As product manager for the APS Advance practice management suite, Jim Bolleboom has been using beta versions of Microsoft Office 2007 for several months. At the company's recent UK user conference in Northamptonshire, he put forward his own contributions to the Excel 2007 debate.
"There are heaps of new stuff in Excel and Office 2007, some of which are important for business intelligence," he said.
First, however, there was the interface issue. "It took me a while to get used to the new menu 'ribbon', but now I am, I really like it. It really makes a difference to get to the added functionality. The ribbon takes up a lot of real estate, but you can hide it."
During the demonstration that followed, Bolleboom's colleague at the computer keyboard struggled with the new program when he encountere...