Microsoft has just finished the next version of Microsoft office and is expected to be available in stores early next year along with the new Windows Vista operating system. Microsoft President Jeff Raikes has said they have made more improvements to the Microsoft Office 2007 software then they have to the previous Office versions in the past decade. While users have yet to prove this statement, they have definitely added a new face to Microsoft Office that should prove to be very beneficial.
One noticeable difference in Microsoft Office 2007 will be that, along with being able to legally register the software on two personal computers, at any moment Microsoft can prompt you for your license key to verify the license is not pirated. Also, when you sign the license agreement you are committing to downloading the updates whenever Microsoft believes it is essential. However, the major transformation in Microsoft Office 2007 is the new interface and its ease of use.
This new interface is used to help emphasize the visual effects that Microsoft has improved on. This emphasis will especially be beneficial when creating pictures, flowcharts, graphs, etc. Also, users will be able to preview changes to fonts and graphics on the fly with the new style templates, which is just another example as to how Microsoft is making Office 2007 more visually inferior to the previous versions.
New Microsoft Office Interface Features:
-This version will use tabs for its features instead of drop down menus and dialog boxes that were used in the previous versions. This system is called the Ribbon, and is used in each of the Microsoft Office 2007 applications. These tabs are used to simplify accessing the features in a particular application that will correspond directly to the tasks that users perform in that certain application. Let us take Microsoft Office Excel 2007 for example. There will be a tab for managing data, working with formulas and reviewing, all of which are commonly used spreadsheet features.
-Another new feature is the Microsoft Office Button. This is essentially a single entry point on the new user interface that lists all the capabilities you can do with a document: publish it, share it, print it, etc. Most of these features were available in the previous versions of Microsoft Office; however this new feature brings them all together in one location for ease of use.
-New features similar to the Ribbon are called Contextual Tabs. These tabs only appear when certain objects are to be edited, which makes it easier for a user to find the command needed to perform the task at hand. An example would be that if in Microsoft Office Excel 2007 you selected a chart, then a contextual tab would appear with commands for chart editing. It brings wanted functionality to the user at the most appropriate time.
-Galleries are another new feature to Microsoft Office and are to replace the difficult to manage dialog boxes. They provide clear results for the user to choose from when working with their document, presentation, spreadsheet, etc. Therefore, users can just “click and pick” to obtain their desired results.
Microsoft Office 2007 will, thanks to the new features, make creating documents, spreadsheets, presentations, etc. easier and faster. These applications will also produce results that are more visually appealing than those of previous Office versions. The suites offered in the new Microsoft Office include the Standard, Small Business, Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate packages starting at $399 for the Standard package up to $679 for the Ultimate package.