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Monday, January 08, 2007

The new easier to use Word 2007... or not

The new Microsoft Word 2007 will be released on January 30th. It has been totally redesigned and a lot of the unnecessary stuff you don't need has been removed but that doesn't mean its going to be easy to use. It will take some getting used to.

Word 2007 is lovely to look at and use. But Word's 450 million global users can expect major, unwelcome surprises from the new design. Everything you've learned about Word over the years is now wrong. The familiar menu names such as File, Edit, View, Insert, Format and the rest are gone. They have been replaced by cryptic new headers: Home, Insert, Page Layout, and Reference. Now you get a long horizontal bar called The Ribbon that holds most Word commands.

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