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#1 manzoor  Icon User is offline

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 11:23 AM

can y'all tell me the difference b/w office 2003 and 2007
which ones better ? easy ? buggy ? which one eats more resources ???
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Posted 30 May 2008 - 11:49 AM

Well word 2007 closes with an error everytime I close it with a document open. It also has an error every time I change screen resolutions.

Although I sort of like the new menu interface I find that I have a terrible time trying to figure out how to do anything in office 2007. I think the interface is ugly (especially if you stick with the default baby-blue).

On the other hand... it is more standards complaint. It is nice to be able to work with Office 2007 and Openoffice (I tend to move between Windows and Linux alot recently). I am sure that after a while I will get use to the interface. And my issue with word closing out on me all the time seem to be related to my laptop alone (on my home computer word runs fine).

So... well I think that Office 2007 is probably a better long term investment than 2003. Thats generally how it goes.
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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:36 PM

Also with Office 2003 there is a security patch that does not allow the computer to send an email from Access thru Outlook. Of course they fixed the issue in 2007, or so I have been told. I have a work around VB script that is called in Access to email around specific reports, others I just deal with it.

As to it closing on the laptop all the time, my mom doesn't have that problem, so it might be a hardware issue.
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Re: ms office

Posted 30 May 2008 - 08:04 PM

It's not from MS, and it's not a full office suite, but Abiword is a really nice word processor. Doesn't take up much ram or hard drive space (I run it off a flashdrive at school). :)

This is only slightly offtopic.
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Posted 31 May 2008 - 03:06 AM

might give Abiword a look

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 07:21 AM

and one thing I noticed is that new docx format for 2007 which doesn't open in 2003..
features wise I guess 2007 is better..
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Posted 31 May 2008 - 07:25 AM

I prefer Office 2007 over the other versions, now that I have gotten used to the Ribbon Bar. The navigation takes some getting used to, but as far as performance I don't see a real difference between 2003 and 2007.
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Posted 31 May 2008 - 09:21 AM

Considering most people in the world especially businesses are still using Office XP and 2000 even in some cases I would recommend avoiding 2007 like the plague.

Just a personal opinion and from experience dealing with fortune 500 companies.
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Re: ms office

Posted 31 May 2008 - 09:25 AM

View Postajaymatrix, on 31 May, 2008 - 10:21 AM, said:

and one thing I noticed is that new docx format for 2007 which doesn't open in 2003..
features wise I guess 2007 is better..


Big point here. Personally, I'd got with 2007 just because I like the UI and that it's the latest version, but if you're going to moving documents around to say your office that still is running 2003, be sure to save all your documents as a "Word 97-03" .doc file each time. DOCX is totally different, XML based if my memory is correct, and won't work with 2003.

As for using system resources, we are still talking about word processing... I wouldn't think that 2007 is something your machine can't handle, no matter how slow.
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Posted 31 May 2008 - 12:58 PM

ok im trying the 2007 trial

thanks for your opinions everyone
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Posted 01 June 2008 - 03:10 PM

View PostNykc, on 31 May, 2008 - 09:21 AM, said:

Considering most people in the world especially businesses are still using Office XP and 2000 even in some cases I would recommend avoiding 2007 like the plague.

Just a personal opinion and from experience dealing with fortune 500 companies.



I disagree. Office 2007 can read and write the earlier versions of office but the older versions of Office do not read the newer files. So you have versitility of talking to older or new software suits.

Secondly, the 2007 version seems to be catching on rather quickly. Of the last 10 companies I have dealings with all of them have been 2007. This is probably due to Sharepoint and the extensions to Outlook.

Basically, if you are trying to stay "in the current" of the business world it is best to go with the latest version since it will open the older versions files.

OpenOffice.org is a nice office suit and has a fair amount of compatibility with MS Office.
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Posted 03 June 2008 - 01:33 AM

Office 2007 is probably the best. The reason for the change from .doc to .docx is because 2007 creates an actual web file, thus the .doc(x) for xml. You can also download a free converter for 2003 and XP to read and edit documents created with 2007. You can also save documents to be compatible with the older flavors of office.

The only thing I dont like like about 2007 is that they removed my assistant from the desktop but I believe that after much protest, they might bring it back in the 2007 version. If your just learning office now, then definately go with 2007 because many people are lost when they upgrade.

I believe 2007 is also compatible with Apple versions but the earlier versions are not.
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Posted 03 June 2008 - 03:32 AM

I'm not going to tread on what has already been trod on (I think this exact statement was used by KYA previously), but I like 2007 so much better than 2003.

In 2007, you just have to look at the ribbon to do what you want to do. Those too lazy to look don't deserve to get their work done. :)
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 08:21 AM

I like 2007, compared to 2003 the interface it much more user-friendly and easier (imo) to find things I am looking for. I haven't had any problems with it unless I am running it on an XP machine, in which case it runs slow, and a LOT slower when attempting to use images (though this issue doesn't seem to be a problem with Vista).
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Posted 12 June 2008 - 12:46 PM

As a correction, there is a convertor for office 03 to read docx files. Also, you can save files normally (however with more advanced features certain issues arise but they are usually solved easily).
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