I guess we'll have to wait till MS provides user the option to choose ribbon or classic menus. But I 'm skeptical if MS would even consider user's real requirement.

^^^ That's the truth though. Many users have a very difficult time adjusting to the new layout. Granted there are some power users who will be able to figure things out themselves when a problem arises but, from my experiences at least, many users will do nothing but create problems for IT dept's if it gets rolled out on a large scale =/
For now it seems as if sticking with 2003 is the best option.

But again, this is what I have concluded from my experiences..

DeGroot? Shape-shifting?

I'm too addicted to Lost.


But yes, Office 2007 has the same benefits on both Vista on XP. The only real difference is that the title bar and colors are drawn differently in Vista if Aero is enabled.