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Which version of Microsoft Office are you using?

By JodyGilbert ·
We're hoping to find out which version(s) of Microsoft Office are the most prevalent in businesses right now and whether organizations are considering an upgrade. The more we can find out about which version(s) you use, the more we'll be able to tailor our information and resources to cover specific features, functionality, and implementation and support challenges you're likely to encounter. And if it turns out that you're planning an upgrade pretty soon, we can start providing information that will help you get up to speed with the new version, prepare to handle the migration, and help your users stay productive as they make the transition.

The questions below outline what we're hoping to learn:

-- What version of Microsoft Office does your organization currently use?

-- If you're considering an upgrade, when do you plan to implement it? (In the next 3 months, the next 6 months, before the end of the year, etc.)

-- If you are planning an upgrade, which version will it be?

-- If you've already upgraded to XP or 2003, what problems have you encountered? What pros and cons can you share from your experiences so far? What specific features or configuration issues could you use help with?

Any info you can pass along will be very useful.

Thanks,
Jody Gilbert, TechRepublic Senior Editor

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A mixed bag...

by TomSal In reply to Which version of Microsof ...

Mostly we are on 97 still, about 90%.

Another 8% are using 2000, and the "privileged" few (like my department..lol) 2% are running 2003.

Those on 2000 have it because when we bought their systems it came with it. Our copies of 2003 our from our MSDN subscriptions.

But generally speaking, for MOST common office tasks we simply can't find a strong argument on why to take Word and Excel 97 away from our users to upgrade them to the next version. What they have works fine, so why upgrade?

It doesn't help that Microsoft's licensing is still a joke, still caters way too much to HUGE corporations. The "rules" are to be blunt -- "stupid" with their licensing structure. I won't pay $40,000 just so we have updated copies of Word and Excel with more features that are never used.

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Same here

by weze In reply to A mixed bag...

Doing developing, I use what ever my clients use. I don't recommend they update if they don't need to do it. Mostly use 2000 and XP but prefer 2000 -- less problems.

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A mixed bag also

by charlie In reply to A mixed bag...

95% of our users have Office 97. For the simple functionality they need, the cost of upgrading to Office XP, 2000, or 2003 is not worth it. We reserve the Office 2003 for the tech department.
Consistency throughout the company would be nice though.

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A mixed bag

by orvinabbott In reply to A mixed bag...

We have some Open Office.org, some Office 97, some Office 2003, some Office XP. We were sitting on sixty Office 97 licenses for quite sometime and MS wanted to audit us because we hadn't renewed our upgrade licenses. We were running Open Office, Word Perfect Suite and using the Office 97. We had Intuit (Blue Ocean) Trackit software to do our system audits and were able to document what we had installed, thus preventing the complete audit.

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by brucepattinson In reply to A mixed bag...

Office 2000

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Still using several versions

by osumiller In reply to A mixed bag...

We use everything from Office 2000 to Office 2003. Most of the users are on Office XP, but there are a few that are still on 2000, and some have started to be migrated to Office 2003. The nicest thing about 2003 is the new Outlook. We just really like the way it does things now, and the new features available in it. I always hated working on Outlook 2000 when a user had started to set up their e-mail the wrong way.

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Open Office

by zMk In reply to A mixed bag...

I've been using Microsoft Office, until MS Office 2000, but after some departments changed to Linux because of the security flaws that Windows XP had, we start to use OpenOffice since its version 1.1.2.
Right now .. all departments are using (in Windows and Linux), OpenOffice 2.0 (Beta), because it's a cheap, powerful, and very useful alternative to Ms Office ...

Everything that i used to do in MS Office, i can do now in open office, and some things, i can do with much more quickness or easyly. (Like connecting a DB to a MySQL server for example ..)

Everyone should try OpenOffice (Beta version or not ..) for various reasons :
1 - Its free
2 - Its MS Office Compatible
3 - Its easy to use
4 - Its easy to migrate (ex: for older persons its very easy to migrate ...)
5 - The costs with software drop ... a lot ... try it and calculate the numbers ...

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Ofice 2K - Considering Open Office

by CompuGuru In reply to Open Office

I am using a copy of office 2K and like most of you haven't had a good reason to upgrade.

I agree that MS licensing scheme is stupid and I don't understand the appearent greed of the company.

I've downloaded and started using open office and like it very much. I will probably ditch MS Office completely in the near future.

Also considering ditching MS OS's with the release of Vista. I was really pissed when I bought my first laptop with XP Home to discover that I had to upgrade to Pro to get a development web server, unlike 98 which had Personal Web Server for development.

In my opinion the last good products MS delivered were Windows 98SE and Office 97 or 2K. SQL Server was ok until the greed of MS licensing went to CAL's and per processor licensing. It's just BS. Moving all my DB's to MySQL...

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where i get that software

by ronnie5fer In reply to Ofice 2K - Considering Op ...

how i can try with my installer im using the office 2003 intaller for my office in the linux red hat 9 can't install because he display this error /cdrom/win.exe con't visualbe in this system

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Most of my clients have ditched MS office

by Oz_Media In reply to Which version of Microsof ...

MOST of my clients have been using Novell Linux and Open Office as opposed to the old MS Office they used to use.

Absolutely NO compatibility issues, comes included in the Linux fo Desktops install and offers MOST yet not ALL of the tools and features in Office.

When I was rebuilding my personal box a while back, I left ALL office programs off of it and found that Notepad matches Word pretty good, all except a fwe formatting things I needed. I have installed an older copy of MS Office 2K but mainly use open office on my other PC instead.

Damn I hae Microsoft mroe every day when I see that all thesse other programs are catching up to the MS Office system while Office BARELY changes at all, just a few minor tweaks and some new MS integrations that don't really do anything for MOST users.

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