Microsoft Office 2007
(officially called 2007 Microsoft Office
) is the most recent version for Windows of the Microsoft
Office system, Microsofts productivity suite. Formerly known as
in the initial stages of its beta cycle, it was released
to volume license customers on November 30, 2006
and made available to retail customers on January 30, 2007. These are,
respectively, the same dates Windows Vista was released to volume
licensing and retail customers. Office 2007 contains a number of new
features, the most notable of which is the entirely new graphical user
interface called the Fluent User Interface
(initially referred to as the Ribbon UI), replacing the menus and
toolbars that have been the cornerstone of Office since its inception,
by a tabbed toolbar, known as the Ribbon. Office 2007 requires Windows
XP with Service Pack 2 or 3, Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 or
higher, or Windows Vista.
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Office 2007 also includes new applications and server-side tools. Chief
among these is Groove, a collaboration and communication suite for
smaller businesses, which was originally developed by Groove Networks
before being acquired by Microsoft in 2005. Also included is Office
SharePoint Server 2007, a major revision to the server platform for
Office applications, which supports "Excel Services", a client-server
architecture for supporting Excel workbooks that are shared in real time
between multiple machines, and are also viewable and editable through a
Microsoft FrontPage has been removed from the Office suite entirely.
It has been replaced by Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer, which is
aimed towards development of SharePoint portals. Its designer-oriented
counterpart Microsoft Expression Web is targeted for general web
development. However, neither application is included in any of the
Office suites. Also, since speech recognition and handwriting
recognition are now part of Windows Vista, speech and ink components
have been removed from Office 2007.
Handwriting and speech recognition work with Office 2007 only on Windows
Vista or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.
The first beta of Microsoft Office 2007, referred to as Beta-1
in emails sent to a limited number of testers, was released on November
16, 2005. The Beta-1 Technical Refresh was released to testers on March
13, 2006. The Technical Refresh fixed issues in installing with Windows
Vista build 5308. Office 2007 Beta 2 was announced by Bill Gates at
WinHEC 2006, and was initially released to the public at no cost from
Microsoft's web site. However, because of an unprecedented number of
downloads, a fee of $1.50 was introduced for each product downloaded
after August 2, 2006. The beta was updated on September 14, 2006 in Beta
2 Technical Refresh (Beta2TR). It included an updated user interface,
better accessibility support, improvements in the robustness of the
platform, and greater functionality. The beta versions continued to
function in a reduced functionality mode after February 1, 2007. If
users downloaded the Technical Refresh to update Beta 2, then users
could use its full functionality until March 31, 2007 for client
products and May 15, 2007 for server products. The Beta program ended on
November 8, 2006, when Microsoft declared the product "Released to
Manufacturing" (RTM) and started manufacturing the final product. After
RTM, the availability of the beta download ended. Office 2007 was
released to volume licensing customers on November 30, 2006, and to the
general public on January 30, 2007.
Service Pack 1
Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 1 was released on December 11,
2007. Microsoft published a list of changes.
Official documentation has shown that SP1 is not simply a rollup of
publicly released patches, but it also contains fixes for 455 total
issues throughout the entire Office suite.
The 2007 Microsoft Office system is distributed in eight editions
Microsoft Office 2007 System Editions
|Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007
||Retail / Limited edition student license
||One main device and one additional portable
|Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007
||Volume license only
||Dependent upon Volume Licensing program
|Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007
||Volume license only
||Dependent upon Volume Licensing program
|Microsoft Office Professional 2007
||Retail / OEM
||Retail edition, one main device and one
additional portable device; OEM edition, one device only
|Microsoft Office Small Business 2007
||Retail / OEM / Volume license
||Retail edition, one main device and one
additional portable device; OEM edition, one device only; volume
license, dependent upon Volume Licensing program
|Microsoft Office Standard 2007
||Retail / OEM / Volume license
||Retail edition, one main device and one
additional portable device; OEM edition, one device only; volume
license, dependent upon Volume Licensing program
|Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007
||Retail / OEM
||Retail edition, three devices in one
household; OEM edition, one device only; for non-commercial use
|Microsoft Office Basic 2007
Eligible employees of companies with Volume License agreements for
Office can obtain copies for use on a home computer.
