Given that Microsoft has formerly announced Office 2007 I guess I can start talking about it. I’ve been on the beta programme for a while, and have been using Word 2007 as my main word processor on a day-to-day basis since then. Virtually everything that I’ve written has been in Word – so I guess I’ve given it a fair go. Other than Outlook (which I didn’t really get into until recently as it didn’t initially support Outlook Connector) and OneNote (which rocks) it’s only one of the Office suite that I’ve really used.
Overall, I think it’s great. The new interface takes a little getting used to, but it makes finding features in Word that you don’t use regularly much easier. It’s also much easier to explore the application if you’re so inclined and find out more about it. It’s gone from being an application that frustrated to one that’s much more playful – which is great.
It’ll be interesting to see if the MacBU follows the same “ribbon” interface model as the Windows Office team. While it’s great, it would break Apple User Interface guidelines in, oh, about a hundred different ways. Office for Mac also has traditionally had a few interface tricks of its own – the formatting palette, for example – that have made it easier to use than the Windows version anyway. While I think this release leap-frogs over the Mac version in terms of ease of use, it will be a hard decision to take to change over to this interface.