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New Windows and Office 2007

Today I’m at a meeting of REMC Instructional Technology Specialists (RITS) at Ingham ISD and we’re listening to a representative from Microsoft who’s telling us about the New Windows version called Vista. Windows VistaIt’s hard to know how quickly school will adopt its use, that type of upgrade takes a lot of time and money besides having enough computing power to handle it (800 MHz and 512MB minimum), but here are a few cool features worth mentioning:

  • Teachers can work with Administrator priviledges without actually having those priviledges. They will be able to install certain apps etc. just like they were Admins.
  • The Search function indexes all files…it’s easy to find what you’re looking for without navigating through folders.
  • If you’ve made some changes to a file, but want to get back to previously saved version you can. Vista will keep track of Previous Versions.
  • Vista can use unused space on a flash drive to supplement a system’s RAM…very interesting…you can get a 1GB flash drive for $10.
  • Windows Meeting Space allows 15 users to share a desktop with the presenter…sharing Desktops, files, etc.

Any new PCs purchased…starting when, I wonder…is going to have Vista. I looks great, but can schools afford the upgrade?

What’s new with Office 2007?

  • The menu system lets you get to the commands you use quicker…of course that screws up everyone who actually knew where all the Office commands were.
  • Making format changes such as fonts or design templates to documents is easy…you can hover over the choices and get a preview of what that’s going to look like in the document without committing to the change.
  • My impression is that it will be easier to make a document look and act the way you want it/need it to…it’s pretty slick.

Again, we’ll see how quickly schools will be able to take advantage of these new features. Software companies don’t take into account school budgets!


One Response

  1. With the new Office (the 2007) design, look & feel, Microsoft have made a giant leap. True that it takes time to get use to the new ribbon and to get around quickly.. But once you are familiar with it, you rock!

    We do a lot of researches on the web, and using Excel macros,
    we have improved our research speed in 30%. That huge!!

    Using OneNote have improved our research information control (nothing get lost now) and with the sharing files abilities, now everyone can contribute to the project.

    So to summary it all, we are more then happy with the tools that comes in the Office 2007.
    We looking forward to the new one… 😉

    With the SP2 support for open source files,
    our CRM improved since we don’t have to “fight”
    with our clients anymore 🙂

    The 2007 was a great investment with benefits to us.

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