But no, I think I better pass. It appears that in order to run Office 2007, you have to uninstall Office 2003. I only have one PC, and that’s not an option. I think I read somewhere that Word 2007 files can’t be opened in or downsaved to Word 2003. If that’s true, unless I can convince everyone I work with to upgrade (yeah, right) I’ll wait until there’s a release that has the promised backwards compatibility.
The whole “public beta” thing is such an overused joke. Companies have an obligation to fully test their software in most typical conditions. Beta is supposed to mean that all the features are set, you just have to have enough people kick the tires and give you feedback to eliminate as many unexpected glitches as you can.
Nowadays, private betas are in fact alpha tests with features barely in place. Public betas are the company’s way of saying, “Here, world, test this for us and we have absolutely no responsibility to you if it doesn’t work. Now, say ‘thank you’ to us for giving you this software early and free. We really don’t care what you think unless you love it, and then we’ll quote you in our ads.”