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Old 05-04-2009, 09:48 AM
 
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I was wondering if I should be spending my time improving my skills in the various programs in Microsoft Office XP or spend my time learning the newer version Microsoft Office 2007?

Has your employer made the change yet? What do you think?
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Lemon Grove, CA USA
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I manage two phone rooms, with a total of around 50 workstations, for one of my clients. The only machines with Office 2007 are the new machines. There are 5 total now. Otherwise we are still using Office 2003. This is mostly due to applications that were designed in 2003 that don't quite work 100% in the new version. Also, there isn't enough difference to warrant an upgrade, specially as expensive as Office is.
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:04 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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I work for a government office large enough to have Enterprise licenses. We switched our own machines to 2007 about the beginning of 2008. All new installs have had it since then. Most people don't like it. The complaints are primarily about the user interface. The functionality differences between Access 2003 and Access 2007 are noticable. If you use Access, you should change all users over at the same time.
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Lemon Grove, CA USA
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Yeah Access is my reason for holding out mainly as we have many apps built in 2003 that act strangely in 2007. Everything seems to work and according to all documentation should work but debugs out in the weirdest places. Doesn't even make sense stepping through it. As it is I'm having to rework code blindly using trial and error as the new machines are deploying with it.

Also, the massive UI changes and work flow changes without a classic option wasn't well thought out. To expect an office (even one as small as some of the ones I manage) to roll over to something that new with no safety net is crazy.
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:53 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Access 2007 used SQL Server as the underlying database engine, making it quite a bit different from previous versions. Not being an Access user, I may have just told you all I know about it.
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Lemon Grove, CA USA
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LOL it can still use file based databases. They did something funky to the VBA though (the script language you can use to build functionallity into all the Office applications). It is minor but invasive what ever it is. Everything looks right but doing a few key things no longer works like it should.
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:33 PM
 
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Somewhere in a previous thread was a link to a site that let you pick a task or menu item from an Office 2003 screen and it then showed where to find the equivalent in 2007. I'll try to find it or the link.

Let's see if i can do this right:

Office 2003 to office 2007 interactive Menu Finder

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Old 05-04-2009, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Wouldn't you like to know?
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I am still using Lotus Notes.....
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Old 05-06-2009, 01:12 AM
 
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Suggestion: go Open Source and your company will save millions in fees to M$. The EU is totally Open Source. Open Office acts and behaves like MS Office.

99.9% of the WWW runs Apache Web Server, including the MySQL/PHP running City Data - think LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Phython/PERL).

I know in my Web design firm, there will be no M$.
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Old 05-06-2009, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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We just made the switch a couple weeks ago at my work, the hardest part is getting used to the interface.

Other than that i have noticed differences in Access, mainly 07 runs my automation scripts WAY slower than 03, and also some of my Macros that worked in 03 dont work in 07.
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