|Microsoft Office XP Standard [OLD VERSION]
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Microsoft Office XP 2002 Standard . Microsoft Office XP 2002 Standard includes:
- Word XP
- Excel XP
- Outlook XP
- PowerPoint XP
Microsoft Office XP redefines the relationship between people and software by delivering a new set of experiences that provide a smarter way of working. Office XP delivers a personal experience, simplifying the way you work, a collaborative experience, helping your teamwork easily together, and an extended experience, enabling you to continually integrate additional services into Office and access information anytime.
Office XP provides you with a variety of new experiences that will give you greater control over the way Office works, easier access to information from the Web or your Office applications, and tools that ensure you don't lose your important information. Whether you are working with one other person on a document or working with a group of coworkers on a project, Office XP features easy-to-use tools that help your team share and collaborate with one another more efficiently. Office XP offers organizations a variety of tools to help lower costs, improve deployment, administration, and management, and build customized, integrated business solutions that meet their business needs.
Office XP 2002 Standard System Requirements
- Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me), Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6 (SP6) or later,?3 Windows 2000, or Windows XP or later.
- 24 MB RAM if using Windows 98, 32 MB RAM if using Windows ME or NT, 64 MB RAM if using Windows 2000, or 128 MB RAM if using Windows XP
- 210 MB of available hard disk space - An additional 115 MB is required on the hard disk where the operating system is installed. Users without Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Office 2000 Service Release 1 (S...
Microsoft Office XP's empowering document design tools, integration of voice recognition functionality, and impressive network- and Web-based sourcing capabilities should be enough to convince those interested in saving time and consolidating effort to take the leap.
In keeping with Microsoft's much-ballyhooed .NET strategy, Office XP introduces several features that utilize the vast infosphere inhabited by the 21st-century desk jockey. Smart tags beckon underneath recognized objects like misspellings or symbols, offering a stock quote here, a synonym there, or "Would anyone care to configure my auto-correction list?" The task pane looks similar to Microsoft Internet Explorer's Explorer Bar, and acts like an open tool chest pulled up alongside each application in the suite, providing readily configured searches for information or multimedia files. Putting up a team Web site that tracks projects and serves as an information hub requires only the use of one of the included templates, ready to be customized and uploaded to the server.
The Send for Review feature further streamlines the collaborative process by allowing the sender to view revisions made by multiple parties within the framework of the original document. Outlook now features a color-coded calendar and easier meeting management, along with instant messaging and variable e-mail account access. All user system errors can be tracked globally, and then network security settings modified remotely while anti-virus and debugging IT resources are diverted accordingly.
After firing up Microsoft Word, typing "Dear Somebody," and hitting the Enter key, we made a startling discovery. Up popped Clippy, Microsoft's publicly pink-slipped office assistant. Clippy might have aptly announced, "Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated," but instead predictably observed, "It looks like you're writing a letter." Once the groans of disbelief had subsided, we quickly right-clicked and banished Clippy to the silicon ether, presumably forever. --Dominic Johnson
After the most painless installation yet of a Microsoft product, Office XP Standard immediately starts to make a favorable impression. Not only does tighter code mean faster startup and shutdown times for each program, but many smaller tweaks have been introduced to improve functionality across the board.
The focus of this release is on making Office smarter, by providing better collaboration tools for organizations and more customization tools for individual users. The new smart tags are a clever way of automatically matching data in documents to tasks, such as inserting an address when you're writing a letter in Word, or copying and pasting in Excel. This is extremely welcome, as is the ability to customize AutoCorrect (i.e., choosing which errors you want the program to correct automatically). Also new are task panes, which are essentially a cross between a wizard and the Help system. Using the drop-down menu format, these panes make relevant commands easily available, thus achieving faster results.
In addition to cross-product improvements, each application in the suite has had an overhaul. Outlook has seen many tweaks that improve usability and productivity, notably, AutoCorrect works as you type, and improved ease in setting up mail accounts. Outlook 2002 also includes support for Hotmail, so you can manage this account in the same place as your other e-mail accounts. PowerPoint contains a plethora of enjoyable new effects, including some useful new applications like the organization chart creator. Word and Excel make good use of smart tags and task panes. Some other useful new features include a merge function in Word for incorporating other users' changes, a word count display for those late-night essays, a drop-down menu in Excel with commonly used functions, and an extremely easy-to-use set of diagram creators.
