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I just got a new Dell dual-core running Windows 7 (thanks to my IT guy, Erik!). So far, Windows 7 is working extraordinarily well, though I haven't moved over all my old apps or connected to all the printers I use.

Office 2007 is a different story. I opened Word looking for the basics. You know -- creating a doc, opening a doc, saving a doc. I couldn't find the commands anywhere. Turns out I had to configure the darn thing so these were exposed. It felt bizarre. I'll see if Word 2007 gets more normal the more I use it.

This drastically new interface is one reason enterprises are holding off on upgrades. A sour economy is another, or so says Forrester Research. Just as many shops are skipping Vista and moving to Windows 7, IT folks are also skipping Office 2007 and waiting for Office 2010.

The good news for Microsoft? There's no wholesale move to OpenOffice, even though it's free.

Posted by Doug Barney on June 10, 2009 at 11:53 AM


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