I recently made a small change to my computer, which resulted in a surprising increase in my satisfaction in using it.
No, it wasn’t a new processor, new motherboard, more memory or a faster video card.
I upgraded from Microsoft Office 2007 to Microsoft Office 2010.
This was a time where waiting until I was forced to upgrade Office wasn’t really my best move.
So, why did I wait, and why did I upgrade? And, of course, why didn’t I upgrade all the way to Office 2013 or Office 365?
Well, the answer is simple. I learned long ago that, if I used a different version of Office at home than I used at the office, then I would be constantly frustrated by the "are you sure?" and "not compatible" warning messages.
So, I stayed with Office 2007 Professional at home until my office notebook got upgraded from Windows XP / Office 2007 to Windows 7 / Office 2010.
There’s the answer in a nutshell — the ultimate compatibility is when you use the same program and not something that " will also read and save in that format."
Even though I installed Office 2010 and kept Office 2007 on the same computer (except Outlook, which is only the latest version), I haven’t used Office 2007 since then except to identify where some of my "pinned" files are located.
So, why do I like Office 2010 more?
It just feels better. The Ribbon seems to be laid out a little better. Maybe that’s because they brought back the File menu!
Outlook 2010 now has the Ribbon, too — Outlook 2007 forgot to include the Ribbon.
Word is faster. Excel is faster. In some things, much, much faster…
I have a large spreadsheet that has about 22,000 rows and about 75 columns. Most of the rows (other than headers and some totals and validation checks) are data records that I have to sort in a number of different ways when I’m working with the spreadsheet.
When I wanted to sort the spreadsheet, I’d have to select the data to be sorted by starting a selection in the rightmost column in the last data row, and drag to the top left of the title row. That selection process in Office 2003 and 2007 took about 1.5 minutes with an Intel Core i5 processor.
With Office 2010, Excel simply drags immediately to the top, without having to wait while 22,000 lines scrolled down the screen. It just jumped there. Major time savings…
I like it.
Why didn’t I upgrade at home all the way to Office 2013 or Office 365? See above — the same reason I waited to upgrade to Office 2010 — compatibility.