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Wondering Whether To Upgrade To Office 2007


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#1 reynald

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Posted 01 February 2008 - 09:01 PM

Amazonís got a sweet deal on the Office Professional upgrade right now -- $270, and you get $75 of that back in credit for future Amazon purchases. Iím considering making the jump, but Iíve heard some stories about slowness with Outlook 2007, though some were on early versions and I donít know if the problems were resolved. If I can expect a performance hit with Outlook 2007, that would be enough to kill the deal for me. Anyone have any advice either pro or con? Iím running XP, 3 GHz-Pentium 4, plenty of RAM & hard disk space.

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Posted 03 February 2008 - 12:22 AM

reynald, Microsoft offers a free trial of Office 2007. You might want to download and install the trial and take it for, well-a trial run. See how it works for you, then decide if you want to purchase it.
They offer 3 versions as a test drive. Didn't say how long the trial period is, but it won't take you long to decide if it's a keeper.

It can be downloaded from

http://us1.trymicrosoftoffice.com/default....p;culture=en-US

*edited to correct spelling*

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Posted 03 February 2008 - 12:20 PM

I have been using Office 2007 for a couple of months now, although I have not had any need to use Express. I like the application. There are quite a few nice features. I think the answer to your question might depend on your needs. Specifically, do you need to upgrade for any particular reason other than it is a good deal?

I’ve heard some stories about slowness with Outlook 2007

Most people that make those kind of complaints never substantiate them. When pressed, they are trying to run it on a machine with 512Mb of ram, or even if their system is beefy enough, they are running fifteen other programs that are memory hogs, and there still isn't sufficient memory to run it. I have it on my desktop, and it works fine. I have a pretty beefy desktop though. On my laptop, there is a bit of lag sometimes. I expect that though because I am aware of the capabilities of my laptop. On my wife's desktop, it runs ok, and it has substantially less resources than either of my machines. However, there are hardly any unnecessary applications running on it.

I’m running XP, 3 GHz-Pentium 4, plenty of RAM & hard disk space.

You have the system for it, but again, we don't know what other things you regularly have running, so it is hard to say yes or no. If your machine is running lean, then you will have no problems. If it is running a bunch of other stuff, then you will probably notice some lag from time to time, especially since you are only running a single core CPU.




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