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Prepping for Office 2010

There are several kinds of Office users: those that refuse to budge from the older versions with the older interface, those that moved to 2007 and like the ribbon...and those that moved to 2007 and don't like the ribbon. Then there's me. I found the ribbon easier to learn than I anticipated, but am still sometimes befuddled as to how to perform basic functions -- just like Office 2003!

When it comes to migration, there are also several kinds of users. Some may still refuse to budge from the older versions with the older interface. Others on these older versions may decide that Office 2003 is too old and jump to 2010. Ribbon lovers likewise fall into a couple of categories. Many believe the big advance was 2007 itself. Power users may upgrade to get the latest and greatest features.

My 2007 upgrade was pretty simple. I set Word up to save in the 2003 format so I don't spit out .DOCX files that most can't read. Corporations with custom apps, lots of VBA scripts and more files don't have it so easy. Microsoft hopes to help with a set of compatibility tools: the Office Migration Planning Manager. The company is confident that overall compatibility is good, that files are more or less interchangeable, and that VBA scripts will work.

Have you taken a look at 2010? What's your Office upgrade strategy? Fire up Word Version Whatever and write me a note at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on November 02, 2009 at 11:53 AM


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