Productivity Applications

By eWEEK Labs  |  Posted 2007-06-21 Print this article Print



Office 2007

Good looks will only get you so far. For Microsoft Office 2007, the attractive user interface overhaul that the software maker unveiled for its venerable productivity suite helped the product sail straight into the winners circle in our Productivity Applications category.

Office 2007s diligently researched and heavily reworked UI marked a parting of ways with the file menu and toolbar structure that had marked Office from its first days. In its place, Microsofts Office team left "the Ribbon," a new, intuitive-by-design interface element conceived to keep users most commonly-accessed features close at hand, and to change as office workers shift from task to task.

Microsoft Office 2007 marked the largest single release in Microsofts history, bringing new functionality across its core applications (Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, InfoPath and OneNote). Judges also like the suites focus on collaboration, especially in Outlook, OneNote and Groove, which together make much easier for users to share information and documents.

Our judges appreciated Outlooks new To-Do Bar, which serves up a unified display of appointments, tasks and e-mail flagged for follow-up. Outlooks aggregated RSS feeds and synchronized support for Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services, the softwares collaboration platform, document libraries and lists, also wooed our judges. 


Adobe Systems Acrobat 8 Professional

We found Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional much improved in the areas of file-sharing and collaboration-particularly when paired with fellow Excellence Awards finalist Acrobat Connect. We also appreciated the products inclusion of interactive form fields within Adobe PDF and Microsoft Office files, as well as Acrobat 8s support for exporting forms into Adobe PDF package or a spreadsheet.

Citrix Online GoToMyPC

The mobile work force continues to grow, demanding more power, versatility and security out of productivity applications. Our Excellence Awards judges found that GoToMyPCs promise to users to "be productive from anywhere," held up. Considering the products free software service upgrades, technical support and maintenance provisions, and lack of set-up costs, well GoToMyPC right now.

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  • Application Development
  • Business Integration Systems
  • Business Relationship Management
  • Desktop & Mobile Hardware
  • E-Business Foundations
  • E-Mail Management & Security
  • Enterprise Collaboration
  • Enterprise Storage Hardware
  • Enterprise Storage Software
  • IT Quality Assurance Tools
  • Productivity Applications
  • Server Hardware
  • Networking & Management Tools
  • Networking Infrastructure
  • System & Application Management
  • Authentication & User Management
  • Network Data-Stream Protection
  • Vulnerability Assessment & Remediation


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