Learn About Office 2007

As many are already aware, Microsoft has recently released Office 2007 to the public.  ACU is currently deploying this new version of Office to the campus for the Fall semester of 2007.  We realize that it is important that you prepared for this change and understand that there may be several things you have to do in order to accommodate those that have not upgraded.  

We would also like to remind you that Microsoft has not released a new version of Office 2007 for the Macintosh platform yet.  Please review the file compatibility information below if you are sharing a document with a Mac user.

Learn How to Use Office 2007

    -Complete Online Tutorial for Office 2007
    -Word 2007 Video - IE Required
    -Excel 2007 Video - IE Required
    -Powerpoint 2007 Video - IE Required
    -Outlook 2007 Video - IE Required

Note:  These videos only work on a PC using Internet Explorer.

File Compatibility

In Office 2007 the DEFAULT file format is .XML. Extensions for files created in the new format will include docx, xlsx, and etc. What this means is that by default, older versions of Office can't open a document created in Office 2007.

To ease file compatibility when you share a document we recommend that you save the document in an Office 2003 format.  This will ensure that others who have not upgraded will still be able to open your documents.

How do I get around the file format issue?

If you need to share a document with a user who has a older version of Office go ahead and save it in an Office 2003 format, however, this will eliminate access to certain Office 2007 features.

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack - This pack allows Office 2000, XP, and 2003 users to open and save their files to an Office 2007 format.  If you are running and older version of office we recommend that you install the compatibility patch. This pack will not work on the Macintosh version of office.  They will release a new version of office for OSX next year.

Open XML File Format Converter for Mac - With the Open XML Converter, you can convert Office 2007 files to a format that is compatible with Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac and Microsoft Office v. X for Mac. You can choose to convert and open one file, or convert a large number of files.

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