[Faccus] IST Encourages Adoption of Office 2007

Alan George 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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