Office 2007 test drive

Want to take the new Office 2007 for a spin to see what’s new but don’t want to actually install it? Microsoft has made Office 2007 available through a remote server login (Citrix client, I think). All you have to do is visit this page using IE 6.

When I first went to the site, it said that there was an 18 minute wait to get online, but I got in within 5 minutes.

First time I tried Outlook 2007, it started to load and then I got this (click to enlarge):

Okay…it’s a beta.

After that, it didn’t crash again. I really like the new calendar/task views. I also like Word’s format-on-the-fly menus and I didn’t find the ribbon difficult to navigate at all.

I can’t think of using the beta fulltime until I’m sure that it will sync with my PDA, but it’s a nice tease and a good way to learn your way around the applications before you have to worry about really using it.


  1. Rick says:

    Thanks but the MS registration process to use the beta was too intrusive and time consuming. Did you go through that whole process?

  2. Judi Sohn says:

    Most of the process was in setting up the Citrix client. After that was done, it was just a matter of signing in with a Passport account that I already have. Took maybe 3 minutes total, not counting waiting to get a seat at the table due to traffic.

    Some folks are saying that this is a test for Microsoft to offer the software as an online application. I disagree. This isn’t a web application…this is remote login. Yes, on a large scale, but still more GoToMyMeeting or WebEx than Google Spreadsheets or Writely.

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