Some say that PowerPoint ruins creativity but I say that is unfair. PowerPoint’s’ only crime is to offer a range of fantastic features that can add visual impact, inject energy and increase interest and understanding into a presentation but only if used judiciously. Your arm is not twisted to use every feature just because you can.
Do you remember when Excel was thought of as a piece of software suited only to geeks? Well nowadays nothing could be further from the truth as Microsoft strives to make Excel more accessible to a greater number of users and dispel that nerdy image with some very smart features and user friendly interface. It is probably the most flexible Microsoft application and can be used for just about any job in hand.
Microsoft Word is around 27 years old and there have been many versions in that time of which the latest is version 2010.
Upgrades of Word come in pairs and Word 2007 represented a big change to the user interface (from v2003) and introduced some new functionality. Word 2010 consolidated those changes and introduced some additional features. There are many subtle differences between 2007 and 2010 but not the radical changes there were in the previous upgrade.
There are various points of view and motivations for when and if to upgrade to the latest Microsoft offerings. Improvements in upgrades are always up for debate but Office 2007 was a radical change from 2003 and Office 2010 (the latest version) just continues that trend. However the next version of Office, code-named “Office 15”, is rumoured to hit general availability in early 2013 but I will keep you posted.