The other day I installed Microsoft Office 2007, the Home and Student version, purchased for about 150 $. I hadn’t upgraded since Office 97 because I’d never seen anything worthwhile in the more recent versions I’d worked with on other people’s computers.
However, I had experienced some file format compatibility problems with later versions, so this inexpensive deal persuaded me: Finally a Microsoft product at a price commensurate with its intrinsic value!
So what’s my first impression?
- Speed: lame, lamer, lamest. As usual, the best Wintel form of advertisement for buying a new computer with oodles of memory to make this penguin fly.
- Nothing’s where it used to be for reasons unknown and incomprehensible.
- In view of the gimmicky graphics this version is overloaded with, its predecessors were lean mean word crunching machines.
- Lots of new prefab design features that drive Microsoft nannyism to dizzying new heights.
- The Home and Student version constantly reminds me of what a cheapskate I am to have bought it by telling me about itself and its non-commercial purpose in the title bar.
Conclusion: Avoid if you can. Am I glad I still have WordPerfect for my creative writing.