I am still in trial mode on Office 2007 but I know I am buying this one as soon as possible. As I noted earlier, you can blog post right from Word. But there is more. The menus are now tabs and very intuitive; should I say ‘Mac like.’ If you want to do something you can just think about where a reasonable person might put it and you get to the right answer.
I think that I am in love with this upgrade. You can tell by the little love heart off to the side. But there is reason underlying my madness.
First, there are the fonts. They are smooth and very easy on the eye. This is not something one normally thinks about but once you see it, it makes it hard to look at anything else.
Second, the equation editor is wonderful. You can edit on the page and the formulae look very TeX like. I can still open my old Mathtype equations and insert them but there appears to be no automatic numbering system (so that might be an issue). So there may be a trade-off for a little while there.
Third, if you have a nice big widescreen monitor – as I do – you can now utilise that efficiently. One click gets you two pages to the screen. If you are working with multiple documents, one click gets them side by side. Very very easy with no fiddly re-sizing of windows.
Fourth, in PowerPoint, you can change the slide design using any previous PowerPoint. So you don’t have to save things as templates. You can just adopt a nice design. What is more, previewing these is a breeze.
Also on PowerPoint, the presentation view is terrific. On your laptop, you can see speaker’s notes as well the slides that have gone and are going to come. I haven’t tried animations yet to see how that works.
Finally, everything is really quick. Functions in Office that took a second to load, now take no time at all. It makes things very easy to use.
We have loaded Office up on a Mac using Parallels but it is a bit slow. Hopefully that is just one setting.