"Maybe I'm just not cool enough..."1.5 starson by Joe M
Pros: Cheaper home edition no longer has academic requirement.
Cons: high overhead, slow, new user interface is a train wreck
Summary: I guess I'm old fashioned, but the new user interface is awful. Context menus, awkward placement of toolbars and icons... mostly a mess. I know they say it is the product of a lot of research and testing, but so was "New Coke"...
My PC is admittedly not the latest or greatest, but Office 2003 Pro loads and runs quickly on it. By contrast, Office 2007 is sluggish and slow. Conversion between the new OOXML and legacy binary formats is slow too, and not always completely accurate. Some Word 2003 were converted with their graphics and footnotes altered. Not good.
Worse is that, even after a two month trial, I was never able to find anything new in actual functionality. Not anything that I want or need, anyway. Everything I need to do, I can do with Office 2003, and do it faster and easier.
I'm not one of those anything-but-Microsoft types. I've used Office at work for a dozen years or more. At home, I've owned Office 97, 2000, and 2003. I will not, however, be buying Office 2007.