Windows Vista *does not* equal Office 2007

Say it with me, folks: Windows Vista *does not* equal Office 2007.  Repeat it again (and again).  Everyone got it?  Please pass along the news.  This is important.


Why the rant on this, you ask?  Because the “uninformed” have officially driven me nuts with this.  Yet another co-worker of mine was stating that “he really thought Vista was fine, except that the new Word was hard to get his arms around.”.  It was clear during the conversation that to him Windows Vista and Office 2007 were one-and-the-same.  They are not, folks.  They are not.  You can use Vista with Office 2003, if you like, and you can use Office 2007 with Windows XP.  They are not mutually inclusive.  I promise you.

The bigger issue here, perhaps, is that Microsoft unveiled two major upgrades at the same time, and that might not have been the wisest idea.  When your OS (Windows) and your Productivity Suite (Office) both have 90%+ of the market share, even small changes are noticed by a whole lotta people.  Big changes, such as in the case of the Vista and Office 2007 releases, are felt that much more.  In my opinion, the pill may have gone down easier if the releases had been staggered a bit better.  As it is, many folks upgraded to Vista and Office 2007 at the same time.  The UI changes rocked their world a bit too much, and confusion set in.

Just my $.02 here, and I personally really enjoy both products.  That said, the average consumer can only handle so much change at one time.



3 Responses to “Windows Vista *does not* equal Office 2007”

  1. 1 kdogg1 December 16, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Too funny! You know I was reading the Catalog for Kirkland Parks and Rec and found a class on Excel. It’s some new fandangled version of Excel called, “Excel Vista” see below…

    Intro to Excel Vista NEW
    Learn what’s new in Excel Vista. Become acquainted with
    the Ribbon and how to use it easily. Discover the ability
    to handle massive spreadsheets up to 1 million rows long
    and 16.000 columns wide, create formulas, use autofill,
    and review move, copy, print, and spell check commands.
    See actual thumbnail images of open documents on the
    Instructor: Doris Ford Q 5 classes Q Min 3 / Max 5
    Sr Resident $44 / Sr Non-Resident $53
    Non-Sr Resident $63 / Non-Sr Non-Resident $76
    24742 Wed 2:30–4:30pm Jan 14–Feb 11

  2. 2 yipcanjo December 16, 2008 at 12:20 am


    “Excel Vista”, huh? Nice find! I also like how you can “become acquainted with the Ribbon”. 🙂 That stuff is a crack-up.

    You taking the class, then? Sounds like “Doris” is pretty spot-on with technology… 😉

  3. 3 kdogg1 December 16, 2008 at 12:33 am

    Ha! Not a chance. I wish I could cuz then I’d really give them a piece of my mind. 😉

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