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Microsoft Office 2007 Implementation

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As you know, Mansfield ISD Technology Development installed Microsoft Office 2003 in Summer 2009 for teachers and students at our PreK-8 campuses.

Users report that Office 2003 represents a major upgrade over StarOffice and/or OpenOffice.

It is exciting to hear from many of our customers that they are ready to make the transition to Office 2007. In many ways, we are, too. After all, it is 2010, right?

The reason that Office 2003 was installed initially is that many of the computers in the district cannot run Office 2007 well, if at all. Training needs are another consideration. Those may have diminished, however, as more teachers, students, and staff members use Office 2007 in other settings.

Another issue is deployment. At this point, many of the installations would need to be completed “by hand.” Once more of the network upgrades are complete, the process of installing the software can be automated to a greater degree so that the campus support technicians can continue to address individual work orders.

We are considering the 2010-2011 school year as a great time to make this upgrade.

What do you think?

13 Comments Post a comment
  1. Debby Reiling #

    So looking forward to the upgrade! Yay!

    Any possibility of having Outlook for our email???? (said while wishing and hoping and praying for a resounding yes…) 🙂

    February 9, 2010
  2. Testing of alternative email systems is underway.

    February 9, 2010
  3. 🙂

    February 9, 2010
  4. Lynn G. #

    The upgrade will be great–I don’t think it needs to happen any time sooner than fall of ’10. Our plates are plenty full from now until the end of the school year. 🙂

    February 9, 2010
  5. I would like to see the upgrade to Office 07, but would welcome some optional training on the new features, and…where to find the old ones. I own Office 07 for my home compter, but removed it and went back to 03 when I found it difficult to use and/or find the old buttons. For example, I could not figure out where to “turn off” the auto spell check feature…minor, but frustrating.
    THANKS to all of the efforts being made to bring us more effeciency and better equipment! Your strides are appreciated!

    February 17, 2010
    • Mr. Arnold,

      Jan North’s Instructional Technology team is planning Office 2007 training for Summer Conference.

      Some users have said that that Help function on 2007 is very good. They can quickly find the commands that they need by clicking on the question mark icon in the upper right corner of the screen and keying in a quick phrase like “Merge” or “Conditional Formatting.”

      February 17, 2010
  6. Ashton O. #

    Can’t wait for the upgrade. It is not a hard transition at all to learn.

    February 19, 2010
  7. Remember that Office 2007 is now three years old. Office 2010 will be out shortly and unless the timing is just right, we will soon have to support three to four versions of office. I have given 2010 a try and it is very similar to 2007 with the layout and buttons.

    February 19, 2010
  8. I would definitely like to have Word 7 available before the summer in order to use it and learn during the break.

    February 19, 2010
  9. Marie Medina #

    ready for office 2007

    February 19, 2010
  10. Margo Nottingham #

    I am ready for Office 2007. I agree that outlook would be a great email system.

    February 19, 2010
  11. B. Perry #

    I welcome the change! Office 2007 is not difficult to use, and it would not require extensive training. There are already many teachers who use it at home and could assist with training fellow teachers.

    February 19, 2010
  12. ,,* I am really thankful to this topic because it really gives great information –;

    January 25, 2011

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