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Office 2007 Beta 2 available for test...

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by Spit, 24 May 2006.

  1. Spit

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    http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=2494

    Anyone else tried this?

    I have just downloaded it and installing.

    When I tried onenote 2007 tho it just crashes the moment I click the install file. It says installation failed even tho its 1 second in. Wonder if its a dodgy file.
     
  2. benjo plz.

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    Kewl :D

    /upgrades from Beta 1 :p.
     
  3. Ricochet J

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    I don't understand. I really don't. Microsoft Office XP works beautifully, flawlessly infact. And for customers, you can even buy it for dirt cheap. So why would customers want to buy Office 2007 for a much higher price with just eye candy turned on?

    Not that i'm slating it or anything, i'm just curious as Microsoft seem to realease an Office version every year.
     
  4. NathanE

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    One word: Productivity. Companies all over the world pay big big bucks to improve it.
     
  5. Energize

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    I find office xp awful compared to 2003.
     
  6. PinkPig

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    It's not exactly every year when Office 2003 is followed by Office 2007! Remember that you say that about Office XP when not all that long ago people were saying much the same about Office '95 - these things always change with time.

    Having said that I'm not too convinced by the new interface - perhaps I'll get used to it.
     
  7. Sp00n

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    Wholehartedly agree.
     
  8. Datamonkey

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    having fun trying to activate it here at work on a test machine,

    just comes back saying it cannot connect lol.

    Weird one.

    I like the look of it.
     
  9. bledd

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    was thinking the same thing!

    i hope they make an option to turn off fading options in 2007, i'd prefer it if you could load word and excel up in less than half a second to having nice looking features
     
  10. benjo plz.

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    same here :\.
     
  11. Shackley

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    Perhaps they would be better off paying big, big bucks improving productivity in some other way. I doubt that many companies are going to see massive (if any) improvements in productivity by moving from Office 2003 to Office 2007. They will incur training costs and a resulting drop in productivity - if they bother with training !

    Eventually Microsoft will stop supplying 2003 and *then* Companies all over the world will pay big, big bucks replacing all their copies of Office 2003 just to maintain consistency.

    Another factor will be 'unavoidable' incomatabilities between components of Office 2003 & Office 2007. When they have to transfer files with their suppliers / customers, these incompatabilities will start to cause problems.

    Office 2007 is a marketing exercise to maintain a revenue stream - nothing else.
     
  12. NathanE

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    I didn't say otherwise ;) I was just giving the reason why Microsoft continues to release new versions... because it sells.
     
  13. Datamonkey

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    so if you were in the same boots, you wouldnt want to publish a new version of a particular app, to keep making money?

    I know i would, makes good business sence.
     
  14. Kainz

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    Office 97 f t w! \:D/
     
  15. Nikolic

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    Won't let me activate either....

    I think the whole new design is going to take a bit of getting used to. I've used Office 2000 for ages...
     
  16. kaycee

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    Anyone got it to activate ? or is it a ploy so we get to try it for a while and then have to uninstall it ?
     
  17. benjo plz.

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    Could be that their activation server has a problem *shrug*.
     
  18. sparkymark75

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  20. sparkymark75

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    It's already mentioned in that thread that the authorization servers are slow. ;)