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27 Jun 2006 12:46 PM
Microsoft launches online Office 2007 preview

6/27/2006 10:21:03 AM, by Ken Fisher

Microsoft has unveiled what it calls an online "test drive" for the Microsoft Office 2007 System, amounting to a quasi-web-enabled version of Office that runs within a web browser. The preview is intended to give users a chance to try out the new version of Office without installing the beta on a computer. The trial requires Citrix support and Internet Explorer 5.5 or later.

So far, the trial has been a hit. There has been a "wait" since late last night to try the beta, as Microsoft has throttled the numbers of simultaneous users that can try the preview system. At the time of writing, new users were being warned of 150 minute waits. (In our experience, the wait ticks away quickly; in one instance, 50 minutes passed by in only 10.)

Once the test environment is set up, users can explore a limited Windows desktop running Office 2007. The preview can be described as a series of tutorials meant to highlight the new features of the Office 2007 System. For example, Outlook 2007 launches with a fully loaded inbox and a window devoted to telling you what you should try out. If you're new to Office 2007, the tutorials appear to be quite informative. This is a great chance to check out the Office Ribbon for yourself. (As an aside, we spotted a handful of errors in the tutorials, including references to the new Office button being in the "upper-right corner," when it's actually on the left. Heads up, new users.)

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Take the 2007 Microsoft Office release out for a test drive!

You are just a few clicks away from a free online test drive of the latest version of Microsoft Office programs. Take them out for a spin in this quick, easy-to-use, browser-based trial experience.

The real-time test drive does not require product installation or download—it's the fastest way to try out 2007 Microsoft Office system programs. In just minutes you can start exploring Microsoft Office through your Web browser on your own, or follow the step-by-step tutorials to experience all of its useful features.

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