"Don't buy it if you don't have to - stick with XP/2003"1.0 starson by Edstock
Pros: I like nothing about it because the drastically re-configured user interface is a mess. I'm a long-time user of XP and 2003. I assume 2007 will function just fine, but I won't keep it long enough to find out.
Cons: The new menu and toolbar configuration of 2007 is an insult to anyone who has been using previous versions of Office for basic business, personal and academic purposes.
Summary: I recently purchased a new Dell computer. The only version of Office they offered was 2007. I have XP on my other home computer and 2003 on my office computer. I am not sure if I could purchase an additional license to install XP on the new computer.
I don't have elaborate word processing or spreadsheet needs. I have become very proficient at using the keyboard instead of the mouse to navigate through worksheets and documents, select items, etc. I rarely touch the mouse, and my productivity and efficiency have gone up substantially as a result.
Now, with the 2007 interface in Office, any menus and toolbars with which I was familiar are nowhere to be found. Microsoft has offered no option of retaining the toolbars of XP or 2003 and has pretty much told experienced users that they have no option but to re-learn an enormous amount of what they probably spent years refining in their daily use.
I've found an add-in that's supposed to enable those who are stuck with Office 2007 to implement the "classic" toolbars and menu functions. Since it's not yet been reviewed by CNet, I won't name the product. They offer a 60-day trial, so I'm going to give it a go and see if it works the way they claim it does. If it doesn't, I'll be looking to buy an in-the-box 2003 Office version and I'll uninstall 2007. I hate it that much. This is the last time I'll buy a Microsoft product if there is any way to avoid it. I consider 2007 a slap in the face and a sign of arrogance. It's one thing to make a new version that supposedly has some dramatic increase in capabilities, but I'm not looking to spend substantial amounts of my time learning something that has no potential to improve my own performance.
Sorry, that's my take on it.