Microsoft Office Word 2007 Software Review

Word 2010 iconMicrosoft Office Word 2010 is the latest version of the software giant’s famous word processing software.

Although Word 2010 is new, it is based on Word 2007 with a few changes and improvements.

You may have heard stories about the revolutionary changes from previous versions of Word. Users seem to either love Word 2007 or hate it…of course, that is on par with how most people feel about software in general!

If you own Microsoft Word 2003 or an earlier version, before deciding to upgrade, be prepared—there is a learning curve.

The changes are significant enough that you will need to give yourself a few days to get used to the new interface. But with regular use, using the ribbon will become second nature.

About the new interface

As soon as you open Word 2007 (or 2010) for the first time, you see it has a completely new look! The most prominent difference is the new interface—the ribbon.

The Word Ribbon
The Word 2007 Ribbon: The home tab gives you easy access to the most commonly used Microsoft Word document formatting options.

If you have used Word before, you may find the ribbon confusing. Yes, you will miss the classic menu system…but only for awhile.

The ribbon provides greater functionality, and after you get the hang of it, it helps you work faster and be more productive.

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And because Word is part of the Microsoft Office Suite, once you learn the ribbon in Word, you will find it easy to master its use in Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and in version 2010, all other Office programs.

What’s new under the hood?

The new interface is not the only big change in Microsoft Office Word. Behind the scenes is a totally new structure based on XML.

What does that mean to you, the user? It means smaller file sizes and files less likely to become corrupted for starters. On the other hand, the new format may cause compatibility issues when sharing files with users of other versions.

The new structure also means new file extensions. Microsoft rolled out the docx, docm, dotx and dotm extensions with this new release.

My personal experience with Word 2007

My biggest concern with upgrading to Office 2007 was sharing files with coworkers and clients. My concerns were unfounded.

The Word viewer and compatibility pack enable users to share files with few problems. Installing these utilities allows you to open docx files if you have an older version of Word (or even if you do not have Word installed at all).

I have learned some tips and workarounds to make file sharing work smoothly. Often, you need to convert docx to doc files and work in compatibility mode if most of your coworkers use an older version of Microsoft Word.

I find the new Save As PDF feature to be indispensable for sharing files with co-workers and clients who do not own Word and Mac users.

After using it for over two years, overall, I am very happy with Microsoft Office Word 2007.

It was well worth the few days it took me to learn the ribbon, which I have come to love. Now when I have to use an older version of Word, I realize how counter–intuitive the classic menu system is.

I hope this review helps you determine if Microsoft Office Word 2007 or 2010 is the right choice for you!

Sue Huckle
Freelance Technical Writer