Do I need worry about a performance hit if I upgrade to Office 2007?

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  1. reynald

    reynald Registered Member

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    Amazon’s got a sweet deal on the Office Professional upgrade right now -- $270, and you get $75 of that back in credit for future Amazon purchases. I’m considering making the jump, but I’ve heard some stories about slowness with Outlook 2007, though some were on early versions and I don’t know if the problems were resolved. If I can expect a performance hit with Outlook 2007, that would be enough to kill the deal for me. Anyone have any advice either pro or con? I’m running XP, 3 GHz-Pentium 4, plenty of RAM & hard disk space.
     
  2. Eagle Creek

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    Hi Reynald,

    Personally I haven't experienced any decrease in performance whatsoever, compared to Office 2003.
    Maybe you can first try Office before buying it:
    Office 2007 Trial
    Office 2007 Demo
     
  3. gerardwil

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    Is Outlook a must have?

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  4. Peter2150

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    I am using all of Office 2007, and love it. No performance hit, I could measure.

    Pete
     
  5. Aaron Here

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    Sorry, but I disagree with just about everyone here on this. I've been using MS Office since Office XP, upgrading to Office 2003 and to Office 2007 (last year). Each newer edition gets more bloated and slower than the previous edition, so Office 2007 is the most bloated and imho, the slowest yet. Furthemore, I prefer the older menu-button bars to the new (2007) version.
     
  6. Eagle Creek

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    Well, I agree at the bloated and old menu part. But personally I couldn't detect any decrease in performance (so far).

    That's why I would advice reynald to install and use the demo, that way he can see for himself if Office 2007 is what he wants.

    I've liked Office 2000 a lot but had bad experiences with Office XP. I got all sort of errors and Word and Outlook kept crashing. Then Office 2003 came out and after trying it out for some while, I decided I wanted to keep it.

    At my own desktop I'm not using Office 2007 yet, but still Office 2003. I'm using Office 2007 at my laptop, which isn't my primary computer: so it's in fact a sort of testing. I'm not really a great fan of the ribbon either, and some changes in 2k7 compared to 2k3 are not making any sense, but his question was only about speed :).
     
  7. Threedog

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    Not really Gerard. If you just want to do email you don't need it but if you want to use the PIM features if it then its excellent. Thats the reason I haven't migrated to another email client or switched totally to another office suite although along with Office 2003 I also use Word Perfect and Open Office.

    On the subject of Office 2007. I tried the trial. Hated it and it definately ran slower than Office 2003. I never tried Office XP. I never seen anything in it I liked or would use over Office 2000. When 2003 came out I got it mainly because of the much improved Outlook.
     
  8. reynald

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    Thanks for the feedback, everyone. Consensus: mixed. If I could ask a few follow-ups of those who said they have, or have not, noticed sluggish performance with Office 2007 (particularly Outlook), this might help me decide:

    1. Are you running XP or Vista?
    2. What’s your processor type/speed?
    3. Did you upgrade from Office 2003 on the same PC?

    Many thanks!
    P.S. Eagle Creek, thanks for the suggestion of trying the demo, which I’d normally do, but this special offer expires after 2 Feb., which doesn’t allow enough time for a trial.
     
  9. DevilFrank

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    That´s the right question Reynald. I did use Office2007 on a P4 with 2GB RAM and XP-Pro - and I was not quite satisfied with them. Slow and clumsy. When I set up my Vista Ultimate 64 on this machine Office2007 is flying now.
     
  10. Peter2150

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    I am using office 2007 on two fast gaming level rigs, both using XP Pro. They are also in my vista image, with no better performance.

    I upgraded from office 2003 to office 2007 on the same machines, and I didn't see any performance difference.

    Yes the new ribbons took some getting used to, but the feature enhancements in some of the programs made things a whole lot easier for my business work.

    Pete
     
  11. tgell

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    If you have a student at home. You can get a student discount through many sites. Gradware has Office Professional 2007 for $169.99.

    Code:
    http://www.gradware.com/product/view/784349
     
  12. Eagle Creek

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    I'm using Office 2007 Professional Plus at my laptop.
    Specs:
    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo-processor T7250 (2Ghz)
    DDR2 SDRAM (2 x 1024 MB)
    5400RPM disk.
     
  13. zfactor

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    2007 runs great no performance hit at all..
     
  14. Escalader

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    I doubt you will have a problem. But before you install it clean up your system, CCleaner and defrag will make a difference. Also shut down as many windows services as you can. Use Blackvipers web site at http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm

    Also you can run Free for personal use, other users see http://www.pcdecrapifier.com.


    YOU SHOULD BACKUP YOUR KEY USER FILES BEFORE DOING ANY OF THESE STEPS. EVEN BETTER TAKE A CLEAN IMAGE SO YOU CAN RESTORE IF NEEDED
     
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    I did suffer a small performance decrease, not hardware wise, but work productivity wise.

    I am used to many of the keyboard shortcuts in Excel and Word, and the new 2007 seemed to have either changed the keyboard shortcuts or disabled a few of them. I now have to click the appropriate buttons to insert lines, cells, etc. It marginally slowed down each task I was doing slowing my entire work process by I'd say around 25%. Maybe this is because I am still new to ths software, so I am not familiar with where to find all the appropriate buttons are.
     
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    With your machine there should be no performance hit. Using a P4 2.4 512 ram and old 75gig IDE drive it is clear that 2003 is faster than 2007 but not slow enough to be an issue. On a machine that is not 5 years old there should be no measurable hit at all.

    Is outlook a must have - YES . Initially I hated the changes - especially to the to do list -- now I wouldn't go back. The new file format is a pain for me as not supported within Paperport but until they catch up I find I can still use compatability mode.

    Go for it.
     
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    @reynald,

    If you are now using Office 2K3, I say 'stand pat'. I don't see any practical advantages to Office 2K7 (and I don't care for its GUI), so why pay anything to upgrade? If you don't already own 2K3, that's another matter.

    Fwiw, on my laptop (PentM 1.8GHz, 1GB RAM) Outlook 2K7 definitely takes noticeably longer to open (on its first use after bootup) than did Outlook 2K3.
     
  18. Eagle Creek

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    Personally I think Office 2003 is the best since Office 2000. And in some ways even better dan 2007.
     
  19. Peter2150

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    It kind of depends on what you are doing. At first glance I didn't see any real differences, but then I found a couple of under the hood changes in both excel, and access, that allowed me to almost completely restructure my scheduling work in my business. I don't use Word enough to know what changed there.

    Pete
     
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