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Microsoft Office Standard 2007 UPGRADE [Old Version]

Platform : Windows XP
3.2 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews

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  • Upgrade version designed for those computers with Windows server 2003 or later and Windows XP SP2 and later
  • Includes the 2007 versions of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Create high-quality documents and presentations, build powerful spreadsheets, and manage your e-mail messages, calendar, and contacts
  • Offers improved menus and tools;
  • Enhanced graphics and formatting capabilities; New time and communication management tools; and more reliability and security
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Manage e-mail and create great-looking documentsspreadsheets and presentations.Product InformationMicrosoft Office Standard 2007 is the essential software suite for homes andsmall businesses that enables you to quickly and easily create great-lookingdocuments spreadsheets and presentations and manage e-mail. The latestrelease features a new streamlined user interface that exposes monly used andfamiliar mands enhanced graphics and formatting capabilities that enable youto create high-quality documents new time management tools to help manage yourschedule and more reliability and security such as an improved junk e-mailfilter to reduce spam e-mail.  Create high quality documents Work with enhanced security and reliability Find mands and help more easily Organize your time and municationsWith these enhancements Office Standard 2007 makes it easier and moreenjoyable for you to get things done at home or work.Includes Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 Microsoft Office Word 2007Product Highlights Create high-quality documentsOffice Standard 2007 has new graphics capabilities formatting galleriesand an improved user interface that exposes monly used mands making iteven easier for you to produce high-quality documents that you can be proud of.New features and improvements include: A results-oriented user interface that makes it easier to find and use product features. More stable bullets and numbering to help you consistently format documents. Enhanced text effects SmartArt diagrams and graphics and charting galleries that provide more formatting choices. Document Themes that help you create a consistent appearance across Microsoft Office system programs.Work with enhanced reliability and security featuresWith an improved junk e-mail filter and anti-phishing tools automaticdocument recovery and Document Inspector fo

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Microsoft Office Standard 2007 Upgrade offers the core Microsoft Office applications, but significantly updated for faster, better results. Comprised of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook, this software suite empowers you to create high-quality documents and presentations, build powerful spreadsheets, and manage your e-mail messages, calendar, and contacts. With improved menus and tools, enhanced graphics and formatting capabilities, new time and communication management tools, and more reliability and security, Office Standard 2007 makes it easier and more enjoyable for you to get things done at home or at work.



The new look and feel of the 2007 Microsoft Office system automatically displays the menus and toolbars you need when you need them. View larger.


Office Excel 2007 makes it easy to analyze data. View larger.


Including charts in Office PowerPoint 2007 is easy. View larger.


Tasks are easy to follow up on because they are included on the new To-Do Bar and within Outlook reminders. You can also drag tasks onto your calendar. View larger.
This update version of the software is intended for use by those computers which have the following operating systems: Windows server 2003 or later, and Windows XP SP2 or later.

Which edition of Office is right for you? View a comparison of Microsoft Office 2007 editions.

Improved User Interface
The Office Standard 2007 user interface makes it easier for people to use Office applications. The streamlined screen layout and dynamic results-oriented galleries let you spend more time focused on your work and less time trying to get the application to do what you need. As a result, the Office Standard 2007 interface can help deliver great looking documents, high-impact presentations, effective spreadsheets, and powerful desktop database applications.

The Ribbon
Office Standard 2007 features the Ribbon, a new device that presents commands organized into a set of tabs, instead of traditional menus and toolbars. The tabs on the Ribbon display the commands that are most relevant for each of the task areas in the applications. For example, in Word, the tabs group commands for activities such as inserting objects like pictures and tables, doing page layout, working with references, doing mailings, and reviewing. For added convenience, the Home tab provides easy access to the most frequently used commands. Excel has a similar set of tabs that make sense for spreadsheet work including tabs for working with formulas, managing data, and reviewing. These tabs make it simple to access features because they organize the commands in a way that corresponds directly to the tasks you perform in the application you're using.

The Microsoft Office Button
Many of the most valuable features in previous versions of Office were not about the document authoring experience and instead focused on all the things you can do with a document: share it, protect it, print it, publish it, and send it. Although this focus had its advantages, previous releases lacked a single central location where a user could see all of these capabilities in one place. Office Standard 2007's new interface, however, brings together the capabilities of the Office system into a single entry point: the Microsoft Office button. This button allows for two major advantages. First, it helps users find these valuable features. Second, it simplifies the authoring process by allowing the Ribbon to focus on creating great documents.

Contextual Tabs
Office Standard 2007 features contextual tabs which bring important and appropriate command options to the user's attention precisely when they're needed most. Certain sets of commands are only relevant when objects of a particular type are being edited. For example, the commands for editing a chart are not relevant until a chart appears in a spreadsheet and the user is focusing on modifying it. In current versions of Office applications, these commands can be difficult to find. In Excel, however, clicking on a chart causes a contextual tab to appear with commands used for chart editing. Contextual tabs only appear when they are needed and make it much easier to find and use the commands needed for the operation at hand.