Office XP Standard will improve productivity and results across the entire application suite. The improved functionality, especially with smart tags and task panes, will save users considerable time in creating quality documents. --Colin Neal
Microsoft Office XP Standard puts the features you need within easy reach at all times. New context-sensitive smart tags pop up with options you need--right when you need them. No more digging through menus. Tasks that once required multiple steps are just one click away with the new task pane. The new version of Outlook in Office XP Standard condenses all your personal and professional e-mail into one central location, even your Web-based e-mail accounts like Hotmail. With AutoRecover, your work is saved at regular intervals while you work. PowerPoint includes animation effects and custom slide transitions. An editable print preview assures that your printed slides and documents come out right the first time. Office XP Standard also includes Word 2002 and Excel 2002.
- Waste of Money
Man, did I waste my money! I used Office97 before, and have switched back to it. Office continues it's steady march toward doing this FOR you, instead of offering useful tools. There is nothing useful in this package that O97 doesn't have, but it DOES have stuff like Activation, lousy table support, crazy 'automatic' font size changing (I set it to 11pt, and it changed to 10pt).
Pass on this one unless you, like me, have money to burn!...more info
- old interface better than new
i strongly disliked the interface and the total re work of office 2007. i guess when u have an old comfortable pair of shoes. . . thats why i sought out this xp version. less complicated...more info
- Buyer Beware!
XP is the beginning of the end as far as system privacy is concercned and a slew of other problems. Here are several reasons why you shouldn't use XP.
1: General Exclusivity
Manufacturers are requested to submit your drivers directly to Microsoft for approval before you try to peddle them to consumers.
2: Media Player 8
MP8 might lock out other codecs like MP3 and not allow them to make copies of their own music that they can play from their own hard drives. It is not so much about what MP8 can do, it is about what it can prevent us from doing with music and video that we already paid for.
3: Missing Features
Are we going to have a backup program like we did in the old days? Are we going to get dual monitor support in the home version like Windows 98 SE has? Are we going to get back the basic fax functionality we used to have? In order to get those features, we will have to buy a "Plus Pack" of some kind for another 50 dollars. They stripped those features from the home version and are forcing us to pay an extra 100 or 200 dollars to get the professional version.
4: Bundling Restrictions And Excessive Integration
Many of us feel uncomfortable that we are forced to use IE instead of Opera or Netscape browsers. We don't want all of that internet bloat-ware bundled into the basic operating system. We want to be able to uninstall IE and Outlook Express whenever we feel the urge. Not that we will necessarily, because both of those products are actually pretty good in their 6.x versions, but we want the option. What it boils down to is that we just want control over our Internet experience and our own applications. Is that too much to ask?
We all know how insecure Outlook and IIS have been, but there are now concerns about changes in the XP Home Edition (and possibly other versions) that will provide support for unrestricted, full raw sockets. This is VERY scary.
6: Product Activation
This is a system designed primarily to prevent casual piracy. You know how you had to go buy a full copy of Windows 98 SE at the store because all your new computer came with was some stupid restore disk? You know how you went ahead and installed that copy of Windows 98 SE on your original machine as well as on the new one you just bought? Well, this technology will stop you from doing that. Why all the fuss? Because in part, people do pirate operating systems on a casual basis. They hate that they are forced to pay upgrade fees for what they consider to be bug fixes anyway. They hate that they have to put up with those bloated, OEM installs from Dell, Gateway and others who put everything from AOL to Walmart advertisements in the Start menu. They want to be able to do a clean install of the basic OS without all of that junk getting in the way, so they take a copy that they bought or got from a friend and use that single copy to install it on all of their machines. After all, almost every single computer you can buy comes with Windows on it, so why can't you just install the version you want the way you want and be done with it? Because according to the licensing terms, that is totally illegal, that's why.
I am not Anti-Microsoft just anti XP. Buyer beware....more info
Well, actually I like Excel and hate Word. The other programs included I have little or no use for.
I use Excel all the time for engineering calculations, including writing VBA macros to automate things that I can't do easily in the cells. It's very useful, like having a calculator that remembers everything you've done, writes it down, but allows you to change inputs and recalculate everything automatically. Unfortunately, there is a bug in the help files, so I can't get Visual Basic help anymore. The IT guys at work fixed the regular help but never could get the macro help to work again. Very annoying.