Components of each edition
||Home and Student
|Calendar and E-mail
|Calendar and E-mail
- Additional tools include enterprise content management,
electronic forms, and Information Rights Management capabilities
- As noted on the packaging, below the comparison grid on the
back, the OEM and Retail Home and Student 2007 edition is not
licensed for commercial, non-profit, or any revenue-generating use.
This is displayed in the actual programs themselves with a line of
text after the program name.
The new user interface (UI), officially known as Microsoft Office
has been implemented in the core Microsoft Office applications: Word,
Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and in the item inspector used to create or
edit individual items in Outlook. These applications have been selected
for the UI overhaul because they centre around document authoring.
The rest of the applications in the suite will also be upgraded to the
new UI in subsequent versions.
The default font used in this edition is Calibri. Original prototypes of
the new user interface were revealed at MIX 2008 in Las Vegas.
The Office 2007 button, located on the top-left of the window,
replaces the File menu and provides access to functionality
common across all Office applications, including opening, saving,
printing, and sharing a file. It can also close the application. Users
can also choose colour schemes for the interface.
The Ribbon, a panel that houses the command buttons and icons,
organizes commands as a set of Tabs, each grouping relevant
commands. Each application has a different set of tabs which expose the
functionality that application offers. For example, while Excel has a
tab for the Graphing capabilities, Word does not feature the same;
instead it has tabs to control the formatting of a text document. Within
each tab, various related options may be grouped together. The Ribbon
is designed to make the features of the application more discoverable
and accessible with fewer mouse clicks
as compared to the menu-based UI used until Office 2007. It is not
possible to remove the Ribbon, modify it, or replace it with menus with
the normal Office 2007 functions. However, the Ribbon can be minimized
simply by double clicking the active section's title, e.g the Home text
in the picture below.There
are third party add-ons that can bring menus to Office 2007.
Some tabs, called Contextual Tabs, appear only when certain
objects are selected. Contextual Tabs expose functionality specific only
to the object with focus. For example, selecting a picture brings up the
Pictures tab, which presents options for dealing with the
picture. Similarly, focusing on a table exposes table-related options in
a specific tab. Contextual Tabs remain hidden when the object it works
on are not selected.
Microsoft Office 2007 also introduces a feature called "Live
Preview", which temporarily applies formatting on the focused text or
object when any formatting button is moused-over. The temporary
formatting is removed when the mouse pointer is moved from the button.
This allows users to have a preview of how the option would affect the
appearance of the object, without actually applying it.
The new "Mini Toolbar" is a type of context menu that is
automatically shown (by default) when text is selected. The purpose of
this feature is to provide easy access to the most-used formatting
commands without requiring a right-mouse-button click, as was necessary
in older versions of the software. Because the Mini Toolbar is
automatically displayed, it remains semi-transparent until the mouse
pointer is situated on the control in order to allow an
almost-unobstructed view of what is beneath it. It also appears above
the right-click menu when a user right-clicks on a selection of words.
The Mini Toolbar is currently not customizable.
Quick Access Toolbar
The Quick Access toolbar, which sits in the title bar, serves
as a repository of most used functions, regardless of which application
is being used, such as save, undo/redo and print. The Quick Access
toolbar is fully customizable similar to toolbars in previous Office
versions. Any command available in the entire Office application can be
added to the Quick Access toolbar, including commands not
available in the Ribbon and macros. Keyboard shortcuts for any of the
commands on the toolbar are also fully customizable, similar to previous
Other UI features
- Super-tooltips, that can house formatted text and even
images, are used to provide detailed descriptions of what most
- A zoom slider present in the bottom-right corner, allowing for
dynamic and rapid magnification of documents.
SmartArt, found under the Insert tab in the ribbon in PowerPoint,
Word, Excel, and Outlook, is a new group of easily editable and
formatted diagrams. There are 115 preset SmartArt graphics layout
templates in categories such as list, process, cycle, and hierarchy.
