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    New options in Office2003 (Office 2003)

    I need to "sell" the upgrade of Office 2003 from Office 2000 within my company. I have read about the big issues, have looked as "What's New" in the Help in all programs. However, it is the little details that make the difference. For instance, finally we can set a default format for tables - the Word "what's New" section doesn't mention this..

    Has anyone come across some of these undocumented "new"s? In any of the Standard programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook).

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    Re: New options in Office2003 (Office 2003)

    You might skim the ng's for features. I don't know any "hidden features," partly because they haven't changed most of the apps much at all in the day to day features on the desktop--it's the XML and its use with the servers and digital rights management that have changed the most. There are some new conveniences that show up in Outlook, and features in Word you already know. If you travel more than a little, Outlook's cache feature can be very convenient in situations where you can't readily access broad bandwidth. You may get a couple ideas at these links:

    Beyond the Desktop: A Look at Office 2003

    Browse training courses here. You can definitely pick up some new features at the training courses hyperlinks at the bottom of the training page pictured below.

    Inside Office 2003

    Special Report on Microsoft Office System 2003

    Paul Thurrott's Microsoft Office System 2003 Review

    PC Mag: Word 2003

    Customizing Office Features and Shortcuts

    First Office Users Weigh In

    Excel 2003

    XML in Office 2003

    Microsoft Office Word 2003

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    Re: New options in Office2003 (Office 2003)

    Perhaps you need to add the "What's New" from Office XP to your list, since the 2003 list probably assumes you are upgrading from Office XP?

    But frankly, if you have to "sell" it, perhaps the company is not really ready to spend the money. Office 2000 is a great product and, with the exception of Outlook, I didn't see much of an improvement going to XP. Of course, this is coming from someone who is primarily a Word and Outlook user, turns off Smart Tags, AutoCorrect As You Type, and the File|New and Styles task panes in Word, and prefers plain text in Outlook. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: New options in Office2003 (Office 2003)

    Thanks once again SMBP.

    The problem is exactly that MS say that they haven't changed most of the applications, but then they made some little changes which to regular users make all the difference in the world. In our organization, just the default table style is a reason to upgrade. I will read through the articles you've sent me for the little features, and would love to hear from users whether they have found little changes (improvements or not) in Office 2003 (and actually in Office XP as well, since we are upgrading from Office 2000).

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