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Old February 9, 2009, 06:56 AM
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Hey

I have that homework at school with office (2003-2007).
Thing is, I barely even use it. I don't know much about that software so I figured I could ask you guys what you think about it.

I need 10 pros and 10 cons.

The only pro I could think of is "You don't need to install it, it looks nice on a shelf"!

Thanks for the help guys!
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Old February 9, 2009, 07:11 AM
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I'm confused, are you looking for pros and cons of office, as compaired to what?

2003 vs 2007?
OpenOffice vs Office in general?
WordPerfect vs Word?

If your looking for pros and cons compared to nothing/wordpad/notepad, well then its not much of a comparison and would go something like this.

Pro: You can make spreadsheets and complex formulas(excel)
Con: It takes up HD Space

Seriously, what is the question, I can't make out what your saying.
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Old February 9, 2009, 07:45 AM
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The one con about the new office is that the file format is NOT compatible with older versions of office, so you need to be sure to save in the older format(which is not the default).

It does take some adjusting to get used ot the new interface, as the buttons are all in different places, but almost all the old button shortcuts work, if you use 'em.
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Old February 9, 2009, 08:01 AM
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The one con about the new office is that the file format is NOT compatible with older versions of office, so you need to be sure to save in the older format(which is not the default).
You can download a pack now to make the new files (.docx) compatible with old versions of Office. When you try to use an old version of MS office to open a .docx file it will prompt you to download the compatibility pack.
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Old February 9, 2009, 08:10 AM
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Yes, I know, but alot of the files I create get used in office environments where the yare not very quick to update machines. Many places will exstensively test software before installing new things, and updates are slow to rollout in the land of cubicles...


It's the only con I can come up with...
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Old February 9, 2009, 09:05 AM
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Personally I love 2007, I mean, yes, at first I hated it, but it quickly grows on you. Its SOO much better and easier to work with.
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Old February 9, 2009, 09:11 AM
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Office XP pro fan here The new stuff I found annoying, kinda like why I'm using XP still instead of vista...
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Old February 9, 2009, 09:17 AM
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AFAIC, OpenOffice is the way to go for the average home user who doesn't have access to a legal version of Office through a workplace/employee license. It does pretty well everything a person needs for personal use, and is able to open/save in MS Office format.

Why take a chance with a pirated version of office which won't get security updates when there's a fully functional free alternative?

As a casual user, the only issue I've ever had with OpenOffice was trying to port over presentation slides into powerpoint. Formatting of text in PP slides doesn't work well because the fonts aren't MS standard.
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Why take a chance with a pirated version of office which won't get security updates when there's a fully functional free alternative?
Why not just buy it?

I had to, outlook is just too comfortable, and when you're forced to use it at work, it's frustrating to have to "change modes" to use different software for the same tasks when you get home. I'm sure this same thing ensures alot of other people do the same...
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Old February 9, 2009, 09:29 AM
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Why not just buy it?
That or just keep all your VLK keys handy from your last job.
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