Tuesday, February 12, 2008

It’s Official

I'm a complete geek. In case there was any question, today I've officially become a member of Nerds 'R' Us. I am totally geeking out right now because I'm actually blogging to you from the brand new Microsoft Office Word 2007. Why I would need to do this, I don't know, because I don't generally blog from work anyway. The point is that I'm just so excited about this hugely improved version of Microsoft Office I can barely contain my excitement! We had a training session this morning and I had the whole package installed by about 11:45 a.m. Our software guru indicated that he wanted those of us here in the computer nerd department (or more exactly, Information Systems and Services) to be testing and familiarizing ourselves with all of the applications before we unleash the package in the rest of the office, so as I blog today I'm actually sort of working! :)    

I was never a huge fan of Word in the past, but I put up with its annoyances and idiosyncrasies because of its compatibility with Excel, in which I work quite frequently. When I wanted to do something creative or the least bit artistic, however, I always resorted to WordPerfect because I found it to be much more flexible and user-friendly. I'm hopeful that with these massive changes in the new MS Office suite, switching back and forth will be a thing of the past for me!

I have to say that my favorite thing about the new Word is that it's just so visually attractive. This new "ribbon" type toolbar is just so darn pretty. Of course, there are other more practical advantages. Formatting is a breeze and things are organized logically. Fonts and formatting templates can be viewed on the fly, and tables and graphics are easy to insert. When I went to open my first new document, I found an existing template for "New blog post" and started typing immediately. I have no idea what this is going to look like when I actually do hit the publish button, but of course I couldn't resist giving it a try!

Just check out some of these cool things that the new Word makes readily available:

Thousands of pieces of clipart…and I just searched for dogs!

An easy way to insert pictures and add effects—this is an old one that just happened to be on my computer.

Tons of crazy, customizable "smart art."


As you can probably imagine, I could go on and on with all of the fancy features. If you want to see a demo for yourself, you can watch a cool flash presentation that Microsoft has online. If you want to buy the whole package for yourself and you're a student, you're in luck, because students can get all of MS Office for like $69. For us normal people, purchasing the same package for our home computers would cost over $600. Get it while you can, students!

I'm dying to know what this is going to look like when I hit publish, so that's all for now! Your comments about my nerdiness are welcome and fully expected! :)


Paula Sloan said...

I can't wait to get it on my computer either Kim. I guess I'm a nerd right along with you!

kjl said...

Thanks for the comment, P! It's nice knowing that I'm not alone in my excitement! :)

Erin said...

Even though I don't use it as much since I'm not working outside of the home I do love MS Office. I used it all the time at Dell. Love Powerpoint. I'm excited to see the new and improved Word. I actually still use it at home.

Anonymous said...

WEll,I may be more advanced that I thought. I have used it at work and I love putting power points together, but i am still very poor with adding cartoons for example. i have signed up for a new class, too. SA