Word is terrible compared to WordPerfect. What I used to be able to do with a couple of keystrokes, now takes minutes of navigation thru menus and dialog boxes. Outline formatting, numbered lists, etc. are especially frustrating in Word because nothing is obvious. You shouldn't have to get a college degree in word processing in order to learn to write a specification and get the formatting correct. One annoyance is that paragraph formatting is hidden in a selectable little space at the end of the paragraph, so if you try to delete the last few words by hitting shift-end and delete, you will delete numbering, formatting, etc. of that paragraph. Also, the thesaurus that came with WordPerfect was much better.
In general, Microsoft Office tries to be everything for every possible user, automates many tasks to do things that it thinks I want to do even though I don't, and makes it hard to figure out how to undo them.
I am using WordPerfect wherever possible and trying StarOffice....more info
- Worth the Money?
I'm afraid I'm going to have to buy this thing. Let's face it, Office is an outstanding multi-task tool, however complicated it may be. My problem is having to pay so much damn money for it. I have tried Sun's StarOffice, but I found that it's not FULLY compatible with MS programs, especially if the file in question is remotely complicated. I'll bet that I'm like a lot of other people in that I already have so many existing MS Word, EXCEL, PowerPoint, and other Microsoft files that I need to work with, I am kind of forced into buying this program for my new computer.
I would have no problem whatsoever switching to another brand if I weren't "locked in" to using Microsoft, especially considering the highway robbery. What ever happened to the anti-trust thing?...more info
- Only if you are new to MS Office!
Microsoft Office XP Standard offers four essential tools that allows the user to create professional looking documents, resumes, letters etc. It also has powerful tools for mail merge, document recovery ( so if a blue screen attack happens it will recover your document). It also has a speech recoginition technology, which you have to train before you can actually start telling it what to do. Microsoft Excel, is a very essential program that makes adding up and analyzing numbers very easy, you are able to create chart's with your numbers for formal presentation. Microsoft Excel has become like a industry standard spreadsheet program so that at least should make you think about buying this suite. It also contains features for publishing your data on the web. Microsoft Outlook is a great e-mail program or PIM that has everything in one place, you are able to have multiple accounts without having to sign in multiple times separately into different e-mail services, Outlooks scheduling features are truly amazing when it comes to organizing your life. Microsoft PowerPoint is a great program for creating presentations, with its fantastic effects, PowerPoint 2002, especially is worth the buy, you will have a lot of fun with this product alone! Over all the new features in Office XP it self will make it a great buy for first time users, things such as task pane which allows users to work more faster. It would have been nice to add Microsoft Access, which is a great database program but, you have to look to the Professional edition of Office XP for that program. If the price of the program scares you and you don't have the money and only want essential tools look to Microsoft Works Suite 2002, a great set of integrated tools, which offers the complete version of Microsoft Word and a spreadsheet, database etc at a [lowe] price, ... check out the review!...more info
- Computer Fools
Do not be discouraged by the other fools' reviews. XP does use product activation, but you do not have to worry about Bill Gates dropping down your chimney and invading your privacy. It is only a precaution to cut down on piracy (although there are still numerous ways around it).
I am currently running Windows XP Professional, and love it. It is true that Office XP is not that much different than 2000, or 97 for that matter, but I would recommend it to somebody who doesn't have Office at all.
As for those people who think that Microsoft is an oppressive monopoly, why not use something else? I also run RedHat Linux and BeOS, they are both extremely capable operating systems. RedHat is packaged with StarOffice which is a very robust office suite. The reason why you don't choose non-Microsoft products is because, bottom line, they make the best software. Nothing comes close to the compatibility and functionality of the new Microsoft products. XP is just the beginning of more great products from Microsoft....more info
This software is incredibly over priced for ANY level of usibilty. There is No reason for you to pay this much for anything Microsft unless it will run a server, give you lifetime on site support, and make you coffee. Consider something less costly with the same useability like StarOffice or gobeProductive....more info
- Nothing Good About It
I can not find one good thing about MS Office that I can't get from a cheaper alternative. MS Office tries to "read your mind" and ends up formatting your document in goofy ways. When it crashed it asks you to send an error report, the report contained data from my Excel file! It takes forever to load and to install and if you do not do the step by step (ugh!) install you end up having to put the disk in every other week to get the feature that was not originally installed.
