Microsoft Office XP Professional Upgrade [Old Version]
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The new version of Outlook in Office XP Professional condenses all yourpersonal and professional e-mail into one central location, even your Web-based e-mail accounts like Hotmail. With AutoRecover, your work is saved at regular intervals while you work. PowerPoint includes animation effects and custom slidetransitions. An editable print preview assures that your printed slides and documents come out right the first time. Office XP Professional also includes Word 2002 and Excel 2002.
Top Customer Reviews
The features found in Office XP are almost a clone to the previous Office suite's. Yes, you can now hold 24 items in your clipboard and that is indeed something but isn't that a nifty trick that could have been added as a download? The task panes, etc. look nice but nobody in the work world is going to use them. Also, you need a full screen when you are seriously working and some of Office XP's innovations reduce the work area.
If you are happy with the Office suite you are currently using, keep it and ignore this upgrade. There are no improvements big or small that justify the cost. Yes, it has the best programs going but it is difficult to install and after you finally get it on your system you are left with - a clone of the Office Suite you were previously using.
You will first notice how nice everything looks and the new "Smart Pane," which is supposed to be a window with what Office thinks you will want to do. The contents of this pane include your most recently used documents and options to create new documents.
The menus look a lot like the DHTML effects common on many web sites--menu options are "highlighted" when you mouse over them. A few other things have changed, but the changes are mostly cosmetic.
The Smart Pane, which is really more of a "pain" than a "pane," is obtrusive to me--I am what is called a "power user," i.e., I use MS Office for about four hours a day, rely on it, and am very familiar with it. When I open an application, I want wide, open space. I often close the Smart Pane without using its features, instead opening documents the way I have for years-either by opening them from the Work menu I added or by clicking to them. This Smart Pane is supposed to close when you open something, but sometimes it doesn't, meaning I have to click to close it.
Worse, the Smart Pane automatically opens when you want to do something it thinks requires many options.Read more ›
If your Office is quite old (95, 97), you should upgrade.
If you are an Office expert, stretching your projects to use every ounce of capability, or your team makes big collaborative projects with Office, you should upgrade.
If you are in the other 95% of Office 2000 users, keep what you have, save your money, and enjoy.
Office XP is fine, usually. Works OK, usually. Doesn't have major bugs, seems a little more solid, but still occasionally crashes or has other problems.
Office XP does all the same things as Office 2000, plus has the theoretical capability for voice & handwriting inputs. For most of us, with desktops PCs, that won't matter.
Smart Tags will be occasionally helpful, but will always block off the cell you're about to edit, with unnecessary options for the cell you've just changed.
A most confusing thing in Office XP is still its abuse of Microsoft's own Windows programming standards (published for others only?) in how it represents multiple open documents. Excel and Word act differently, both in violation of the rules, with multiple icons in your task bar for documents open in the same Word or Excel window. This confusion can hurt both inexperienced and power users alike: for example, when closing one document you may accidently close a second one with the same click.
Finally, as usual, most of the changes are not in user-helping functionality, but are "under the hood", partially re-tooling Office to support Bill Gates' future software architecture visions and, in the long run, helping Microsoft.
Here are the best of the new features in each application, in my opinion:
-- All applications - new "task pane" allows you to see related commands to your current position in the document.
-- there is a good feature in Word, to track changes with bubbles on the side of the document. It's much easier to read, and lawyers should love it.
-- Outlook is pretty much the same.
-- Excel - formulas manipulaitons are sort of easier and more intuitive.
I would say that if you are a features geek, that can't live without the latets UI, you should upgarde, othewise I would stick with Office 2k.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
UPDATE 4/23/13: if you've installed Windows 7 or 8 FIRST, and the installation is 32-bit, then you can indeed install these older MS Office programs. Read morePublished on August 10, 2012 by brainout
After reading reviews I will keep my Office 2000. I really loved Wordperfect but due to big brother I have been forced to use MS Office. Read morePublished on June 25, 2005 by KAH Keith
Our office made it mandatory for us to upgrade to Office XP....I have had nothing but problems since. Thankfully, I only have to deal with this piece of garbage at work. Read morePublished on September 18, 2003 by C. Johnson
XP Professional carries the basic office into a far more integrated structure of flipping data, graphics, and presentations from one format to another without any Office family... Read morePublished on August 2, 2003
After having used Word 6.0C and the same other programs on my computer for years, without hardly ever crashing, OfficeXP2002 was my nightmare in waiting. Read morePublished on May 26, 2003 by Mr Neil J Waddington
Bought this for me Mum to go with her birthday laptop. Her emails and photo attachments seem to be getting thru OK, so I guess the books works.Published on April 12, 2003 by Chris Holmes
If everyone were still churning out stock options in their sleep and making money every time they went to the coffee machine, it wouldn't be so much of an issue. Read morePublished on January 3, 2003
All I can say is I have had Win 3.1, Win 95 and Win 98 then went to this upgrade. This is the best Windows yet....very stable and well very stable... Read morePublished on December 23, 2002 by Thomas Carson