Monday, September 07, 2009

Office 2007 – Ramblings of a novice


Office 2007 – Ramblings of a novice

Today I went through some Microsoft Word 2007 tutorials from Microsoft Website. They were just awesome. For the first time in my life, I could envisage the work that goes into making a project like Office 2007 successful.

The sheer idea of Office 2007 is revolutionary in nature. Maybe not the back end, but the user interface definitely is a complete revamp. It's a complete makeover of the Office 2003 interface. For a moment, I was taken aback by the beauty of the Ribbon (a feature in Office 2007) and the intuitive interface.

I think the team who made this possible really need to be congratulated. It's such an awesome work that they have done. From Microsoft's point of view it's a departure from their standard image of being a Aggressive marketing company and releasing products with bugs.

There are all those complaints about Microsoft, but for a moment imagine the sheer amount of work that goes in into building such products. There is no such thing as a perfect thing, so we all live on betas perpetually.

I think we need to thank Microsoft's team for whatever little they have accomplished. (And I think they have released some awesome products, which is the very reason why their products are so popular). For the time being let's remove our spectacled vision from the cons to the pros – a decent product; just wish it were free.

One thing that people do not want is having to pay for those features which are not used. Well that was the old model of Microsoft. The next version of Office would be on the Cloud and will be offered as Software as a Service (SaaS). Google, are you listening ?




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