I recently found out that Microsoft has made avaliable Microsoft Office Professional Edition Plus 2007 Beta 2 for download. The new version of office boasts some really cool new features and is so much better than previous versions. You have to download the beta and try it out for yourself. Microsoft in the past in my opinion have really had a hard time with developing a useful user interface for the Office productivity suite ever since we first started using Word for Windows back in the day. Well, have times changed and Office 2007 (codenamed Office 12) puts those jabs at its usability to bed for good. They have completely redesigned the interface of all the components of the office suite with a more task friendly feel. Now, when we launch Word 2007, we aren't given a bland old display of paper with an unelegant toolbar atop. Instead we are greeted with a nice new look and feel with some great new graphic changes that are more task oriented than ever.
If I select a piece of text to say change the formatting of that text, I no longer have to select it then move my mouse all the way to the top of the screen to change formatting, now all I do is select the text, and as I move my mouse a smaller font panel fades into view right there beside my selected text. No more moving around all over the place!
It is the little things like this that have really impressed me with Office 2007. Instead of reading about what I have to say, go follow the link above, download it and test it out for yourselves. You will not be dissapointed.