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As good as my Word…

One thing I love is change upgrade. I love it, I really do. I itch with excitement when a new version of a product comes out. I count down the days until a new piece of software is launched. I keep my computers up to date with the latest version of everything that is on them. Yes, I am that nerdy…

However, sometimes I forget that not everyone is as keen to move on. Let’s take MS Office as an example- it’s a core product to most things done in school, but it has a product refresh every 3 or 4 years. The move from Office 97 to 2000 was fine, 2000 to 2003 also fine, but 2000 to 2007 was a dramatic change for users. Gone was the long menu driven layout in favour of a “ribbon” layout divided into related tasks. It took me a good month or so to adjust, but I now love this layout. Others I’ve spoken to are not as keen; some on a usability basis, some on a resources implication for prepared pupil support notes.

Office 2007 Ribbon

One of the best resources I’ve found are the Interactive Office 2003 to 2007 guides:

Powerpoint

Word

Excel

They are fully interactive- do what you would do in 2003 and it will show you how to do it in 2007. Everyone I’ve shown them to has loved them!

So what next? Well Office 2010 is out and some of our schools will be moving to this in the next few months. Why? Well, the video embedding, the blogging, the collaboration tools, the image editing, I could go on! I love change…

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