[Faccus] IST Encourages Adoption of Office 2007
jageorge at uwaterloo.ca
Mon Apr 9 11:33:32 EDT 2007
Dear UCIST colleagues,
Microsoft Office XP has been used extensively across campus for the
last 5 years in both the Faculties and the Academic Support
departments. Microsoft has released a new version called Office 2007
that offers improvements in usability, functionality, and security.
Office 2007 can be purchased for $85.00 a copy.
A project team has assessed this new version of Office and recommends
the upgrade from Office XP to Office 2007. This recommendation was
discussed at UCIST along with the plan to deploy Office 2007 in the
Academic Support departments in June, July, and August, 2007.
Faculties are encouraged to upgrade to Office 2007 to ensure the
interchange of documents continues smoothly.
While the first impression of Office 2007 appears to be a significant
change from Office XP, experience with the new product shows that
users quickly adapt to, and prefer, the new design. IST will be
providing Web pages and just-in-time training, scheduled to meet the
requirements of each department.
The sharing and exchange of documents across the various academic and
support departments of the University is a regular and ongoing
occurrence. While Office XP is still an excellent product, there are
compatibility issues with the use of Office XP and 2007. Office 2007
uses a new file format so an Office compatibility pack is required
for Office XP users. Mac users should note that Office 2008 for the
Mac is scheduled to be available in the second half of 2007 and will
support the new Office format.
IST will be focusing its training and support on Office 2007. It
encourages the Faculties to adopt Office 2007 in concert with the
Academic Support units this summer. This would be helpful in
providing timely assistance with document interchange issues,
training, and support.
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