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Office 2007 and Windows Vista

Office 2007 and Windows Vista
  Technology with Integrity

By Tim Torian, Torian Group, Inc. 


Office 2007 and Windows Vista are coming preloaded on new computers. You can no longer purchase retail copies of Office 2003, and it will be difficult to purchase a computer with Windows XP by the end of this year.  What does this mean for you?

Windows Vista is the latest version of Microsoft’s desktop operating system. It is intended to replace windows XP. It comes in 4 main versions: Vista Home, Vista Home Premium, Vista Business, and Vista Enterprise. The Home editions are not designed to work with a networked server. Home premium replaces Windows XP Media Center – it has features for recording and watching TV, making DVD’s etc.  Vista Business replaces Windows XP Pro, Vista Enterprise add multimedia features to Vista Business. 

Windows Vista has significantly enhanced security, and one of the effects of this is that hardware vendors need to write new drivers for their parts. Hardware that worked with windows XP will not work with Vista unless it has a driver written for it. Software that worked with XP may not work properly with Vista.  For home, make sure you have Vista drivers before upgrading, including your printer. For business, test all your software. In general, the time to adopt Vista will most likely be when replacing your computer with a new one.  Vista is stable, a little faster than XP overall, very cool looking, and requires a powerful computer with lots of memory (at least 2GB Ram, 256 MB Video).  Do not try to use XP or Vista home Editions on a network.  Home Edition is typically what comes on a computer from the local office supply store.

Microsoft Office 2007 uses a new file format for Word and Excel. You can save in the old format, or you can download a free add-in for earlier versions to read and save in the new format.

As you probably know, the user interface has changed, using a “ribbon bar” instead of the menu for most functions. It takes a little getting used to – plan on providing training to your staff when you make the change.

Photos: Microsoft Office 2007 beta 1

                               Microsoft Office Word Ribbon bar

Outlook 2007 has some serious performance problems. It can sometimes take 10 or 20 seconds to open emails, and some people have had to wait hours for it to repair the message store. I recommend not using it till the bugs are worked out.

Microsoft Office licensing allows you to install an additional copy of Office on a home or laptop computer if you are the only one using both. You can purchase Office 2007 and install Office 2003 if it is purchased OEM (comes with the computer) or through volume licensing. This option is not available if you buy it in a retail box.  Non profits and students can get substantial discounts.

More on Vista: www.winsupersite.com/vista
More on Office www.office.microsoft.com
MS Office Licensing: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/suites/FX101678741033.aspx

Tim Torian has taught computer networking at the College of Sequoias and Cal Poly Extension. He has a BS in Computer Science, and has been consulting on computer networking for the past 30 Years. His industry certifications include: Cisco CCNA and CCNI, Microsoft MCSE. He was recognized as Entrepreneur of the year for 2008 by the Tulare County EDC. He is president of Torian Group, Inc. which provides a full range of Technology Consulting services to local business, including computer services, networking, web and custom software development. www.toriangroup.com


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