Upgrade To Microsoft Office 2007 Now, Columnist Suggests

Patrick Avery

Next year, Microsoft plans to release a new version of its Office software package. However, Chip Bates, the director of product development for ConverterTechnology, a company that helps businesses with software migration, says before jumping straight to Microsoft Office 2010, you might want to upgrade to Office 2007, if you haven't already done so.


Bates points to software support, file migration and productivity losses as some issues that put a company at risk if they don't upgrade to the current version of Office software. In a guest column for IT Business Edge, Bates offers eight reasons why your organization shouldn't wait to upgrade to Office 2007, and the benefits it will realize when it does.


A couple of his thoughts include:

  • Saving disk space. The zipped XML file format used by Office 2007 can be significantly smaller than the binary files used by Office 2003. Sample files have shown a range of PowerPoint 2007 files that are 18 percent smaller than PowerPoint 2003 files, and Excel 2007 files that are 50 percent smaller than the Excel 2003 versions.
  • Looming discontinuation of support for older versions. Mainstream support for Office 2003 ended on April 14, 2009. Extended support is available for an additional 60 months. The extended support will include any security patches that may be released during this period and paid incident support options.


For those unfamiliar with Microsoft Office 2007, the Knowledge Network offers several reference guides on applications within the Office suite.


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