Bad news from today's CNET reveiw as follows:
"...Drastic design changes demand a steep learning curve if you're upgrading; new interface isn't always intuitive; contextual tabs and style galleries can be distracting; users of Office 2000 through 2003 must install converters to open Office 2007 files... "
Since files are in a different format, this means you cannot send documents to people using earlier versions of Office unless they have installed the converter. I guess I will pass for now since I would no longer be able to email letters and Excel spread sheets without the risk of the recipient not being able to download them.
Does anyone disagree ?
Well, it was finally released today. I plan to buy the $149 home and student version of Office 2007. Can I keep office 2002 on my computer? Will the 2007 program easily access my existing WORD, Excel, and Powerpoint documents? I assume those that tried the later Beta versions would know this.
As points of interest: (1) People are still paying up to $150 for Office 2003 Standard Retail version on eBay and (2)The Microsoft website lets you download a complete version of Office 2007 for a free 60 day trial period so you can try before you buy in case you don't like the new interface.
Thanks in advance for any help or advice.