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Microsoft Office 2003 vs. Microsoft Office 2007/2010

  1. Mar 18, 2012 #1
    To all science and engineering students/those working in these fields,

    Do you use MS Office? If so, do you find MS Office 2007/2010 really necessary? Do you think you could get away with using Office 2003? Are there any significant functions that you need from 2007/2010 office programs that you couldn't get on 2003?

    Basically, I had Office 2007 a while ago on my laptop. I eventually got fed up with the interface, the ribbon which I find hideous and the general bulkiness that I felt 2007 had. I recently uninstalled it and installed 2003, which I find to be much more intuitive. I'm starting my Bachelor's of Engineering in the fall and I'll be likely getting a head start and taking some first year eng courses over this summer. I've tried to reinstall Office 2007/install 2010, but it's just not working anymore. The install won't complete, only 2003 will work.

    I think I'd only be using Word, Outlook, Powerpoint and Excel. I don't anticipate a problem for the former 3. I do for the latter, however.

    http://www.add-ins.com/Excel%202003%20versus%202007.htm [Broken]

    From what I've read Excel 2010 is basically like 2007 with some pivot table changes, so from what I understand, nothing too significant. The maximum number of rows and columns has been greatly increased in 2007, but even then, for a bachelors of engineering, I feel like I won't even need 65,000 rows or 256 columns, let alone a million rows or whatever.
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  3. Mar 18, 2012 #2


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    I do use them and I to prefer the newer versions due to the docx (other ones end with and 'x') format. Even with the addon for 2003 to be able to open those new formats there are still problems every now and then.

    The 2010 version also added the function of saving your files in pdf form which is nothing amazing but nice.

    overall, i find the newer version a little nicer, just take a while to get used to. In the long run i find it less frustrating to get used to newer versions than having two different versions (older version at home, newer version at work for example) and having problems with incompatibility or whatever
  4. Mar 18, 2012 #3
    I work with Office every day at my job. I find 2007 easier because I have to access addons and use most functions that word offers regularly. If you just needed to type a paper 2003 would be just as easy to use, but for complex documents with automation I'm very happy with 2007. The only downside is certain attributes which weren't included (hello marching red ants) can be a pain to remove in 2007 (since the option to add or remove them is gone).

    That said, .docx is awful, I save in .doc every time if I can. .docx seems to lead to file instability and corruption more often than .doc.
  5. Mar 18, 2012 #4
    I felt very confident and fast with the 2003 versions, especially excel. We were 'migrated' to 2007 at work over a year ago and I still feel like a novice, I'm constantly googling to find out where MS moved the buttons. I hate 2007, it has damaged my productivity without making a single thing that I do easier.
  6. Mar 18, 2012 #5
    Oh, and another thing. We have clients who still use 2003; their email systems think 'docx' is a virus, and will not deliver emails with attachments carrying that extension. And I don't get a delivery failure message from their system, all I get is angry phone calls asking why I'm late delivering.
  7. Mar 19, 2012 #6
    Their email system is jacked then. Never heard of that. What company uses word but doesn't use outlook anyway?
  8. Mar 19, 2012 #7
    The ones that use Lotus Notes for email. I wish we still did, it is better than Outlook IMO.
  9. Mar 19, 2012 #8


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    I use Excel 2003 at home for personal things and 2007 at work. I've never had one case using 2003 at home where I wished I had 2007. People at work love it because they often need more than 65k rows....
  10. Apr 3, 2012 #9
    I go back to using MSOffice 2003... i find 2007/2010 complicated.
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