If you want to share personal info with MS
If you want your work to look like MS wants it to
If you want to "never" be done installing to software
If you think wasting $$ is good
Buy this product. Other wise look at Star Office or another product....more info
- Comprehensively Useful
There is no other product which compares to the Microsoft Office suite. "Microsoft Office XP Standard" is the place to to get started. And it is the place you'll probably stay.
You do need Word and Excel, and occassionally, PowerPoint. Learn basic word processing and spreadsheet usage. Shine in meetings with PowerPoint.
It lacks Access, but most people don't need the database strength of it, and will survive nicely with just Excel.
For e-mailing documents and files to coworkers, you can be confident they'll easily open Office files... there is a good chance they use it themselves.
Outlook is one of those highly underrated, but enormously useful applications to help you organize your contacts, schedule and tasks easily. You can use it as an e-mail reader as well, though that feature has been vulnerable to viruses.
Word is a huge program which can do far more than you'll need, but it will allow you versaility and simplicity that WordPerfect has yet to pull off.
Excel is a basic spreadsheet with incredible math functionality. I don't need most of the math tools, other than minor budgets and such. I find it handy for tracking my poetry submissions; I can see which magazine I sent which piece to when, and how and when they replied.
PowerPoint makes those cool slideshows with the text that can be animated on the screen. With the templates, you can look good without requiring a graphic design degree.
I fully recommend "Microsoft Office XP Standard." It is the business and home office standard. You need it, it is easy to learn, and the price is right.
Anthony Trendl...more info
- Thank goodness I get a university discount
When I saw the cost of this, my jaw dropped. I didn't think it would cost so much for Word, PowerPoint, FrontPage and Excel.
I went to the university bookstore at my school to see if I could get any kind of discount on it. Thank goodness Indiana University has a contract with Microsoft!
About the program now that I've complained about the cost enough...
This is the program I use the most because for being a word processing program, it is very versatile. I can write term papers and what not with it, but I can also credit news letters complete with graphics. I have also used it to create invoices with neat graphics.
I know HTML (one of the languages webpage makers write webpages in), so I pretty much only use this program when I'm trying out something new, like frams. I have also used it to figure out HTML codes for colors, frames, and tables. I had a college instructor who used it to do her entire webpage and it looked pretty good.
I used Excel to keep track of the money I was spending on gas for 6 months, how many miles I was traveling, where I was traveling, and the cost of gas. I know it sounds like of nerdy, but it really helped me save some money on gas, knowing exactly where to stop when I was on a trip. I also has how many miles I was putting on my car in that 6 months (10,000+ miles), which explained the wear and tear.
I am just beginning to learn this. I didn't realize what a valuable program PowerPoint was until people in some of my college classes gave presentations with it. Man, my poster board presentation was nothing compared to theirs. It is actually a pretty easy program to learn, but the 'little extras' like the animation and extra graphics can take a bit of time.
I use this program to check my school e-mail because I have AOL at home. I like not having to go to the university's website, navigating my way to the mail page, signing it, and going through at least one more link, just to get to my e-mail. This program goes straight to my mailbox with no links, no navigating.
When I tried to use access to create a database of my CDs, I had a lot of problems. It is probably the only program in this software suite that I think is a total waste of disc space. I have had to use it before, but for me, I can just use Excel to make lists, it is much easier to use.
I am really glad that I have Microsoft Office. It has made school a lot easier. I can e-mail documents to my school account, download them, and know they will work with the school software. That saves me from having to reformat the assignment whenever I want to work on it at school....more info
- Not worth the money
Don't use unless you are forced to. The price Microsoft wants for this package is too much for what it offers. For the most part it is no different than Office 2000, Office 98, Office 95 or for that matter Office 6 for windows 3.1. Features that were poorly implemented in earlier versions are still poorly implemented. Most of the functionality in Office XP is the same as it was in these earlier products, so it leaves the user with the question, what am I paying over "$" for? Even the upgrade price is ridiculus. My opinion, check out Staroffice or if you can't afford that then check out OpenOffice. I have gone back to Office 97 on the one PC I use Microsoft office on (the hard drive was reformatted and instead of hassling through MS's product activation, AGAIN, it was decided to just go with an earlier version). Staroffice and openoffice are used everywhere else....more info