It's usually pretty hard to get excited about the new releases of Microsoft Office. In my view, the product has only made incremental improvements since Office 97. However, I must admit that I went "oooohhhh and ahhhhhh" a little bit when I saw the screenshots of Office 12 in this Q&A on the new interface. I like the more simplified look, and several buttons and functions seem to be in more intuitive places. This might be the first release of Office that I'm actually looking forward to in a long time.
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