Is it worthwhile to upgrade from Office 2000 to Office XP?
Thread poster: Jacqueline McKay

Jacqueline McKay  Identity Verified
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Apr 3, 2003

Hello all,



I am thinking about upgrading from Office 2000 to Office XP. Would it be worthwhile for me to do so?

My current set-up is: Windows XP Professional Edition and Office 2000.



Would you advise me to stick to Office 2000 or to upgrade to Office XP?

Does Office XP still contain a few bugs?

Is it compatible with Trados? With which versions?



Best Regards,

Jacqueline McKay


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Alexander Chisholm  Identity Verified
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Don't upgrade for the sake of it. Apr 3, 2003

Hi.



I used office 2000 for years and found it great. I upgraded to XP because there was a particular feature that was supported better on XP then on previous office versions (one for example is the TM program MetaTexis).



In addition, I receive a lot of help and support from my old colleagues at IBM, and through them and others we have lots of contacts with Office users circles. Efectively, this means that all the help/support etc. gets focussed on the newer products (in this case then O XP), with the older products gradually being sideleined. This another reason why I also decided to go for XP.



However, if you are happy with O 2K and are fully productive then think twice before an upgrade. Remember, you will always loose some time getting used to the new \"features\" or bugs etc. and so you will need to account for this.



I personally, have found O XP to be great. Stable, well thought out and well integrated between the various apps. It seems MS are gradually getting some things right, although there will always be aspects that some people do not agree with. For example check which version of XP you want to buy, and ensure it is not missing any of the components you previously used in O 2K (publisher for example).



If you want to check out some of this information, by far the best web resource is a collection of newsletters and other resources ran by a guy called Woody Leonhard (check the spelling) called Woodys Office Watch, there you will find all the info you need. They also support office back to ver. 97 so you will also be able to get some feed back regarding comparisons etc. The web address is www.woodyswatch.com - there you will find support tips etc. aimed at ALL levels and for almost all MS products.



Good luck.



Sandy


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Williamson  Identity Verified
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Office2003 Apr 3, 2003

The release of Office2003 has been announced for May, 2003. If you wait another month you can directly upgrade to Office2003. I do not know about its compatibility with Trados.

XP is compatible with Trados. Did not experience a lot of problems with it.


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Arnaud HERVE  Identity Verified
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useless I think Apr 3, 2003




I installed office XP because I got it for free (yes someone had forgotten the CD in a drawer).



I found nothing really necessary compared to 2000. The appearance is better.



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Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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Go for XP Apr 3, 2003

Both Win and Office. I have already forgotten how 2K looks like, but XP has many advantegous features, e.g., font preview from font menu, you can acess meny open documents (all are shown on your bottom toolbar, just a click away)and many more...
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lien
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YES! Apr 3, 2003

Do not upgrade, throw out 2000 and install XP. Never \"hang up\" since. And have a lot of fun!



Lien


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PAS  Identity Verified
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The sad truth Apr 4, 2003

is that with each new version of Office Bill adds something trivial that you later cannot live without if you ever have to work on a previous version...



For example, O97 was unable to merge two cells in a table vertically. O2K can. I\'m sure OXP also has additional bells and whistles.



Otherwise, you just have to attempt to read the sales pitch for the new version _objectively_ and see if it has anything that will really improve your work. I\'ve also been using O2K for years and have no urge to upgrade (I use Win 2K).



The only upgrade I would consider (if you have not done so already) is to upgrade from Windows 98 to XP. Or, better yet, save the money and buy yourself something nice



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