When an instance of a SmartArt is inserted, a Text Pane appears
next to it to guide the user through entering text in the hierarchical
levels. Each SmartArt graphic, based on its design, maps the text
outline, automatically resized for best fit, onto the graphic. There are
a number of "quick styles" for each graphic that apply largely different
3D effects to the graphic, and the graphic's shapes and text can be
formatted through shape styles and WordArt styles. In addition, SmartArt
graphics change their colours, fonts, and effects to match the
Office Open XML
Microsoft Office uses a new file format, called Office Open XML, as
the default file format. Word documents (without macro extensions) are
now saved using a .docx extension rather than the traditional .doc
extension. Word 2007 can also save documents in the old format which is
compatible with previous versions of Word. In addition, Microsoft has
made available a free add-on known as the "Microsoft Office
Compatibility Pack" that lets Office 2000-2003 editions open, edit, and
save documents created under the new 2007 format.
Office Open XML is based on XML and uses the ZIP file container.
According to Microsoft, documents created in this format are up to 75%
smaller than the same documents saved with previous Microsoft Office
file formats, owing to data compression.
Microsoft Office Excel and Microsoft Office PowerPoint also use the new
OOXML file formats. Word files containing macros are saved with the
Microsoft had initially announced that it will support exporting to
Portable Document Format (PDF) in Office 2007. However, due to legal
objections from Adobe Systems, Office 2007 does not have PDF support out
of the box, but offers it rather as a separate free download.
Office 2007 documents can also be exported as XPS documents, via
another free plug-in that is also a separate download.
Microsoft backs an open-source effort to support OpenDocument in
Office 2007, as well as earlier versions (up to Office 2000), through a
converter add-in for Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and also a command-line
utility. As of 2008,
the project supports conversion between ODF and Office Open XML file
formats for all three applications.
User assistance system
In Microsoft Office 2007, the Office Assistants have been completely
removed because of the much-improved help system. One feature of the new
help system is the extensive use of Super Tooltips which explains in
about one paragraph what each function performs. Some of them also use
diagrams or pictures. These appear and disappear like normal tooltips,
and replace normal tooltips in many areas. The Help content also
directly integrates searching and viewing Office Online articles.
Microsoft Office 2007 includes features geared towards collaboration
and data sharing. As such, Microsoft Office 2007 features server
components for applications such as Excel, which work in conjunction
with SharePoint Services, to provide a collaboration platform.
SharePoint works with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, which is
used to host a SharePoint site, and uses IIS and ASP.NET 2.0. Excel
server exposes Excel Services, which allows any worksheet to be created,
edited and maintained via web browsers. It features Excel Web Access,
the client-side component which is used to render the worksheet on a
browser, Excel Calculation Service which is the server side
component which populates the worksheet with data and perform
calculations, and Excel Web Service that exposes Excel
functionalities as individual web services. SharePoint can also be used
to host Word documents for collaborative editing, by sharing a document.
SharePoint can also be used to hold PowerPoint slides in a Slide
Library, from which the slides can be used as a formatting template.
It will also notify users of a slide automatically in case the source
slide is modified. Also by using SharePoint, PowerPoint can manage
shared review of presentations. Any SharePoint hosted document can be
accessed from the application which created the document or from other
applications such as a browser or Microsoft Office Outlook.
Microsoft Office 2007 also includes Groove, which brings
collaborative features to a peer-to-peer paradigm. Groove can
host documents, including presentations, workbooks and others, created
in Microsoft Office 2007 application in a shared workspace, which can
then be used in collaborative editing of documents. Groove can
also be used in managing workspace sessions, including access control of
the workspace. To collaborate on one or more documents, a Workspace
has to be created, and then those who are to work on it have to be
invited. Any file shared on the workspace are automatically shared among
all participants. The application also provides real-time messaging,
including one-to-one as well as group messaging, and presence features,
as well as monitoring workspace activities with alerts, which are raised
when pre-defined set of activities are detected. Groove also provides
features for conflict resolution for conflicting edits. Schedules for a
collaboration can also be decided by using a built-in shared calendar,
which can also be used to keep track of the progress of a project.
