Breezing through the options, our fastest installation of MS Office 2007 took no more than 20 minutes on a Windows XP computer. However, settle into your chair if you’re curious about the fine print. We spent 40 minutes just skimming the 10,379-word End User License Agreement and stopped before we could understand it all. Here are some of the highlights: You’re allowed to install Office 2007 software on two computers; you must agree to download updates whenever Microsoft decides you need them; and Microsoft may verify your license key at any time to make sure that you’re not using pirated software. We wished that Microsoft better explained the Internet-based services Office 2007 can connect to MS Office 2010.
When we chose to customise the installation on another PC, the process was more involved. It’s too bad that while this process lets you handpick which items to install, it doesn’t explain what you’ll miss if you reject, say, Office Tools(deadwood dvd ). And while Microsoft displays your available hard drive space as well as how much of that is needed by your selected set of applications, there’s no indication of the size of each individual application and you’re left to your subtraction skills here. In the end, we installed everything available.
From that point on, loading the Office suite onto our hard drive took 15 minutes flat. Office Standard 2007 is smaller than its predecessors, at about 3GB. Unlike the Windows Vista operating system, the new Office does not demand the newest hardware. Office 2007 is supposed to work the same whether running on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, or Windows 7 Professional . At a minimum, you’ll need to have Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 or Windows XP SP2 on a 500MHz processor with 256MB of RAM (512MB or more for Outlook with Business Contact Manager, which comes in the Small Business, Professional, and doctor who dvd). However, of course, this rules out those still using older versions of Windows.
Although the terms of the EULA were less than transparent, we were pleased that Microsoft offered the least intrusive installation settings by default. For example, Privacy Options leaves it up to users to hook up to online Help automatically, as well as to download a file that continually tracks system problems. No Office 2007 shortcuts appeared on our desktop or in our system tray, either.(eli stone) The Office Shortcut Bar — a feature that disappeared in the 2003 version — is back, located within the Office Tools menu.