SPTimes (link dead), the highlight of the features and functionalities in Office 2007 include:
- ScreenTips: No longer wonder what an icon represents, even if it has an identifying word when a mouse cursor is placed on it. ScreenTips give more information about functions. So the Insert Caption icon has an explanation that says: “A caption is a line of text that appears underneath an object or other image to describe it.”
- Galleries: Office goes visual, letting people see their choices on-screen before they make a selection. That eliminates dropdown menus that made people repeat the process if they didn’t like their choice.
- Toolbars: They don’t disappear. In fact, a couple have been added for convenience. The Mini Toolbar will fade in and out over highlighted text, providing the most frequently used formatting commands. The Quick Access Toolbar includes a few top commands and works throughout a program.
- Antiphishing security: In Internet Explorer 7 in Vista, the address bar will change color based on the security rating of the Web site: Green is good, yellow indicates a site that may need more checking and red means it’s a high-risk site.
- A new Outlook: Microsoft has substantially overhauled the calendar and planner in the e-mail program, replacing it with a To-Do Bar. It includes color-coding tasks by priority, as well as sharing calendars with others on a network.
- A plug-in boost: System requirements to run Vista are substantial. We’re likely going to recommend a minimum of 2 gigabytes of random access memory to run the full version of Vista. Vista will run on less, but not all features will work. Two features will help in this area: SuperFetch manages the system’s RAM, and ReadyBoost lets people plug in a USB flash memory stick, which the system will read as extra RAM.
- Live View function which automatically show how a document, presentation or chart will look simply by clicking on what amounts to a palette at the top of the screen.
- File dropdown function in the menu bar at the top been replaced by an Office Button and a new “Ribbon” that will bring many features to the top of the program’s window.