Office 2007 has been released to manufacturing which basically means it’s finished but you can only get it with a MSDN subscription. I downloaded it yesterday and have now been using it for a day so it’s time for some very brief impressions. The first thing that confronts you when you try to install is how the install refuses to go until you remove any beta version, which includes any add-ins you may have added to the beta. This meant I had to uninstall Office Pro, OneNote and Project, a long drawn out process. The new install still refused to go until I removed the add-in for saving documents in PDF format so don’t forget to remove that too if you installed it.
Installing the three packages took almost an hour and a half with the beta version removals thrown in so it’s slow but doesn’t require any user intervention after the product key is entered in (for each package). Once installed I fired up Outlook and it brought all my settings in so I didn’t have to reconfigure them nor sync up to my Exchange Server from scratch, which was a welcome turn of events. My impression after a day is the entire beast is a bit faster than the beta version and it seems a bit more polished. Everything worked as expected although my Send To OneNote 2007 printer driver did not install for some reason. I had to do a repair from the Office 2007 DVD which recovered everything to where I needed to be so now I am having fun using the programs. I intend to do a short video demonstrating how the various UI improvements throughout the Office applications make using them on a UMPC very enjoyable.