Office Professional Edition 2003 can help you and your organization communicate information with immediacy and impact. New, yet familiar programs help you build connections between people, information, and business processes.
Office Professional Edition 2003 Contains:
• Outlook with Business Contact Manager
Improve business processes
Support for industry-standard Extensible Markup Language (XML) lets you exchange and use data from a variety of sources.
Collaborate using Windows� SharePoint� Services
Coordinate project schedules and meetings more easily by using Meeting Workspaces. Use Document Workspaces to collaborate on and review documents.
Manage e-mail more effectively
Outlook 2003 with Business Contact Manager lets you store, analyze, and report contact information and sales opportunities.
Help protect sensitive documents and e-mail
Information rights management (IRM) functionality helps protect sensitive files and e-mail messages from unauthorized access and use.
Collect information quickly and accurately
Use Microsoft Office InfoPath� to create rich, dynamic forms that collect information from multiple sources.
If you are familiar with Office 2000, or Office XP, you will find the 2003 edition very easy to grasp. With a similar layout to the previous versions, but with some nifty new features tucked away too, this package clearly displays it's new strengths, without compromising the efficiency of the interface.
Gone is the annoying little critter-of-your-choice the Office Assistant. It has been replaced with a discrete web-style help dialog built into the top right corner of the main window. Still continuing with the 'plain language questions' approach to help-systems, this has to be a definite improvement, one I am very glad to see.
My personal main-usage application in the suite, Publisher, has undergone a dramatic upgrade, and would now be one of the most useful, quick-layout DTP applications I have ever used. OK, it's no QuarkXpress or InDesign, but it is even more 'the right tool for the job' when you need to string up a flyer, poster, newsletter, etc. I especially like the calendar wizard, very handy in my line of work.
Word has also gained a significant boost in it's productivity, the layout is more in-line with the rest of the suit, meaning a more common, comfortable transition between applications.
Excel and Access have, at first glance, received only cosmetic upgrades, however the processing and calculating speeds have increased noticeably, and the formulae get recalculated, optimising their processing efficiency too.
I didn't test Outlook or Powerpoint, since I hardly ever use those applications, but I did have a quick peek at them and was impressed with the look and feel of them.
Overall, a stunning new upgrade, well worth investigating for any small or SOHO business, advanced home user or corporate suite.
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