5 Things To Know Before Installing Office 2007 Beta 2
From download size to when the software expires, here are five fine-print particulars you should think about before putting Office 2007 through its paces.
Microsoft's decision to push back the delivery date for Office 2007 may have a silver lining for some: it gives them all that much more time to try out the for-free preview, dubbed "Beta 2," before shelling out $149 to $679 for the real deal.
And with Office 2007 Beta 2 still available -- Vista's test isn't -- there's still a chance to join in the fun.
If fun is the word.
Office 2007 is, as nearly every reviewer has noted, a major departure from earlier editions. That alone may scare you off. Or maybe you're not easily frightened.
In any case, here are five fine print particulars you should think about before putting Office 2007 through its paces.
Pulling down the 550MB of Office 2007 takes just 9 minutes by Microsoft's calculation when using a 1Mbps broadband connection, but grabbing the whole enchilada -- Office, Groove 2007, SharePoint Designer 2007, OneNote, Project, and Visio -- will consume 33 minutes at 1Mbps, over 2 hours at 256Kbps, and a whopping 6+ hours at 56Kbps.
Download that and the server software for Groove, SharePoint, and Project and you're staring at over 3GB of data, around the same amount as the Vista Beta 2 download.
Fortunately, you can order a DVD that holds it all for about $7 (in the U.S.; $4.95 for the DVD, $2 for mailing).
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