FIGURE 14.6
Managing the to-
do list of a spe-
cific project.
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Introducing Microsoft Office
Microsoft Works isn’t the only software suite
available today. Some manufacturers opt to
include other software suites with their new
PCs; you can also buy these other applications
in standalone versions.
The most-used software suite, especially in the
corporate environment, is Microsoft Office, a
suite of professional-level applications that are
more fully featured than the ones in Works. The
latest version of Microsoft Office is Office 2007,
although the older Office 2003 version is still widely used.
Office Editions
If you’re looking to upgrade to Microsoft Office, know that Microsoft sells several dif-
ferent “editions” of the suite. Each edition contains a different bundle of programs;
which Office programs you get depends on the edition of Office you have:
Microsoft Office 2007 Basic—Includes Microsoft Word (word processor),
Excel (spreadsheet), and Outlook (email and scheduling)
Microsoft Office 2007 Standard—Includes Word, Excel, Outlook, and
PowerPoint (presentations)
tip
If a specific type of project
isn’t listed on the Projects
page, click the Blank Project
button to build your own
custom project and To Do
list.
Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student
Includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and
OneNote (note organizer)
Microsoft Office 2007 Small Business
Includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
(with Business Contact Manager), Publisher
(desktop publishing), and Accounting
Express (small-business accounting)
Microsoft Office 2007 Professional
Includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
(with Business Contact Manager), Publisher,
Accounting Express, and Access (database
management)
Microsoft Office 2007 Professional Plus
Includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook,
Publisher, Access, OneNote, Communicator
(instant messaging), InfoPath (information
gathering), and server-based content and
forms management
Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate—Includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
(with Business Contact Manager), Accounting Express, Publisher, Access,
InfoPath, Groove (workgroup collaboration), OneNote, and various
enterprise-oriented tools
Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise—Includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
Outlook, Publisher, Access, InfoPath, Groove, OneNote, Communicator, and
various enterprise-oriented tools
If your new PC comes with Office 2007 included, chances are it’s the Basic edition.
You can always update to another version to obtain additional Office applications.
The New Office 2007 Interface
Although Microsoft Office doesn’t have a unified launch page, as Works does, all
the Office applications share a common interface. In the older Office 2003, this
interface looked a lot like that of most other Windows applications, as you can see
in Figure 14.7.
In Office 2007, however, Microsoft has upped the ante and provided a completely
revamped program interface. As you can see in Figure 14.8, all Office 2007 inter-
faces do away with toolbars and menu bars, instead offering a collection of function
buttons in a context-sensitive Ribbon. Each Ribbon has a series of tabs; select a
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Another office suite you
might find preinstalled on
some PCs is Corel’s WordPerfect
suite, which includes the
WordPerfect word processor,
Quattro Pro spreadsheet, and
Paradox database program. Some
versions of the WordPerfect suite
also add Intuit’s Quicken personal
finance software.
different tab to view a different collection of function buttons. The Ribbon changes
automatically depending on what type of task you’re currently performing, so the
most common operations should always be at the top of the screen. And all the
Office 2007 applications feature a similar Ribbonized experience; whether you use
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Outlook, the operation is similar.
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FIGURE 14.7
The Office 2003
interface, shown
in Microsoft
Excel.
FIGURE 14.8
The Office 2007
interface (in
Excel), complete
with context-
sensitive Ribbon.

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