I need Microsoft Office...must I wait for Office 2003?

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  1. Jonathan Burk

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    I need Microsoft office, but I could probably hold off on a purchase for a little while. Would it be worth it to wait for the release of Office 2003? I know Office XP can do everything I need right now (becuase I'm using it on 2 other computers).

    What I mean is, is Office 2003 going to be so different/ cool that I'll be kicking myself for not waiting?
     
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    You can visit office.microsoft.com and see if their propaganda for Office 2003 convinces you to wait for it.
     
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    As far as I know, 2003 will feature some fairly extensive changes to Outlook as well as the ability to save Office documents in XML format. Outlook will feature some built in junk mail handling and a revamped interface. Each of the Office apps will be able to save documents in XML, but this is only really useful for businesses; if you're looking to buy Office for the home, you probably won't need it.

    Here's a CNET preview of the last 2003 beta.
     
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    Wasn't there some news that the XML feature had been taken out or was now only avaiable in the proffesional version?
     
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    John, you've made it abundantly clear in your history of HTF posts that you're not a Microsoft fan. However, the original poster was only asking for a comparison between Office 2002 and 2003, not for a flurry of anti-Microsoft rhetoric. I was simply trying to answer the man's questions.

    As for the usefulness of XML, please explain to ME why having my recipe cards or term papers or directions saved in XML benefits me in any way. I am not going to be building applications around storing and querying my documents, and I am probably not going to need to programmatically parse them in any way. I understand that open standards are a good thing, and I applaud Microsoft for finally embracing (some of) them in Office 2003. But I would venture to guess that the majority of home Office users have no idea what XML is, nor would they benefit from saving their documents in that format. Perhaps I should say rephrase my original statement to say that the primary beneficiaries for saving in XML are corporate users.
     
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    While I appreciate the info about other programs, perhaps I should have made it clear that I am an intermediate/ advanced MS Office user, using it in a small business environment. Our lives center around Outlook, and much of our business runs off of Word and Access. Also, most of our clients use Office.

    I'm really not interested in learning a new Office suite, especially since I can afford whatever I need.

    I was just curious if anyone had heard of any earth-shaking new features that might make a big difference in helping my business be more productive, but after thinking about it, I'd probably rather have another identical version of the software.

    Thanks.
     
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    No problems here. If that's what you need to get the job done, then I'm behind you all the way.

     
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    IT guy that is so adamantly against MS? Hmmm [​IMG] I think the democrats are the same way LOL
     
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    MS (as with some other companies), often offers "non obsolete guarantees", which means if you buy, say, the current Office, and the next release come within a certain window, then you can either get the new one free or heavily discounted ($99 for a $795 list Premium Office Suite), with proof of purchase.
    The last time I did something like that was moving to Office Premuim 2000, which ended up costing me less than nothing, as I brought a heavily discounted Office Pro for the sole purpose of the "coupon", then when 2000 came out, I exchange the coupon for 2000, then sold my Pro on EBay, for a little more than what I paid for it. All legal, all legit. For those that haven't been selling their stuff, software holds their value amazingly well, especially MS stuff. A few months ago, I was cleaning house and found some Frontpage, Publisher stuff that's 4-5 years old, totally collecting dust, I think they went for like $60 a piece at EBay.
     
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    At the risk of hijacking the thread, if it hasn't been already...

     
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    Ummmmm .... You don't visit Slashdot.org very much, do you? [​IMG]
     
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