However, the calendar is not compatible with Microsoft Outlook.
Themes and Quick Styles
Microsoft Office 2007 places more emphasis on Document Themes and
Quick Styles. The Document Theme defines the colours, fonts and graphic
effects for a document. Almost everything that can be inserted into a
document is automatically styled to match the overall document theme
creating a consistent document design. The new Office Theme file format
(.THMX) is shared between Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook email
messages. Similar themes are also available for data reports in Access
and Project or shapes in Visio.
Quick Styles are galleries with a range of styles based on the
current theme. There are quick styles galleries for text, tables,
charts, SmartArt, WordArt and more. The style range goes from
simple/light to more graphical/darker.
Microsoft Office Word
- New style sheets (quick styles) and ability to switch easily
- Word count listed by default in the status bar. The word count
dynamically updates as you type.
- New contextual spell checker, signified by a wavy blue
underline analogous to the traditional wavy red underline for
misspellings and wavy green underline for grammar errors, sometimes
catches incorrect usage of correctly spelled words, such as in "I
think we will loose this battle".
- Translation tool tip option available for English (U.S.),
French (France), and Spanish (International Sort). When selected,
hovering the mouse cursor over a word will display its translation
in the particular language. Non-English versions have different sets
of languages. Other languages can be added by using a separate
- Automated generation of citations and bibliographies according
to defined style rules, including APA, Chicago, and MLA. Changing
style updates all references automatically. Connect to web services
to access online reference databases.
- Rearchitected native mathematical equation support with TeX-like
linear input/edit language or GUI interface. Also supports the
Unicode Plain Text Encoding of Mathematics.
- Preset gallery of cover pages with fields for Author, Title,
Date, Abstract, etc. Cover pages follow the theme of the document
(found under the Page Layout tab).
- Document comparison engine updated to support moves, differences
in tables, and also easy to follow tri-pane view of original
document, new document, and differences.
- Full screen reading layout that shows two pages at a time with
maximal screen usage, plus a few critical tools for reviewing.
- Document Inspector which strips Word documents of
information such as author name and comments and other "metadata".
- Building Blocks, which lets one save frequently used
content, so that they are easily accessible for further use.
Building blocks can have data mapped controls in them to allow for
form building or structured document authoring.
- The ability to save multiple versions of a document (which had
existed since Word 97) has been removed.
- Blog entries
can be authored in Word itself and uploaded directly to a blog.
Supported blogging sites include Windows Live Spaces, WordPress,
SharePoint, Blogger, Community Server etc.
Microsoft Office Outlook
- As a major change in Outlook 2007, Exchange 5.5 support has been
dropped. Like Evolution, Outlook Express and Entourage, Outlook now
works only with Exchange 2000 and above.
- Outlook now indexes
(using the Windows Search APIs) the e-mails, contacts, tasks,
calendar entries, RSS feeds and other items, to speed up searches.
As such, it features word-wheeled search, which displays results as
characters are being typed in.
- Search folders, which are saved searches, have been updated to
include RSS feeds as well. Search folders can be created with a
specific search criteria, specifying the subject, type and other
attributes of the information being searched. When a search folder
is opened, all matching items for the search are automatically
retrieved and grouped up.
- Outlook now supports text-messages and SMSs, when used in
conjunction with Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging.
- Outlook includes a reader for RSS feeds, which used the Windows
Common Feeds Store. RSS subscription URLs can be shared via e-mails.
RSS feed updates can also be pushed to a mobile device.
- Outlook can now support multiple calendars being worked with,
simultaneously. It also includes a side-by-side view for calendars,
where each calendar is displayed in a different tab, and allows easy
comparison of them. Outlook also supports web calendars. Calendars
can be shared with other users.
- Calendar view shows which tasks are due.
