Rather than piling on more features-Word 2003 alone had some 1,500 commands-Microsoft attempted to better show off functions that already existed.
However, settle into your chair if you're curious about the fine print.
Office 2007 does offer complex features that you can't yet find elsewhere.
Professionals who want to to impress clients and co-workers with attractive reports, charts, and slide shows will find this a worthy upgrade.
For a side-by-side comparison chart of Microsoft Office 2007 editions, click here.
We spent 40 minutes just skimming the symphonic 10,379-word End User License Agreement and stopped before we could understand it all.
At the same time, however, the "intelligent" shape-shifting may bewilder those who don't realize that they must click a style to apply a formatting change.
From that point on, loading the Office suite onto our hard drive took 15 minutes flat.
Oddly, despite its bevy of Windows Live and Office Live services, Microsoft chose not to build a bridge to the Web for all Office users.
Luckily, keyboard shortcuts remain the same; just press ALT at any time to see tiny "badges" that label the quick keys for the Ribbon's commands.
Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 can produce more-polished documents and presentations, and Outlook's new scheduling abilities make it a handier communications hub.
For instance, the dictionary and thesaurus in Word are under the Review tab, not References near the footnote and bibliography buttons.
To some extent, the Ribbon meets this goal, as it's easier to find Conditional Formatting in Excel, among other sophisticated tools.
Get Windows 10 help Windows XP support has ended.
At a minimum, you'll need to have Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 or Windows XP SP2 on a 500MHz processor with 256MB of RAM (512MB or more for Outlook with Business Contact Manager, which comes in the Small Business, Professional, and Ultimate editions).
However, of course, this rules out those still using older versions of Windows.
Setup Breezing through the options, our fastest installation of Microsoft Office Standard 2007 took no more than 20 minutes on a Windows XP computer.
For instance, the Picture Tools Format tab only shows up when you click on an image.
In the end, we installed everything available.
By that, we mean that there's a strong emphasis on making documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
Integration among the applications isn't as thorough as we'd hoped, and there's no one-click way to collaborate with others on an edit without buying Microsoft's Groove online collaboration tool or working within a server setting.