My overall impressions are:
- Excel: few real changes, maybe slightly improved
- PowerPoint: Using themes in PPT 2003 mode is ... a recipe for madness.
- Word: mostly better, but some odd new gaps
- Access: buggy and mostly worse for what I do (data analysis, manipulation)
- Outlook: almost every significant new feature is broken, some hideously broken. For heaven's sake, don't try the feed reader sync with IE 7 on a non-trivial feed list -- unless you like to see your machine meltdown. Some ancient bugs were fixed.
The main benefits of Office 2007 seem to be that it does work, awkwardly, with Sharepoint 2007 document management, whereas Office 2003 is a total fail. (Non-Office applications are even worse, which suggests that the European anti-trust effort has finally collapsed.)
Which brings me to the bizarre stuff I keep running across then forget about. I'll put one in one or two then add more. These aren't bugs -- those are too numerous (esp in Outlook 2007) to list. These aren't rants on the half-baked user-customizeable quick reference bar or the new UI (which is dumb but I'm used to it now), these are just bizarre design choice.
- Word tables: There's a whizzy new table creator, but we've lost control over row and cell attributes. Try to copy table cell shading from one cell to another cell. The table overall didn't work; the Office team should figure out what went wrong and fix it.
- Word auto-format: Even more intrusive, though less often wrong.
- In Outlook 2007, unlike 2003, you can't
- PowerPoint "Theme" revision - at least when used in PPT 2003 compatibility mode. Oh, my, Lord ...
Update 11/4/09: The more I use it, the more I wish Microsoft would go away (they won't)
- In Outlook there's no visual indicator to differentiate between blocked times (appointments) and meetings (has attendees). When I look at my calendar I'm not sure whether I'm late for some work I set for myself or if I've got people waiting for me.
- I hate, hate, hate that I can't get PowerPoint to open windows on more than a single monitor. (To be fair, I think Microsoft screwed this up ages ago).