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“Huh!?” – that’s how I reacted when I first started a Word 2007 instance early this week. Now, as you can see (from the image below) the reaction was a combination of both surprise and… more surprise.

Here are some surprises (All Pleasant ones)

Where did my Menu’s go? That's Gone! Yadda! Zip! Choo! Gone! Just Like That! At least in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. The Ribbon (which is like a really cool tabbed menu) is a pleasant experience to work with. Outlook (which has tons of new features) still has the old menu type navigation.

Smart Tabs In Ribbon -  It looked like the ribbon had all picture related menu’s missing! Then I inserted a picture and a Format Tab just magically showed up! Sweet! Way better than disabling and enabling Menus.

My Office 2003 Shortcuts still work – I discovered this out of my instinct to press ALT + T + O to go into word options. Even though no tool  menu existed Word Very Smartly asked me to “Continue typing the Office 2003 menu key sequence”

Outlook search is Real Time and Way Cooler – outlook comes  with a REALLY Cool MSN Search that searches my indexed emails (full header and messages) real time as I type.  

Quick Launch bars – the items next to the office button – these is VERY Intelligent use of title bar.

Microsoft Office Button -  The Office Button at the top left corresponded to File Menu on Steroids. This thing has tons of new features like the ability to blog using Microsoft word and create shared workspaces.

The Dam thing is skin-able – all I can say is… “at last!”

I would type more but my tired fingers won’t let me… Let’s just say I am on 2007 Beta and wouldn’t mind using it as my Primary Office application. It’s fairly stable and Worth a try!!

Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 10:59 AM Reviews | Back to top


Comments on this post: Office 2007, The New Interface - Ahh! So That's what they've Been Hiding!

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New Interface - Looks real pretty !
Left by Kim on Jul 13, 2006 2:48 AM

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sure does. and the features are awesome too. there are some issues but I've moved and would never go back to 2003 :)
Left by rajiv popat on Jul 13, 2006 3:55 AM

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