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Microsoft Office 2007


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Microsoft Office 2007 (officially called 2007 Microsoft Office system) is the most recent version of Microsoft's productivity suite. Formerly known as Office "12" in the initial stages of its beta cycle, it was released to volume license customers on November 30, 2006[1] and made available to retail customers on January 30, 2007. These are, respectively, the same dates Windows Vista was released to volume licensing and retail customers. Office 2007 contains a number of new features, the most notable of which is the entirely new graphical user interface called the Fluent User Interface[2] (initially referred to as the Ribbon UI), replacing the menus and toolbars that have been the cornerstone of Office since its inception. Office 2007 requires Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1, or Windows Vista.[3]

Office 2007 also includes new applications and server-side tools. Chief among these is Groove, a collaboration and communication suite for smaller businesses, which was originally developed by Groove Networks before being acquired by Microsoft in 2005. Also included is Office SharePoint Server 2007, a major revision to the server platform for Office applications, which supports "Excel Services", a client-server architecture for supporting Excel workbooks that are shared in real time between multiple machines, and are also viewable and editable through a web page.

Microsoft FrontPage has been removed from the Office suite entirely. It has been replaced by Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer, which is aimed towards development of SharePoint portals. Its designer-oriented counterpart Microsoft Expression Web is targeted for general web development. However, neither application is included in any of the Office suites. Also, since speech recognition and handwriting recognition are now part of Windows Vista, speech and ink components have been removed from Office 2007.[4][5] Handwriting and speech recognition work with Office 2007 only on Windows Vista or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.



[edit] Development

The first beta of Microsoft Office 2007, referred to as Beta-1 in emails sent to a limited number of testers, was released on November 16, 2005. The Beta-1 Technical Refresh was released to testers on March 13, 2006. The Technical Refresh fixed issues in installing with Windows Vista build 5308. Office 2007 Beta 2 was announced by Bill Gates at WinHEC 2006, and was initially released to the public at no cost from Microsoft's web site. However, because of an unprecedented number of downloads, a fee of $1.50 was introduced for each product downloaded after August 2, 2006. The beta was updated on September 14, 2006 in Beta 2 Technical Refresh (Beta2TR). It included an updated user interface, better accessibility support, improvements in the robustness of the platform, and greater functionality. The beta versions continued to function in a reduced functionality mode after February 1, 2007. If users downloaded the Technical Refresh to update Beta 2, then users could use its full functionality until March 31, 2007 for client products and May 15, 2007 for server products. The Beta program ended on November 8, 2006, when Microsoft declared the product "Released to Manufacturing" (RTM) and started manufacturing the final product. After RTM, the availability of the beta download ended. Office 2007 was released to volume licensing customers on November 30, 2006, and to the general public on January 30, 2007.

[edit] Service Pack 1

Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 1 was released on the December 11, 2007. Microsoft published a list of changes.[6] Official documentation has shown that SP1 is not simply a rollup of publicly released patches, but it also contains fixes for 455 total issues throughout the entire Office suite.[7]

[edit] Editions

Office 2007 Professional retail box

The 2007 Microsoft Office system is distributed in eight editions (Feature comparison):

Microsoft Office 2007 System Editions



Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007

Retail only

Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007

Volume license only

Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007

Volume license only

Microsoft Office Professional 2007

Retail / OEM

Microsoft Office Small Business 2007

Retail / OEM / Volume license

Microsoft Office Standard 2007

Retail / OEM / Volume license

Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007

Retail / OEM

Microsoft Office Basic 2007

OEM only



    Non-commercial banner in Microsoft Word 2007

    [edit] New features

    [edit] User interface

    The new result-oriented user interface (UI), officially known as Microsoft Office Fluent,[8][9] is featured in the core Microsoft Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and the item inspector used to create or edit individual items in Outlook. These applications have been selected for the UI overhaul because they center around document authoring[10] and present a multitude of options to the same regard. The rest of the applications in the suite will also be upgraded to the new UI in subsequent versions.[11] According to Microsoft, the new UI centers on the principle of helping people focus on what they want to do, rather than bothering with the details of how to do it. The default font used in this edition is Calibri.

    [edit] The Office button

    Office Button

    The Office 2007 button, located on the top-left of the window, replaces the File menu and provides access to functionality common across all Office applications, including but not limited to opening, saving, printing, and sharing a file. Users can also choose color schemes for the interface.

    [edit] Ribbon

    The Ribbon, a panel that houses the command buttons and icons, organizes commands as a set of Tabs, each grouping relevant commands. Each application has a different set of tabs which expose the functionality that application offers. For example, while Excel has a tab for the Graphing capabilities, Word does not feature the same; instead it has tabs to control the formatting of a text document. Within each tab, various related options may be grouped together. The Ribbon is designed to make the features of the application more discoverable and accessible with fewer mouse clicks[12] as compared to the menu-based UI used until Office 2007.

    Ribbon in Microsoft PowerPoint 2007

    [edit] Contextual Tabs

    Some tabs, called Contextual Tabs, appear only when certain objects are selected. Contextual Tabs expose functionality specific only to the object with focus. For example, selecting a picture brings up the Pictures tab, which presents options for dealing with the picture. Similarly, focusing on a table exposes table-related options in a specific tab. Contextual Tabs remain hidden when the object it works on are not selected.

    [edit] Live Preview

    Microsoft Office 2007 also introduces a feature called "Live Preview", which temporarily applies formatting on the focused text or object when any formatting button is moused-over. The temporary formatting is removed when the mouse pointer is moved from the button. This allows users to have a preview of how the option would affect the appearance of the object, without actually applying it.

    [edit] Mini Toolbar

    The new "Mini Toolbar" is a type of context menu that is automatically shown (by default) when text is selected. The purpose of this feature is to provide easy access to the most-used formatting commands without requiring a right-mouse-button click, as was necessary in older versions of the software. Because the Mini Toolbar is automatically displayed, it remains semi-transparent until the mouse pointer is situated on the control in order to allow an almost-unobstructed view of what is beneath it. It also appears above the right-click menu when a user right-clicks on a selection of words.

    [edit] Other UI features

  1. ^ Lasky, Michael. "Office Beta: Good Looks, Tricky Formats" PC World (August 2006), p. 24
  2. ^ Mendelson, Edward. "MS Office Edges Closer", PC Magazine, Vol. 25, Issue 12 (July, 2006) p. 48
  3. ^ Luhn, Robert. "Get Ready to Work With Office 2007's New Formats" PC World, Vol. 25, Issue 4 (April 2007) p. 132.
  4. [edit] External links

    [edit] Microsoft


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