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    Is it worth upgrading? (2000 SR1)

    I am a UK teacher and bought the teachers license for office 2000 a couple of years ago. This gave me a copy of office prmium containing all the programmes I could need. My school is now looking at moving to office xp and i have had a look at the teachers license for this. It seems that I would be downgrading the number of programmes if I go with this since it only gives me office standard. Is it worth me making the upgrade to XP and losing the use of access and frontpage or would I be better sticking with 2000 and waiting to see what office 11 offers.

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    Re: Is it worth upgrading? (2000 SR1)

    As discussed in numerous threads on this board, the Access board, and the FrontPage board, you can somewhat safely mix Office XP with selected applications from Office 2000 if you take lots of precautions. Whether it is worth your time and trouble (there always is some trouble in an upgrade, and more when mixing versions), depends on whether you really have a use for the new features in Office XP.

    As for Office 11, although it is expected to bow this year, I would not expect that it will become appealingly stable until next year. If you need to make a change sooner rather than later for some reason, XP might be a better choice. Unfortunately, it is impossible to predict how MS will package academic versions of Office 11, but hopefully you will have at least a couple of weeks to buy XP Academic if the new licensing is even less appealing.

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    Re: Is it worth upgrading? (2000 SR1)

    There is considerable interest in academic circles (are skools still considered as part of this? <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>) in using Star Office, free for such establishments. But there could be compatibility issues (likely to increase once Microsoft gets really hurt by the reduction in revenue stream, I would cynically aver), and not all the functions in all Office components are available.

    PS If, as you say, you are in the UK then in fact you would have bought a Teachers' Licen<font color=blue>c</font color=blue>e, whatever it actually said on the piece of paper ...! Tch, tch...
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    Re: Is it worth upgrading? (2000 SR1)

    I bought StarOffice and I think if I hadn't used Word (2.0c/6/95/97/2000) already for 9 years, it would be more than sufficient. But there are just enough differences to create a learning curve that I haven't had the energy to scale. Or should I say, way too many other distractions. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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