This is the first post I have created utilising the features of Microsoft Word 2007 and its new blog template. Having recently installed Office 2007 onto my pc I decided that I needed to have a look around and check out the new functions, well obviously the first thing that strikes you as you load any of the applications is the new total overhaul of the interface and looks.
I feel that this interface will be a brilliant addition for all us young pups using the applications; however I feel that for all the people who are still trying to get to grips with previous packages such as Office 2000 etc which many offices and workplaces are currently using it will be a source of much heartache. I know for sure my own dad would instantly be lost, and be shouting at me to come fix his pc (as if it was broken). As far as I can tell at the minute with my 30 minute exploration of Word there is no option to revert the interface to that of the previous editions. This would be a much welcomed patch, and would no doubt be a quick fix for all IT departments thinking of taking the plunge into 2007.
The blogging option is really nice meaning that you can edit and play around with your content in a much easier way also meaning no time outs on the server if you get distracted and go make a cup of coffee. One of the first things that I notice though is Word's dictionary does not consider blog or blogging (how cool, I can add squiggly red underlines) words, which strikes me as odd seen as though they are used within the application and are now considered to be mainstream words with every man, woman and fury animal having there own blog, which reminds me to get my dog a blog.
When loading in and being asked to select a blog provider and inserting your password etc the service seems to run really slow, I don't know whether this is just as its the first time using the blog feature and will run more efficiently in the future, my torrents are slowing the show down (keep seeding) or that I will just have to put up with the slow login section if I want to blog via Word.
I haven't used clip art in such a long time I forgot how fun they could be the search facility has improved so much since then, back using Publisher 97 and it took at least 5mis to get a picture. Also after clicking on the image, we are presented with a new option tab at the top where we can do some cool alterations to the image and ive gone with the 3D effect as can be seen above.]
I would also like to see a preview section added where you would be able to view your post in a browser before you released it onto the web, much like you can do in Expression Web.
Overall a great new section for Word and I will be using it again in the future, however I don't think that it is yet up to fully replacing me logging onto www.ctrl-alt-die.blogspot.com and posting via the site.