Survey: Microsoft Office 2007 Adoption Plans

Just 37% of respondents to a Computerworld/Office Letter survey say they plan to upgrade to the next version of Office

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Close to half of respondents think user productivity will remain the same after users come up to speed with Office 2007. Beta testers are the most optimistic: 43% say that users will be more productive while just one quarter of all respondents agree. Only 5% of all respondents say users will be less productive.

How important are each of these features to your organization?

GUI changes such as the replacement of

toolbars and menus with the Ribbon bar:

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 Very important: 14%
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 Somewhat important: 22%
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 Not very important: 28%
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 Not at all important: 25%
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 Don't know: 11%

Enhanced integration with SharePoint for collaboration:

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 Very important: 13%
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 Somewhat important: 25%
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 Not very important: 20%
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 Not at all important: 32%
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 Don't know: 11%

Word enhancements:

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 Very important: 21%
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 Somewhat important: 39%
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 Not very important: 19%
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 Not at all important: 11%
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 Don't know: 9%

Excel enhancements:

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 Very important: 24%
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 Somewhat important: 38%
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 Not very important: 19%
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 Not at all important: 11%
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 Don't know: 9%

PowerPoint enhancements:

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 Very important: 16%
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 Somewhat important: 34%
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 Not very important: 24%
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 Not at all important: 16%
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 Don't know: 9%

Outlook enhancements:

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 Very important: 27%
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 Somewhat important: 31%
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 Not Very important: 15%
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 Not at all important: 19%
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 Don't know: 8%
Base: 727 respondents (Numbers do not add up to 100% due to rounding.)

Most users do not regard the GUI changes in Office 2007 as important, but they are positive about enhancements in the core applications. Beta users consider the changes in Office features more important than respondents overall. Responses from this group were typically 15 percentage points higher in ranking the importance of enhancements (very or somewhat important), especially in Word, Excel and Outlook.

About 75% of beta users, on average, rate the enhancements as important and of those, 30% rate the changes as very important. About 60% of all respondents rank these same changes as important. While Microsoft has promoted SharePoint integration as an important aspect of Office 2007, 50% of all respondents ranked those changes as not important.

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Copyright © 2006 IDG Communications, Inc.

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