Well I have been running Office 2007 Beta 2 on my laptop for the last week and so far I am very impressed with the stability. For the most part I have not experienced many crashes. I did come across two incompatibilities that I had address before I could use Outlook reliably. But in both cases, Office provided a link to a support web site that identified the offending issue based on the error report sent to support.
First, I should mention that I went ahead and did an upgrade to my existing Office 2003 (I did a full backup of my machine first ) installation rather than complete a new installation. All settings, email accounts, signatures, etc. were migrated perfectly.
The first incompatibility was a conflict with the Outlook add-on for an older version of Adobe Acrobat 6.0. The Microsoft support article suggested that Acrobat 7.0 would fix the problem. I was not interested in upgrading so I modified the current installation and disabled all Microsoft Office extensions for Acrobat.
The other incompatibility I came across was the Outlook add-ins for MindJet MindManager 6 which caused some stability issues. Once again I modified the current MindManager installation and disabled all Microsoft Office extensions. As an aside, MindManager is a great tool for brainstorming, quickly gathering documenting and requirements, and designing and documenting taxonomies.
Since removing the Office integration features for both MindManager 6 and Acrobat 6.0 Outlook 2007 Beta 2 has been very stable. One of the features I really like is the ability to view multiple calendars in "Overlay Mode" which merges the multiple calendars on top one another. This makes it very easy to find open blocks of time when coordinating a large number of people or resources.
The following link provides a list of MSDN resources for Office 2007.
I plan to get started on reviewing WSS v3 and SharePoint 2007 Beta 2 later this week.
In my next post I will talk about my top three most significant features/improvements to Office System 2007 that will make ECM easier…
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