Office 2007: 8 Great Reasons to (Finally) Upgrade

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7. Better security
Microsoft introduced new filename extensions with Office 2007 to make it easier to identify files which contain VBA code and could potentially contain dangerous code. Files with VBA code now have an "m" added to the traditional extensions (.docm, .xlsm, pptm). As noted, the new Document Inspector removes sensitive information from documents before publishing them or sending them to customers. The new Trust Center enables users to specify trusted publishers and trusted locations to help ensure that documents are coming from safe locations before they are opened.

8. Improved collaboration
The introduction of Office Groove 2007 enables multiple users, in one or more locations, to work together on a single document; its features include one-click synchronization. OneNote 2007 can create shared notebooks, allowing multiple users to access and updated information while knowing they are viewing the most recent information. OneNote 2007 is fully integrated with other Office 2007 applications, so users can share notes from various sources.

ConverterTechnology's Bates encourages companies not to jump into Office 2010, but instead wait until the bugs get worked out: "Let the early adopters work out the bugs and migration issues of Office 2010 while you upgrade to the stable and powerful Office 2007 platform. Only then should you start considering a move to Office 2010."

These are certainly compelling points. But perhaps you're still thinking, "I'll just wait for Office 2010," and you may have solid reasons for doing that. Please add your comments below so that fellow readers can gain a read on what other IT decision makers are doing and why.

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