- Flagged e-mails and notes can also be converted to Task
- Outlook includes a To Do Bar, which integrates the
calendar, appointments and tasks items, in a concise view.
- Online or offline editing of all Microsoft Office 2007 documents
via a SharePoint site. All edits are automatically synchronized.
- Contacts can be shared among users, via e-mail, Exchange Server
or a SharePoint site.
- Attachment preview allows users to view Office e-mail
attachments in the reading pane rather than having to open another
- HTML in e-mails is now rendered using the Microsoft Word
rendering engine which disallows several HTML tags like object,
script, iframe etc along with several CSS properties.
Microsoft Office Outlook can also include an optional Business Contact
Manager which allows management of business contacts and their sales and
marketing activities. Phone calls, e-mails, appointments, notes and
other business metrics can be managed for each contact. It can also keep
a track of billable time for each contact on the Outlook Calendar. Based
on these data, a consolidated report view can be generated by Microsoft
Office Outlook with Business Contact Manager. The data can be further
analyzed using Microsoft Office Excel. This data can also be shared
using SharePoint Services.
Microsoft Office Excel
- Support up to 1,048,576 rows and 16,384 columns in a single
worksheet, with 32,767 characters in a single cell (17,179,869,184
cells in a worksheet, 562,932,773,552,128 characters in a worksheet)
- Conditional Formatting introduces support for three new
features — Color Scales, Icon Sets and Data Bars
- Color Scales, which automatically color the
background of a group of cells with different colours according
to the values.
- Icon sets, which precede the text in a cell with an
icon that represent some aspect of the value of the cell with
respect to other values in a group of cells, can also be
applied. Icons can be conditionally applied to show up only when
certain criteria is met, such as a cross showing up on an
invalid value, where the condition for invalidity can be
specified by the user.
- Data Bars show as a gradient bar in the background of
a cell the contribution of the cell value in the group.
- Column titles can optionally show options to control the layout
of the column.
- Multithreaded calculation of formulae, to speed up large
calculations, especially on multi-core/multi-processor systems.
- User Defined Functions (UDF), which are custom functions
written to supplement Excel's set of built-in functions, supports
the increased number of cells and columns. UDFs now can also be
multithreaded. Server side UDFs are based on the .NET Managed code.
- Importing data from external sources, such as a database, has
been upgraded. Data can also be imported from formatted tables and
reports, which do not have a regular grid structure.
- Formula Autocomplete, automatically suggests function
names, arguments and named ranges, and automatically completing them
if desired, based on the characters entered. Formulae can refer to a
table as well.
- CUBE functions which allow importing data, including set
aggregated data, from data analysis services, such as SQL Server
- Page Layout view, to author spreadsheets in a way that
mirrors the formatting that will be applied when printed.
- PivotTables, which are used to create analysis reports
out of sets of data, can now support hierarchical data by displaying
a row in the table with a "+" icon, which, when clicked, shows more
rows regarding it, which can also be hierarchical. PivotTables can
also be sorted and filtered independently, and conditional
formatting used to highlight trends in the data.
- Filters, now includes a Quick filter option allowing the
selection of multiple items from a drop down list of items in the
column. The option to filter based on color has been added to the
- Excel features a new charting engine, which supports advanced
formatting, including 3D rendering, transparencies and shadows.
Chart layouts can also be customized to highlight various trends in
Microsoft Office PowerPoint
- Improvements to text rendering to support text based graphics.
- Rendering of 3D graphics.
- Support for many more sound file formats such as .mp3 and .wma.
- Support for tables and enhanced support for table pasting from
- Slide Library, which lets you reuse any slide or
presentation as a template. Any presentation or slide can be
published to the Slide Library.
- Any custom-designed slide library can be saved.
- Presentations can be digitally signed.
- Improved Presenter View.
- Added support for widescreen slides.
- Allows addition of custom placeholders.
Microsoft Office OneNote
- OneNote now supports multiple notebooks.
- Notebooks can be shared across multiple computers. Anyone can
edit even while not connected and changes are merged automatically
across machines when a connection is made. Changes are labelled with
author and change time/date.
