Microsoft Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh

16Sep06

Microsoft Office LogoThe 2007 Microsoft Office System, also known as Microsoft Office 2007, is Microsoft’s next release of its productivity suite, slated to replace Microsoft Office 2003. Microsoft Office 2007, formerly known as Office 12 in the initial stages of its beta cycle, is scheduled to be released in November 2006.

MS Word 2007 Beta 2 TR MS Excel 2007 Beta 2 TR

Microsoft has officially released the Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh on September 14, 2006.In Beta 2 Technical Refresh (Beta2TR). It includes an updated user interface, better accessibility support, improvements in the robustness of the platform, and greater functionality.

User Interface It replaces the File menu and provides access to functionality common across all Office applications, including but not limited to Opening, Saving, Printing, and Sharing a file. Users can also choose color schemes for the interface.

MS Office 2007 Toolbar
Microsoft Office 2007 Toolbar

The Ribbon The traditional menus and toolbars have been replaced by the Ribbon – a new device that presents commands organized into a set of tabs. Each application has a different set of tabs which expose the functionality that application offers. For example, while Excel has a tab for the Graphing capabilities, Word does not feature the same. Instead it has tabs to control the formatting of the document. Within each tab, various related options may be grouped together. The Ribbon is designed to make the features of the application more discoverable and accessible with fewer mouse clicks as compared to the menu-based UI used until Office 2003.

MS Word 2007 Ribbon
The Ribbon in Office Word 2007. View a larger image.

Some tabs, called Contextual Tabs, appear only when certain objects are selected. Contextual Tabs expose functionality specific only to the object with focus. For example, selecting a picture brings up the Pictures tab, which presents options for dealing with the picture. Similarly, focusing on a table exposes table-related options in a specific tab. Contextual tab remain hidden when the object it works on are not selected.

Minimized Ribbon in Word 2007 Beta 2 TR

You can hide the Ribbon by double-clicking the active tab, or by pressing CTRL+F1.

Galleries The heart of the redesigned applications. Galleries provide users with a set of clear results to choose from when working on their document, spreadsheet, presentation, or Access database. By presenting a simple set of potential results, rather than a complex dialog box with numerous options, Galleries simplify the process of producing professional looking work. The traditional dialog box interfaces are still available for those wishing a greater degree of control over the result of the operation.

Live Preview Microsoft Office 2007 also introduces a feature called “Live Preview”, which temporarily applies formatting on the focused text or object, when any formatting button is moused-over. The temporary formatting is removed when the mouse pointer is moved from the button. This allows users to have a preview of how the option would affect the appearance of the object, without actually applying it.

Mini Toolbar Mini toolbar, which pops up near the selected text whenever some text is selected, provides easy access to most used formatting commands. When the mouse pointer is away from it, the toolbar becomes semi-transparent to allow almost unobstructed view of what’s beneath. But when the mouse pointer moves over it, it becomes opaque and ready for use. It also appears above the right-click menu when a user right-clicks on a selection of words.

File Formats Microsoft Office will use a new file format, OpenXML as the default file format. It is based on XML and uses the ZIP file container. According to Microsoft, this file format, which is compressed, will be up to 75% smaller than the current Microsoft Office file formats. Microsoft had initially announced that it will support export to Portable Document Format in Office 2007. However, due to legal objections from Adobe Systems, Office 2007 will not have PDF support out of the box, but rather as a separate free download. Office 2007 documents can also be exported as XPS documents, via a plug-in that also has to be separately downloaded.The 2007 Microsoft Office system includes

Microsoft Office Word 2007 is a program that helps people create and share great-looking documents by combining a comprehensive set of writing tools with an easy-to-use interface.

Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 is a messaging client that gives you a comprehensive time and information manager, putting you in control of the tools you need to prioritize, organize, and search information.

Microsoft Office Excel 2007
is a powerful spreadsheet program you can use to analyze, share, and manage information to help you make more informed decisions.

Microsoft Office Access 2007
is a database management program that helps information workers quickly track, report, and share information with ease using the Web in a manageable environment.

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 is a presentation program that gives you the tools to quickly create dynamic, great-looking presentations using the new graphics capabilities, formatting tools, and an easy-to-use interface.

Microsoft Office OneNote 2007 is a flexible software program that provides people one place to gather virtually any type of information, powerful search to find what they are looking for quickly and easy-to-use collaborative tools so that they have a solution to information overload and can work together more effectively.

Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 is an application for creating rich, dynamic forms that teams and organizations can use to gather and share information helping streamline business processes and improve information gathering throughout your organization.

Microsoft Office Visio 2007 is a diagramming and data visualization solution that makes it easy for IT and business professionals to visualize, analyze, and communicate complex information, systems, and processes.

Microsoft Office Publisher 2007 is a business publishing and marketing materials desktop print and Web publishing application program that brings together all the tools you need to create and distribute for efficient and effective publications for print, Web, and e-mail.

Microsoft Office Project 2007 is a family of project planning products designed to address the work and people management needs of today’s organizations.

Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 is a Web site development and management program that provides tools to build, customize, and contribute to SharePoint sites using the latest Web design technologies and established standards in an IT-controlled environment.

Overall, the UI is pretty cool and I just love the new Microsoft Office system 2007.

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14 Responses to “Microsoft Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh”

  1. 1 shoukry elzaalok

    i hope it’s better software than befor

  2. 2 shoukry elzaalok

    maybe this beta will be very good

  3. With the new Office (the 2007) design, look & feel, Microsoft have made a giant leap. True that it takes time to get use to the new ribbon and to get around quickly.. But once you are familiar with it, you rock!

    We do a lot of researches on the web, and using Excel macros,
    we have improved our research speed in 30%. That huge!!

    Using OneNote have improved our research information control (nothing get lost now) and with the sharing files abilities, now everyone can contribute to the project.

    So to summary it all, we are more then happy with the tools that comes in the Office 2007.
    We looking forward to the new one… ;)

    With the SP2 support for open source files,
    our CRM improved since we don’t have to “fight”
    with our clients anymore :)

    The 2007 was a great investment with benefits to us.

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