Galleries
Galleries are at the heart of the redesigned applications, and they deliver a set of clear results to choose from when working on your documents, spreadsheets, presentations, or Access databases. By presenting a simple set of potential results, rather than a complex dialog box with numerous options, galleries can simplify the process of producing professional looking work. For those who prefer a greater degree of control over the result of the operation, the traditional dialog box interfaces are still available.

Live Preview
Office Standard 2007 features Live Preview, a fresh and innovative technology that shows the results of applying an editing or formatting change as you move the pointer over the results presented in a gallery. This dynamic capability streamlines the process of laying out, editing, and formatting so you can create excellent results with less time and effort.


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  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
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  • ASIN: B000HCVR3K
  • Item model number: 021-07668
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 15, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,885 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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By Bruce D. Namerow on March 28, 2007
Normally I might wait to install a new software upgrade, but I just got a new laptop and thought it would be best to use Office 2007 with the new Vista operating system. I was wrong.

You would expect that a multi-billion dollar company like Microsoft could put out a powerful and bug-free piece of software. But after a month of using Office 2007, you get the distinct impression that this software is not ready for public release. Microsoft should be ashamed.

I don't know the root cause of my problems, but I have to stress that I am running a clean install of Office 2007 on Vista, so there shouldn't be any software conflicts or issues.

So what are my issues? The list is long:

-- My biggest concern is that MS Word constantly hangs and stalls. It can making editing a document very painful. I suspect the problem is when I put images or Visio diagrams into a document. But that is something the old MS Word was able to do without an issue. Oddly, if I have a colleague open the document and save it out in Word 2003, the problem goes away! What?! It's killing my productivity.

-- When ever I cut and paste from an old document, Word hangs for 15 to 20 seconds. And often the formatting and margins in my new document go haywire. I keep having to spend a ton of time fixing things. This never happened in the old Word. This is another time killer.

-- Every few days, Outlook 2007 starts telling me that it cannot display my email folders. Uh oh! I have to completely restart my computer to see my email again.

-- Outlook 2007 breaks many graphic emails that people send -- they look like a mess. It is because Outlook 2007 does NOT render HTML correctly since it uses the Word engine, not Internet Explorer to display email.
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I have used Excel as the primary tool of my consulting practice for the past eight years and can do things with charting that most folks would have no clue how to do. I say this not to boast, but to speak to other experienced users who are considering the switch to Office 2007.

The change from Office 2003 to 2007 is unlike any other upgrade -- it is the most difficult learning (unlearning?) curve I've ever faced. My analogy is to a carpenter where someone changed all his tools (all the settings, all the functionality), and then hid them. That's what '07 Excel is like: you can't find your tools (they aren't where they used to be), and they don't do what they used to do. It is enormously frustrating, and simple tasks (like formatting a chart) that used to take 3 minutes now take hours.

There are some nice new features: conditional formatting has more than 3 choices (yeah), you are no longer limited to 250 columns (yeah), etc; these functionality and capacity improvements are welcome. But 99% of the changes are arbitrary and useless (e.g., you now can find the "macros" tool in the "View" tab -- just where you would've guessed, huh? And how about adding a "Comment" box to a cell? Where might you find the "Comment" tool? Under the "Review" tab (how many guesses did it take?). And the help files are absolutely useless -- the worst yet for MS, and I've thought their help files were lousy in the past.

The biggest frustration is colors. I used to be able to hand set 64 different colors on my color palette -- I created a palette much nicer than the gaudy set supplied by Office '03. But now MS supplies you with a myriad of color palettes which they think are best.
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The product requires activation, which includes sending machine identification information to Microsoft.

The good news is that the Office Standard license allows installation on both a desktop system AND a laptop. It also allows you to transfer the license to new systems, over time.

From the license: "Before you use the software under a license, you must assign that license to one device. ... You may install another copy on a portable device for use by the single primary user of the licensed device. ... You may reassign the license to a different device any number of times, but not more than one time every 90 days"
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I recently bought a new laptop, and the changeover involved an "upgrade" to Office 2007. I was aware that there was a new user interface, but was not aware that Office 2007 is, in almost every respect, an INFERIOR product to any Office version that came before it!
I have used MS Office for many years, and am what could be called a "power user," especially for Word and Powerpoint, which I use weekly.
One of the great features of Office is that it has been totally customizable. For those who use office frequently, it has been easy to create your own custom toolbars so you have what you need easily available. Most tasks could be done with one or two mouse clicks... Until Office 2007!
In Office 2007, hardly anything is customizable! You have a constantly changing tool ribbon, which takes up a lot of screen real estate.
The ribbon presents a set of icons based on what it "thinks" you will need at the moment. It is rarely right! ... so you go searching through the tabs trying to find the icon that was on the ribbon a few moments earlier! There is one small "tool bar" up on the title bar that you CAN customize, but it is not convenient, and will not hold many icons. It has the option of being moved below the ribbon, which takes up even more screen real estate, but is still very limited, and cannot be docked or moved from there.
Granted, there are third party programs, such as Ribbon Customizer and Toolbar Toggle, that add back some of the ability to customize, but it is still far inferior to what Office users are used to!
Even the third party programs, however, cannot get around the fact that there are some features in earlier Office versions that are simply NOT included in the new one.
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