"Life's far too short!"1.0 starson by Phrixos000
Pros: Does what it always did. Downright "pretty".
Cons: Does it much worse. Doesn't address a tenth of what I was hoping for.
Summary: The transition from Word 2000 to 2003 was bad enough, but this is ridiculous. The folks at Microsoft don't seem to know the meaning of the word, "simplify". (Where, with 2003, removing the "markup" sidebar took one click, now it takes about ten. I lost count.)
Obtuse, obtuse, obtuse, obtuse, obtuse!
Did I say obtuse? Despite a 127 IQ it took me a full half hour just to find out how to show my bookmarks! (Type the old, straightforward command, "show bookmarks", into the "Help" menu and see what happens.) As for the new .docx file format, I have virtually to rewrite my 140,000-word manuscript because the transition heartily screwed up all my nice paging.
Listen; do listen, to what the CNET editor says of Word 2007, "If you're ready to let go of old habits from previous versions of Word [...--then--] Microsoft Word 2007 is worth the upgrade." ("Habits?") How flattering--but you'd better believe it. What he means is: be prepared to be run through the ringer with your pants down. If I wanted such treatment, I'd go to the Sudan and name a teddybear Muhammad.
When I ponder the rippling effects the new learning curve is going to have on the stock market, I shudder--and we have to pay to have this done to us.