- Notebook templates.
- Word-wheeled search is also present in OneNote, which also
- Synchronization of Tasks with Outlook 2007. Also Outlook
can send mails to OneNote, or open pages in OneNote that are linked
to tasks, contacts, appointments/meetings.
- Support for tables. Using tabs to create tabular structure
automatically converts it to a table.
- OCR is performed on images (screen clips, photos, scans) so that
any text in them is searchable.
- Audio and video recordings are also tagged and indexed, so that
they can be searched.
- Notes can have hyperlinks among themselves, or from outside
OneNote to a specific point on a page.
- Embedding documents in notes.
- Extensibility support for add-ins.
- Drawing tools for creating diagrams in OneNote.
- Typing any arithmetic expression, followed by "=" results in the
result of the calculation being displayed.
- Send to Microsoft OneNote, via which any application can
print to a virtual printer for OneNote and the "printed" document is
imported to the notebook, and any text is indexed for searching.
- OneNote Mobile is included for Smartphones and some
PocketPC devices. Syncs notes two-way with OneNote. Takes text,
voice, and photo notes.
Microsoft Office Access
- Access now includes support for a broader range of data types,
including documents and images.
- Whenever any table is updated, all reports referencing the table
are also updated.
- Dropdown lists for a table can be modified in place.
- Lookup Fields, which get their values by "looking up"
some value in a table, have been updated to support multi valued
- Many new preset schemata are included.
- Access can synchronize with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and
Office SharePoint Server 2007. This feature enables a user to use
Access reports while using a server-based, backed-up, IT managed
version of the data.
Microsoft Office Publisher
- Templates automatically fill out with information such as
company name, logo etc, wherever applicable.
- Frequently used content can be stored in Content Store
for quick access.
- A document can be automatically converted from one publication
type, such as a newsletter, to another publication type, say a web
- Save as PDF supports commercial printing quality PDF.
- Catalog Merge can create publication content
automatically by retrieving data, including text, images and other
supported types, from an external data source.
- Design Checker, which is used to find design
inconsistencies, has been updated.
Microsoft Office InfoPath
- InfoPath designed forms can now be used from a browser, provided
the server is running InfoPath Forms Services in SharePoint 2007 or
Office Forms Server.
- A form can be sent out to people via e-mail. Such forms can be
filled out from Outlook 2007 itself.
- Automatic conversion of forms in Word and Excel to InfoPath
forms. Forms can also be exported to Excel.
- Forms can be published to a network share or to SharePoint
- Adding data validation, using validation formulae, and
conditional formatting features without manually writing code.
- Print Layout view for designing forms in a view that mirror the
printed layout. Such forms can be opened using Word as well.
- Ability to use Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Office Access, or
other databases as back-end data repository.
- Multiple views for the same forms, to expose different features
to different class of users.
- Template Parts, used to group Office InfoPath controls
for use later. Template parts retain its XML schema.
Microsoft Office Visio
- PivotDiagrams, which are used to visualize data, show
data groups and hierarchichal relationships.
- Visual modification of PivotDiagrams by dragging data around
levels, to restructure the data relationships.
- PivotDiagrams can show aggregate statistical summaries for the
data and show them.
- Shapes can be linked with external data sources. Doing so, the
shapes are formatted according to the data. The data, and hence the
shapes, are updated periodically. Such shapes can also be formatted
manually using the Data Graphics feature.
- AutoConnect : Link easily two shapes.
- Data Link : Link data to shapes.
- Data Graphics : Dynamic objects (text and images) linked with
- New Theme behaviour and new shapes.
Microsoft Office Project
- Ability to create custom templates.
- Any change in the project plan or schedule highlights everything
else that is affected.
- Analyze changes without actually committing them. Changes can
also be done and undone programmatically, to automate analysis of
- Improved cost resource management and analysis for projects.
- Project data can be used to automatically create charts and
diagrams in Microsoft Office Excel and Microsoft Office Visio,
- The project schedule can be managed as 3D Gantt chart.
