"Most NON-intuitive, button-push hungry application used"0.5 starson by barrgr
Pros: The only pro I can think of is that it makes me appreciate Office 2003 all the more.
Cons: I have yet to find anything I like about it. This is not just an "I don't want to change" attitude. The "look pretty" icons have you guessing at what to click on, you have to click more times to achieve a task than before.
Summary: I have been teaching MS applications for a number of years. I have also evaluated Word against Word Perfect and obscure word processors like Palantir since DOS days. To date the worst changes have been as the application tries to second guess the user in what needs to be done. Although some users do need this, not juts use it.
This version has ignored the lessons we learn from the "same-look/same-feel" approach and disgards our need to transport knowledge and skills from one application to another, and one software company to another.
The graphic "touchy-feely" command bars have little if anything in common with the standard use of drop-down menus, the keyboard shortcuts have been changed, and gone is the intuitive sense of "Oh, to do THIS I just have to use this menu or shortcut". Now the user has to look at the screen and work it out by clicking all over the place.
While many users will learn to use this software, the lack of similarity to any other applications means a new learning experience for each application.
Meanwhile, try using the filters on Excel. What were Microsoft thinking?!!
This version of Office has put back the Word Processing/Spreadsheet experience by many years. Someone tell me, is there a version of Word Perfect available anywhere???