Here’s a little something I recently discovered….there are two different versions of Outlook 2007 that are available within the 8 different versions of the Microsoft Office 2007 suites that you have to choose from. I’m including a link to a very helpful document Microsoft offers detailing what you need to know. The purpose of this paper is to describe the primary differences between two editions of Outlook 2007—Office Outlook 2007 Standard and Office Outlook 2007 Professional.
I’m having a hard enough time figuring out which version of the Office 2007 suites I want. Since I’m a big SharePoint Services user, features offering the greatest integration functionality with Outlook will be driving my decision. More than likely it will be Office Ultimate 2007.
However, I would like to point out that the two coolest features for me in Outlook 2007 “professional” are Workflow Integration and Integrated InfoPath Email Forms. I’ve been chomping at the bit to dig into them and explore thier uses within my business.
What was a real surprise to me was that Outlook 2007 “professional” is NOT the version that comes with Office Small Business 2007 or Office Professional 2007. Why is that I wonder? Doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.
So a word of caution when you get around to purchasing the new Microsoft Office 2007…DO YOUR RESEARCH FIRST. Use the articles and documents available to you and figure out which of the bells and whistles you REALLY want, then determine which Office 2007 suite provides them to you. There are some FANTASTIC new features and I would hate to think you would be missing out just because you didn’t have the information you needed to make an informed decision in your purchase.
Here’s some other links that will help you figure out what’s available:
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