In a world that moves at Internet speed, it's difficult to believe that Microsoft Office has been around, in one version or another, for more than a decade. With a user base that's measured in the tens of millions, it's also difficult to imagine that anyone is seeing Word, Excel, and the rest of Office for the first time. But absorbing the changes in a new version can be a daunting task.
If you work for a large corporation or just never found a particularly compelling reason to upgrade, you might have skipped over a version or two to get to Office XP. If you've previously used Office 97, you have a lot to absorb, because Microsoft has made dramatic changes to Office in the four years since that program was released.