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Microsoft Office 97 Professional Edition
||Users' Rating: 1 (10
Although itís far from
perfect, an honest reviewer must say up front that the Office suite has
come a long way over the years. While thereís still some distance to be
travelled before they form a completely seamless suite, the individual
components are looking pretty sharp.
Thereís Word, the standard in
word processing thatís changed only modestly from the 95 version.
Thereís Excel, the spreadsheet program that even the greenest of
users can use to produce good-looking spreadsheets.
PowerPoint, the presentation program that produces sharp presentations in
Thereís Access, a database application that deserves wider
use by regular folks.
Thereís also Outlook, a combination
calendar, e-mail, address book program that could be laid out better, but
still has a handy combination of functions.
And thereís Bookshelf
Basics, a miniature version of Microsoftís reference package, including a
dictionary, thesaurus and book of quotations.
On top of all that,
you get 3,000 clip-art images, 150 fonts and Internet Explorer (hands up,
anyone who hasnít received three or four copies bundled with just about
Microsoft Office 97 Professional Edition is an
impressive package. Those who donít have use for a database might want to
get a lesser version of the Office suite, but think first about your CD or
book collection or other hobby that involves lots of stuff that needs to
be tracked. Access is a much better choice than a spreadsheet for that
kind of use.
This package is more powerful than most home users
will ever know. But thatís OK - better too much potential that not enough.
Itís probably true that, Office 97ís improvements over Office 95
are modest enough to make this the upgrade to skip and wait for the next
one. But if youíre starting from scratch, this is a package worth looking
at. Even if you do hate Microsoft.
Published by Microsoft
Computer platform: Win