Editorial: Office in the house
By David Leishman
Our sister site, Macworld.com, has posted a great preview of
Microsoft Office 2004. There’s a lot to like, and if you use Office now, you’ll want to take a look. Really.
Although the suite won’t be available until the middle of this year, I saw it demonstrated during the Expo keynote in January and was extremely jazzed by the new features, especially within Entourage. (Known in my household as “the app that never sleeps.”)
The biggest change for Entourage — and for Office 2004 as a whole — is the new Project Center, which lets you easily access and manage your Office-related data from a single window. And view it in a project-centric way, so you can view in one window the links to all the info for a given job.
Which seems obvious, I guess, but something “obvious” can seem strikingly new. As when it fills a need, and does this so elegantly that you fall right into using it rather than wondering why it wasn’t there before. Project Center looked great in the Expo demo, so much so that I was reminded of the first time I saw Panther’s Exposé feature — it turned out to be a powerful tool that’s fun to use, and I’m betting Microsoft delivers, too.
It looks as if there’s a lot more to like in Office 2004, but I’ll let Macworld’s Kelly Lunsford, Philip Michaels and Jason Snell share it with you on their site.
But before you head over there, I’d like to point out a couple new weblogs worth looking at while you’re on Macworld.com:
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Editor’s Notes: News & Opinion. The former is written by longtime Mac problem-solver Christopher Breen, who’s also a fine musician, so his GarageBand tips are top-drawer. His coverage of the iPod mini is extensive — so thorough, in fact, that he managed to kill one. As he notes, “”I destroy ’em so you don’t have to!”
The Editor’s Notes weblog is a potpourri of timely news, opinion and analysis. The central theme is Macs, of course, but that covers a lot of ground — and so do the entries. From Jon Seff’s look at legal file-sharing with Bit Torrent, to Peter Cohen’s article on the concerns of some independent Mac retailers, to Jim Dalrymple’s first-hand coverage of those “iPod zombies in New York” — well, the blog is off to a great start.
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