- Sharing project data with the help of SharePoint Services.
Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer
Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 is new addition to the
Office suite replacing discontinued FrontPage for users of SharePoint.
People who don't use SharePoint can use Microsoft Expression Web.
- Supports features and constructs that expose SharePoint
- Supports ASP.NET 2.0 and Windows Workflow Foundation.
- Support for creating workflows and data reports, from external
- Allows XML data to be displayed using XSLT
SharePoint Server 2007
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 allows sharing and
collaborative editing of Office 2007 documents. It allows central
storage of documents and management of Office documents, throughout the
enterprise. These documents can be accessed either by the applications
which created them, Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, or a web browser.
Documents can also be managed through pre-defined policies that let
users create and publish shared content, through a SharePoint site.
SharePoint Server allows searching of all Office documents which are
being managed by it, centrally, thereby making data more accessible. It
also provides access control for documents. Specialized server
components can plug into the SharePoint Server to extend the
functionality of the server, such as Excel Services exposing data
analysis services for Excel services. Data from other data sources can
also be merged with Office data.
SharePoint also lets users personalize the SharePoint sites,
filtering content they are interested in. SharePoint documents can also
be locally cached by clients for offline editing; the changes are later
Forms Server 2007
Microsoft Office Forms Server 2007 allows InfoPath forms to be
accessed and filled out using any browser, including mobile phone
browsers. Forms Server 2007 also supports using a database or other data
source as the back-end for the form. Additionally, it allows centralized
deployment and management of forms. Forms Server 2007 hosted forms also
support data validation and conditional formatting, as does their
InfoPath counterpart. It also supports advanced controls like
Repeating section and Repeating table. However, some InfoPath
controls cannot be used if it has to be hosted on a Forms server.
Groove Server 2007
Microsoft Office Groove Server 2007 is for centrally managing all
deployments of Microsoft Office Groove 2007 in the enterprise. It
enables using Active Directory for Groove user accounts, and create
Groove Domains, with individual policy settings. It allows Groove
workspaces to be hosted at the server, and the files in the workspaces
made available for collaborative editing via the Groove client. It also
includes the Groove Server Data Bridge component to allow
communication between data stored at both Groove clients and servers and
Project Server 2007
Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 allows one to centrally manage
and coordinate projects. It allows budget and resource tracking, and
activity plan management. The project data and reports can also be
further analyzed using Cube Building Service. The project
management data can be accessed from a browser as well.
Project Portfolio Server 2007
Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server 2007 allows creation of a
project portfolio, including workflows, hosted centrally, so that the
information is available throughout the enterprise, even from a browser.
It also aids in centralized data aggregation regarding the project
planning and execution, and in visualizing and analyzing the data to
optimize the project plan. It can also support multiple portfolios per
project, to track different aspects of it. It also includes reporting
tools to create consolidated reports out of the project data.
PerformancePoint Server 2007
Microsoft PerformancePoint Server allows users to monitor, analyze,
and plan their business as well as drive alignment, accountability, and
actionable insight across the entire organization. It includes features
for scorecards, dashboards, reporting, analytics, budgeting and
forecasting, among others.
Even though the ribbon can be hidden, PC World wrote that the
new "ribbon" interface crowds the Office work area, especially for
notebook users. Others
have called its large icons distracting.
PC World has stated that upgrading to Office 2007 presents
dangers to certain data, such as templates, macros, and mail messages.
The new XML-based .docx file format for Word is incompatible with
previous versions unless a plugin is installed in the older version.
The Word 2007 equation editor is incompatible with that of Word 2003
and previous versions, and when converting DOCX files to DOC files,
equations are rendered as graphics. Consequently Word 2007 cannot be
used for any publishing, file-sharing and collaborative endeavour in any
mathematics-based fields, including science and technology, in which
users may have earlier versions of Word. Many publishers representing
all levels do not accept submissions in Word 2007. Academic publishers
for example have informed Microsoft that this severely impairs Word
2007's usability for scholarly publishing.