In early 2009, I upgraded from Microsoft Office 2003 Professional to Office 2007 Professional, using the Upgrade package. It’s taken me quite a while to do upgrade. Duh! It’s the 2007 version!
My intent had always been to upgrade as soon as I found that I would be using Office 2007 at work in my "day job." All of a sudden, it happened.
First, my wife told me that she’s using Office 2007 at work and that she likes it, but wants to know more about it. So, I decided it was time to retire her Office XP Small Business Edition OEM editions and to get her a full retail Office 2007 Small Business Edition (she doesn’t want or need Access). That way, when I upgrade her PC to a new motherboard and processor, I can move Office 2007 to her newly upgraded PC (or even new PC) while still complying with the End User License Agreement.
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), now called "System Builder," copies of Office are licensed for one specific new computer and the license does not permit transferring the software to another computer. Basically, you trade the transferability rights of the retail version for a cheaper price on the OEM/System Builder license.
So, I ordered her a retail copy of Office 2007 SBE. I planned to work on her PC occasionally to learn a little about Office 2007.
In the previous week’s online newsletter, I had a How To article on creating underlined fields in forms, and discussed both Office 2003 and Office 2007 — and in writing that article, I discovered that I liked the new version a lot more than I expected I would. After all, it was just an update with a new and changing ribbon interface for commands, wasn’t it?
Naturally, the day after I ordered my wife’s Office 2007 copy, I found that we were shifting to Office 2007 at work…so I had to order mine as a separate order.
Since I had a retail copy of Office 2003 Professional, I knew I could transfer it to another PC. So, I was able to save money by purchasing the Upgrade version of Office 2007 Professional instead of another retail copy. Fortunately, shipping was free.
Read that week’s online newsletter for my initial comments and observations on Office 2007.