Reinventing the Office? Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the 2007 Microsoft Office System…

…But Were Afraid to Ask

We’re pleased to announce a new report, Microsoft’s 2007 Office System: Should My Organization Upgrade?, the first in-depth look at the new 2007 Microsoft Office system, which consists of new and redesigned applications and servers for word processing, spreadsheets, instant messaging, e-mail, mobile work, meetings, content management, online conferencing, and collaborative workspaces.

With the 2007 Microsoft Office system, Microsoft is releasing dozens of new and redesigned applications and servers.  This is a very comprehensive and well thought-out platform but we don’t recommend rushing into an upgrade today.  Depending on the organization, the minuses may outweigh the pluses.

The 2007 Microsoft Office system is so different that it should be considered a new product in many respects, not merely an upgrade, especially given extensive training requirements for the new user interface.  The report evaluates all 2007 Office system products and servers, including the Microsoft Office 2007 suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, among others), Microsoft Office Communicator 2007, Microsoft Office OneNote 2003, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Microsoft Office Groove 2007, Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, and Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007.

A few issues managers should consider include:
- Not all components have to be deployed but most organizations will probably need to deploy more than just one or two.
- How do these tools enhance organization-wide productivity?
- What productivity gains will you see?
- What are the various Office 2007 editions, and which components are included in each?
- What do you need to know about XML since documents are now XML based?

This report is available to Basex:TechWatch readers at the special introductory price of $495 at  A free executive summary is also available.

David M. Goldes is the president of Basex.

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