I'm not sure which forum to post this, but I figure this is as good as any. I'd like to hear some of your opinions regarding Office97 vs. Office2000. Is it worth the upgrade to 2000, both from an end-user's and a developer's perspective? We have already decided to go with one Office2000 app -- Outlook. The rest of the Office suite, we're debating.
This is the situation my firm (a big law firm) is facing now. Eventually, when XP becomes stable enough, like a year or more from now, we plan to upgrade to that. I guess the question is: in the interim, is it worth having to re-test existing VBA code, compatibility with 3rd party apps, and dealing with the usual fun large-scale rollout issues for an Office2000 suite that may only be in place for a year?
The 2 most compelling reasons that I see to go with Office2000:
1. Office97 apps not compatible with Outlook2000.
2. VBA6 -- increased power over VBA5 and being able to use Visual SourceSafe, which I believe doesn't work with VBA5. (Someone please correct me if I'm wrong on this.)
However, besides these 2 points, I see little else of true utilitarian value in the laundry lists I've seen of the benefits of Office2000 over Office97 -- at least from a legal industry perspective. I mean the added bells and whistles like "improved HTML document creation and publishing" in Word2000 is almost meaningless to a typical end-user in a law firm. (Plus, those who do have to create web content here wouldn't use an app like Word to do it anyway. More likely, something like Dreamweaver.)
Am I wrong in my thinking? On the other hand, despite all the useless added bells and whistles, maybe for developers, getting VBA6 to play with is good enough reason alone to upgrade?
Thanks in advance for your replies.