Microsoft Office 2007

( Officially called 2007 Microsoft Office System) Microsoft Office 2007 is an office suite from Microsoft for the Microsoft Office series. Successor to Microsoft Office 2007 is Microsoft Office 2010.

  • 3.1 Private Clients
  • 3.2 Business customers (only volume license)


User interface

The classic menu structure and the usual toolbars that are known from previous versions of Office were replaced by a Ribbon (Ribbon). Frequently used functions are to be reached faster. The Ribbon contains commands into groups combined. These are complemented by list boxes, and dialog boxes. These elements are summarized in individual tabs. The Standard tab of an Office application be supplemented by other registers that are available depending on the situation. Of the latter there are two types: Program tabs are in certain view modes available, contextual tabs show commands that are available only in certain situations, for example when working with graphics, tables and charts.

Another new feature is the so-called Live Previews: format features, templates and styles are displayed in a real-time preview in the document window.

File formats and compatibility

With OpenXML Microsoft introduces a new XML-based standard file format. Older versions of Microsoft Office ( Microsoft Office versions 2000, XP and 2003) can process this format using a free converter ( Compatibility Pack ). For Mac OS X there is a corresponding format converter for Microsoft Office 2004; In addition, the free office suite NeoOffice and are able to open Office 2007 files.

Microsoft Office 2007 documents can also in the so-called " compatibility mode " in the store with Office 97 introduced, old file formats, making them readable by older versions of Office for Windows and Mac OS without tools. In this mode, there are functions that did not exist in the old version of Word, not available. This applies, for example, Alternative text on tables or new WordArt effects.

Microsoft Office 2007 introduced a new export format called XPS (XML Paper Specification ), which has similarities to PDF. After differences with the Adobe PDF export feature that was integrated into the Beta 2, removed in the final version was. However, there is a free add- in are installed, which allows you to save the PDF and XPS formats from applications. Since the Service Pack 2, it is possible to save documents in the OpenDocument format; the PDF and XPS export has been re-integrated.


2005, Microsoft announced a new version of Office under the code name " Office 12 " as the successor of Office 2003. Office 2007 was launched simultaneously on January 30, 2007 with the Windows Vista operating system on the market. For business users Office 2007 as well as Vista was provided in November 2006.

From 23 May 2006, the Beta 2 of Bill Gates was presented at WinHEC. It was made ​​available as part of the most comprehensive Microsoft beta program for testing and downloaded in the period from late May to late October 2006, worldwide more than 3.5 million times, in Germany alone 500,000 times.

On September 14, 2006, a Technical Refresh was released to Beta 2 For some user interface changes have been made ​​yet, which now corresponds to the finished product. Also bugs Beta 2 have been fixed, so the product is now running stable.

The beta phase has ended since October 30, 2006, the beta versions can no longer be downloaded. Already installed Beta 2 Technical Refresh version without could be used in fully functional only until February 1, 2007, Beta 2 versions with Technical Refresh to 31 March 2007 were fully usable. Since this dates the programs contained in the version run only with functional limitations.

With the " release to manufacturing " ( RTM) on 8 November 2006, the development is completed. For companies Office 2007 since the end of November 2006 available for single users since 30 January 2007. Since October 26, Microsoft is a technology guarantee that from this date purchased computers can be updated with an Office 2003 full version on Office 2007 ( it fall restocking fee ). About the Microsoft Office 2010 Technology Guarantee received by 31 October 2010, the buyers of Office 2007 can automatically download a free upgrade license for Microsoft Office 2010, provided that the Office has acquired after March 5, 2010 2007.


For the various user groups Office is available in various combinations:

Private customers

  • Office Basic 2007: Word, Excel, Outlook ( OEM version with new computers )
  • Office Home and Student 2007: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote
  • Office Standard 2007: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Office Small Business 2007: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook with Business Contact Manager (BCM )
  • Office Professional 2007: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, Outlook with BCM
  • Office Ultimate 2007: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, OneNote, Outlook with BCM, InfoPath, Groove, various add-on products

Corporate customers (only volume license)

  • Office Professional Plus 2007: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, Outlook, InfoPath, various add-on products
  • Office Enterprise 2007: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, OneNote, Outlook, InfoPath, Groove, various add-on products

In Office 2007, FrontPage is no longer included. It will be replaced by Microsoft Expression for web pages creation for the Web and SharePoint Designer for designing SharePoint pages primarily for the intranet.