Computing News: Microsoft Office XP
Microsoft Office XP, the latest version of Microsoft's suite of software applications, includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. As of May 31st, 2001, Office XP is available for Windows 98, ME, NT, and 2000.
Information Systems & Computing (ISC) will support the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint components of Office XP for its clients, including off-campus students. ISC recommends that most users adopt a "wait and see" attitude, continuing to use previous versions of Office until after the initial bugs in Office XP are identified and fixed.
Microsoft Office XP has significantly greater system requirements than previous versions of Microsoft Office. ISC suggests the following minimum system requirements:
Note that Office XP will not run on Windows 95-based PCs.
Three Different Versions
Office XP will be available in three different versions from the Computer Connection.
Like Office 97 and Office 2000, Office XP is an evolutionary revision of Microsoft's application suite, and Office XP applications include a more modern look and feel. Office XP also offers better inter-application integration and improved HTML code generation. Office XP is also one of the first available parts of Microsoft's .NET initiative for EXtensible Markup Language (XML) Web services; Excel 2002 and Access 2002 natively read and write XML.
Office XP builds more document recovery tools its applications - Word 2002, Excel 2002, and PowerPoint 2002 will now let you save open documents after they crash or lock up and will attempt to automatically repair damaged files when you try to open them. Finally, the animated paperclip is no longer part of the standard installation - which marks a significant change in Microsoft's help philosophy.
There are a number of known issues with Office XP, several of which are especially relevant to Penns users:
--John Mulhern III, IT Project Leader, and Steve Strawser, IT Support Specialist, ISC Technology Support Services (May 31, 2001)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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