Friday, January 26, 2007

MUST HAVE DOWNLOAD PICK!! Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats

Heads up to any system admins whose company is running older versions of Office (meaning anything prior to Office 2007!)  You are going to need this one very soon!
Office 2007 is officially releasing to the public on January 30, 2007 and a lot of people who have been attending the Microsoft launch event over the last week or so ALREADY have a full version in hand.  If you are running Office 2000, XP or 2003 you best take note.  They aren't going to do too well with the Office 2007 files people start sending to you.
Office 2007 is a TOTAL rewrite of the software. There is nothing familiar about it. It is a whole new learning curve. Be prepared for the headaches!
You will have to toddle on out to the Microsoft site and download the Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel and powerpoint from:
Then the fun begins of getting the thing installed out on every workstation (or hopefully Citrix/Terminal Server) that you have that runs any prior version of Office before 2007.
Here is a brief description of the Kit, be sure and follow ALL directions on the above link prior to installing or you can get yourself into trouble!
Open, edit, and save documents, workbooks, and presentations in the file formats new to Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007.

Jim Kenzig
Microsoft MVP - Terminal Services
Citrix Technology Professional
Provision Networks VIP
CEO The Kenzig Group

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