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the New Office, Better Than the Old Office

February 7, 2007

Yesterday afternoon, I had to attend a mandatory, hour and a half "Introduction to Microsoft Office 2007".  I was, suffice to say, less than enthusiastic.  After using Office on a near daily basis for the last, oh, twelve years, I felt I was pretty well acquainted with the software.  The last thing I needed was to waste an hour and a half having someone show me how to open files and put text into italics.

How wrong I was.

Office 2007 isn’t another minor upgrade, a la Office 2003.  It is a ground up redesign, on the level of the changeover from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95, or from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X.

What’s more, it kicks ass.

As amazing as it seems, you can tell within five seconds that Microsoft actually put thought into the user interface.  It doesn’t even look like a Microsoft product, but rather something you’d expect to see coming out of Apple.  Nor is it mere glitz.  The new interface is 5,000% more intuitive, even when it comes to handling more advanced functions.

But the craziest thing?  Somehow, Office 2007 has managed to make using Powerpoint a fun, entertaining experience.  I didn’t think such a thing was even possible.  But, well, you learn something new every day.

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