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Microsoft Office 2007 Overview

As I'm sure you have noticed, Microsoft updates their Windows operating system every so often to offer new security, performance and other features to Windows users. They also do the same for their Office suite of products. For 2007 they totally redesigned Office to make it easier for the end user to find and use the tools they need to accomplish their tasks. The new Office 2007 design goal is for the new user interface is to make it easier for people to find and use the full range of features the applications provide. It is also designed to preserve an uncluttered workspace that reduces distraction for users. Although many like the new Office interface, there are many who prefer the old way of doing things.

Office 2007 offers many new features:

The Ribbon
The traditional menus and toolbars have been replaced by the Ribbon, a new device that presents commands organized into a set of tabs. The tabs on the Ribbon display the commands that are most relevant for each of the task areas in the applications. This tends to be the biggest change with the Office software and the one that takes the most getting used to. Apparently its a love it or hate it type of change.

 

The Microsoft Office Button
The new user Office interface brings together the capabilities of the Office system into a single entry point in the user interface, the Microsoft Office Button. The Microsoft Office button helps users find these valuable features and simplifies the core authoring scenarios by allowing the Ribbon to focus on creating great documents.

 

Contextual Tabs
Contextual tabs only appear when they are needed and make it much easier to find and use the commands needed for the operation at hand. Contextual tabs bring needed functionality to the user's attention at the most appropriate time.

 

Galleries
Galleries provide users with a set of clear results to choose from when working on their document, spreadsheet, presentation, or Access database. Galleries simplify many operations by presenting a set of results that users can simply select to achieve the desired results.

Live Preview
Live Preview shows the results of applying an editing or formatting change as the user moves the pointer over the results presented in a Gallery. This new, dynamic capability streamlines the process of laying out, editing, and formatting so users can create excellent results with less time and effort.

Mini Toolbar
The Mini toolbar pops up near the selected text whenever some text is selected and provides easy access to most used formatting commands. When the mouse pointer is away from it, the toolbar becomes semi-transparent but when the mouse pointer moves over it, it becomes ready for use.

Themes and Quick Styles
Document Theme defines the colors, fonts and graphic effects for a document. Almost everything that can be inserted into a document is automatically styled to match the overall document theme creating a consistent document design.

 

Office 2007 Versions

As before, there will be many different Office suites to choose from so you can get the tools you need all in one place. Here is an overview of the new versions and what they include.

Office Home and Student 2007
Office Home and Student 2007 provides software essentials that enable you to easily create great looking documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, and manage your notes.

  • Excel 2007
  • OneNote 2007
  • PowerPoint 2007
  • Word 2007

Office Standard 2007
Office Standard 2007 gives homes and small businesses the software essentials they need to get tasks done quickly and easily.

  • Excel 2007
  • Outlook 2007
  • PowerPoint 2007
  • Word 2007

Office Small Business 2007
Work more efficiently, manage customer and contact information in one place, and produce professional quality marketing materials and campaigns in-house.

  • Excel 2007
  • Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager
  • PowerPoint 2007
  • Publisher 2007
  • Word 2007

Office Professional Plus
2007Office Professional Plus 2007 is a comprehensive set of business productivity applications that helps your organization succeed by making it easier to more effectively manage, analyze and share information.

  • Access 2007
  • Communicator 2007
  • Excel 2007
  • InfoPath 2007
  • Outlook 2007
  • PowerPoint 2007
  • Publisher 2007
  • Word 2007

Office Enterprise 2007
Tools for teams to collect, consolidate, organize, access, and share critical information across geographic or organizational boundaries, whether online or offline.

  • Access 2007
  • Communicator 2007
  • Excel 2007
  • Groove 2007
  • InfoPath 2007
  • OneNote 2007
  • Outlook 2007
  • PowerPoint 2007
  • Publisher 2007
  • Word 2007

Office Ultimate 2007
Office Ultimate 2007 is a comprehensive toolset for people at home or work that must share and work with information across geographical or organizational boundaries.

  • Access 2007
  • Excel 2007
  • InfoPath 2007
  • Groove 2007
  • OneNote 2007
  • Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager
  • PowerPoint 2007
  • Publisher 2007
  • Word 2007

 

Related Tips:
Office 2007 Service Pack 1
Creating a Web Page with Microsoft Publisher 2007
Microsoft Office Groove 2007 Overview
Online Office 2003 and 2007 Demos

Microsoft Office 2007 Compatibility Pack

 

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