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    Reasons To Upgrade (from any to Word 2002)

    I'm soliciting comments from fellow Word users and programmers in response to the question:

    Why upgrade to Word 2002 (from Word 97)?

    I'd appreciate your thoughts.
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    Re: Reasons To Upgrade (from any to Word 2002)

    How can you call anything that contains the Registration/Activation Wizard an Upgrade? That is a throwback to the bad old days of Copy Protection.
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    Re: Reasons To Upgrade (from any to Word 2002)

    If the customer has a volume license agreement with MS, such as the Select program, there is no Activation Wizard. A LAN deployment requires that the product code be entered once. The user never sees or deals with registration or activation.

    We have such a license agreement, so, with that out of the way, is there a motivating factor from the VBA, features, usability or otherwise point of view?
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    Re: Reasons To Upgrade (from any to Word 2002)

    Kevin,

    I've been using and programming in Word 2002 since just before its release last June. I find myself using it more and more to author documents and reports. It has a few new features I find very useful: style separator, Style & Formatting pane, Watermarks, Smart Tags, MDI. In general, I think the program makes it a bit easier to use Word correctly, and I like the integration between it and the other office programs.

    Programatically it doesn't offer much more over Office 2000. It adds a few more objects, and couple of twists to things like style manipulation.

    I hope this helps. Feel free to ask any specific questions.

    Rex

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    Re: Reasons To Upgrade (from any to Word 2002)

    Rex,

    Thanks for your input. We are still mired in Word (Office) 97. I'd like to upgrade to 2002 for the improvements to VBA in the VB6 code base (not to mention the 2002 specific stuff). I'm starting to move my functions and subs to class modules and it really bugs me that you cannot enumerate user defined data types for use in class mods. There are a list of Word 97 bugs all of which I don't remember (but encounter from time to time). I'd like to start compiling this list so I can make an *intelligent* case for the upgrade. If I am mistaken -- the upgrade is really not worth it -- I'd like to know that too.

    I also want to know, as you have stated, what features, etc. are appreciated by Word users. Your list of items is very helpful.

    One thing in my favor, we have already paid for Office XP licenses! So money is not an issue.
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    Re: Reasons To Upgrade (from any to Word 2002)

    Rex,

    Good article. I haven't browsed the microsystems site for a while. It's well worth the time.

    BTW, the latest version of Woody's Office Watch covers the XP SP-1 very well. More info worth considering...
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    Re: Reasons To Upgrade (from any to Word 2002)

    Kevin,

    Your response triggered a thought. Word 2002 has fixed some bugs from Word 97. The "fractured footnote" issue occurs less often, for example. If I may suggest, take a look at "Doing the Word 97/2000 Document Shuffle" available at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.microsystems.com/publications.htm>http://www.microsystems.com/publications.htm</A>. It discusses many of the issues involved in moving between those two versions, and hints at the increased fucntionality.

    Cheers,
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    Re: Reasons To Upgrade (from any to Word 2002)

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://home.cnet.com/software/0-3227833-1205-5578235.html?tag=st.sw.3227833-8-5594338-1.subdir.3227833-1205-5578235>Here's</A> CNET's rave review. Have't used Office XP yet, but upgrading is on my ToDo list for this weekend. Right after I get a bigger disk: looks like Office XP wants a half a gig! <img src=/S/oink.gif border=0 alt=oink width=15 height=15>

    You've seen MS's <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.microsoft.com/office/evaluation/indepth/compare.htm>comparison</A> page, right?

    Don't expect anything from voice recognition. The consensus is "useless."
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    Re: Reasons To Upgrade (from any to Word 2002)

    Thanks for the references, Sammy.
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