I do not plan to be a guinea pig for Microsoft’s release of its new Vista operating system. Even though I have already read one review in which a Mac user is switching to a PC in order to use Vista (Gasp!), I will not be drinking the Kool-Aid any time soon. As with all Windows operating systems, it will take a couple of years to get all the bugs worked out. I don’t have time for that.
The new Office suite, however, is a different story. I have been using the Office 2007 software for the last couple of weeks, and I think it’s outstanding. Two new Office features have already revolutionized the way I use my PC: (1) the blogging feature in Word and (2) the RSS capability in Outlook.
First, Word 2007 allows you to write blogs in your word processor. Blog posts can be composed, edited, and published directly from Word. For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been writing my blog posts in Word and then hitting the “Publish” button. Even after a blog has been published, I can edit it in Word, hit “publish” again, and Word automatically revises what was previously posted. This feature has made blogging much more efficient. (Another helpful new feature on Word 2007 allows you to publish any Word file as a PDF).
Second, Outlook 2007 has a feed reader that automatically downloads RSS (Really Simple Syndication) material directly to Outlook in the form of e-mails. I no longer have to browse twenty different websites in order to check for new content on my favorite blogs and news websites. Once I set up the RSS feed, the information comes to me.
For a full review of Office 2007, I highly recommend Gary Krakow’s, “Office 2007: A revolutionary revision.”
Recommendation: Wait for a while before upgrading to the Vista operating system. Don’t be a guinea pig. Upgrade to Office 2007 as soon as possible. It’s great.