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First Experience with CrossOver Linux

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| One application in particular that I've never been able to see running under
| Wine can be seen in the below image. Whenever I've tried to install Office
| 2007 in the past, with a standard Wine install, the setup process would error
| out before it could finish. Not here, and as you can see, both Excel and Word
| look great.


Microsoft Office is no excuse to avoiding GNU/Linux.


Benchmarking Microsoft Word 95 through Word 2007

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| Despite all the tweaks, tricks, hacks, and clever engineering, Microsoft's
| latest version of Word is a step back in performance. That's generally true
| of every new major release of any software. That's Wirth's Law. When Windows
| 95 came out, people joking exaggeratedly that "95" was the number of floppies
| Windows 95 shipped on. Though Windows 95 actually shipped on many fewer
| floppies, the point is that Windows 95 was a huge, slower beast compared to
| its predecessors. (Does anyone remember Windows 3.1, OS/2 Warp, and
| DESQview?) There were similar complaints for XP, and Vista's performance was
| the subject of the infamous "Vista Capable" class action lawsuit against
| Microsoft.



Connected: Microsoft Office 2003 better than Office 2007

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| A review of Office 2007 could be considered doomed from the start. Its
| predecessor, Office 2003, is one of the best products Microsoft ever created;
| so the bar is raised high. After a year of using the newer product, I still
| see some features that are better than the older version; but on the whole,
| I'd rather be using Office 2003. * *


Partners Fix Up Office 2007 and Windows Vista

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| On Friday, Addintools, based in Hai-nan, China released Classic Menu for
| Office 2007, after more than six months of beta testing. The user interface
| enhancement does what Office 2007 can't: Revert to the Office 2003 look and
| feel. *


Why Microsoft's ribbon sucks

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| Bottom line, I have a lot of respect for Microsoft and many of the
| outstanding people that work there (e.g. Bill Buxton).
| But the new ribbon sucks.
| I've been using it daily for months (Word, Powerpoint, Excel), and I
| consistently stumble on the same functions over and over again. I doubt I
| will ever master it. And I'm an interface designer! *


Bold Redesign Improves Office 2007 But Learning Curve May Be Too Steep for
Some Users

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| "it requires a steep learning curve that many people might rather avoid.
| In my own tests, I was cursing the program for weeks"


Office 2007 may be Microsoft's Titanic: former Government IT boss

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| Bill Gates has been talking up Office 2007 ahead of its business launch
| on November 30. However, the recently departed deputy CIO of one of
| Australia's biggest government Microsoft sites believes introducing
| the new version of Microsoft Office may be the company's biggest
| ever disaster.


Question: why do I need to upgrade to Office 2007?

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| Much has been said and written about Microsoft's "bold", "gutsy",
| and "innovative" initiative of releasing Office 2007, an office
| productivity suite with a totally new user interface. However, the
| question that is bound to be on the lips of every user will be: "why
| do I need to upgrade?" Microsoft doesn't really have a good answer.
| [...]
| Microsoft, however, claims to have come up with something better
| and more intuitive - the Ribbon. Such a claim begs the question:
| "If the new user interface of Office 2007 is so intuitive, why does
| it have a learning curve?" And it does have a learning curve - a
| very steep learning curve.


Office 2007 Review: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back - Part 1

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| I've been using Office 2007 for a couple of weeks and I'm convinced
| that Microsoft missed an opportunity to change the way we relate to
| software by taking one step toward radical change, but ultimately
| failing when it came to implementation.

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