Goes down Vista's very sensible route of hard knocks.
With Vista now a bedded in senior in the school of public beta testing it has taken little Office 2007 under its wing and is prepping it for a month of wedgies, name calling and stolen lunch money.
Unlike its big OS brother however Office will not be distributed via download onto the PCs of the great unwashed but rather ‘test driven’ online through the Internet Explorer web browser.
Now I know using IE is enough to make a person feel dirty all over (I had to take a long shower afterwards) but if you can stomach the indignity then you’ll be treated to a completely interactive preview of every single programme to be included in the new suite. This includes 2007 editions of Access 2007, Excel, InfoPath, OneNote, Outlook, Outlook with Business Contact Manager, Outlook Web Access, PowerPoint, Project Professional, Publisher, SharePoint Designer, Visio, Word, Windows SharePoints Services and SharePoint Server. The only absentee is Project Server which is listed as ‘coming soon’.
The upside in this approach is that you don’t have to risk conflicting your current Office installation with the new beta, the downside is the momentous waiting times the ‘Test Drive’ has generated. As you can see above I was stuck on 172 minutes, but intrepid little news bloodhound that I am sat it out so I could grab you some screenies.
Check them out below, and see if they convince you to part with a few hundred notes or just impart the desire to give it a dead arm and kick its bike…