I got an email last week saying I could upgrade to Office 2007 if I so desired. So for those of you who work for a living and use 2007 is the upgrade worth it? I know it has a new UI but was just wondering if there were enough new features to prompt an upgrade.
Is there also a performance hit when running Office 2007, particularly Outlook?
It's mostly subjective, but personally I really like the new Office. In particular, I'm grooving on Outlook 2007. Performance seems to be a little better for a few things in outlook, though some of the new features are what have me sold.
There's a To-Do Bar that accomplishes everything "Outlook Today" was intended to, but in a much more convenient side bar. I live and die by "Search Folders" (hardly ever delete e-mail, and always leave it sitting in the Inbox, but despite that I have e-mail
handily filed away under folders, often in multiple folders at once), and they seem to function quicker in the new version. "Instant Search" is very helpful. The RSS feeds turned out to be extremely handy for a lot of internal blogs. Categories have been
updated to be more in your face and easier to use, including nice color coding. Combine that with search folders and it becomes easy to file e-mail away with out having to "break" the whole Search Folder paradigm. Because of the Ribbon interface in e-mail,
I've had to relearn some keystrokes, which was a minor pain point, but over all, I'm loving it.
For Word, the new Ribbon interface can take some getting used to, but honestly, it's a lot easier to use than the old cascading menus. Otherwise, I don't use it often enough for anything beyond the standard business documentation creation to have noticed any
new features worth mentioning. And I don't use Excel often enough to have even had a reason to open it yet.