While clearly evaluating beta software, Bartercard has some basic challenges with the notion of there being value in planning an upgrade to Office 2007.  According to CIO Jason Van:

Van was critical of Office 2007, which he said did not have a major feature that is attractive to the company.

"I don't think there's any really. It's all .NET extensions. I think it's going to be more of a bloody hindrance than anything ... There's nothing that can't already be delivered on Office 2003," he said. ...

"I expect a beta release should be able to do the standard functionality that people expect. You wouldn't expect that 'forward' would fail in a beta," he said.

The fault was unlikely to be caused by software conflicts either, as Bartercard runs Active Directory and Exchange.

Also troubling for Van was the Office beta's .docx file extensions.

"I'd send a document to people, and then I've got to re-save it as .doc ... we're really unsure as to whether there's better efficiency and cross-compatibility issues."
Will be interesting to see how these challenges evolve in the nine months where MS still has the "it's still beta" get-out-of-jail-free card.

Link: ZDNet Australia: Bartercard CIO unconvinced by Vista, Office 07 >

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