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    SIMS compatibility

    We are currently using Office 2003 with the 2007 compatibility pack. The County Council is now switching to 2007 and I'm being asked the question "should we?"

    I believe there were some issues with 2007 and SIMS, have these been resolved?

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    Yes i think they have now.

    I have many users using Office 2007 with SIMS, reports work okay, they can edit and run individual reports via assessment manager too. The interface is a bit different and they have to find the toolbar but its fine.

    Personally, i don't like the Office 2007 interface much, so have avoided it so far, but have done a bit of testing on a virtual machine.

    We don't use Profiles, so if you do, that would be one to test, but other than that it seems to be ok.

    As a precaution, i'd just keep one machine still running the old office as a backup.

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    I think I'll hold on as long as poss. Who knows, we might jump straight to Office 2010.

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    Good idea except 2010 is very similar in look and feel to 2007, so i dont want to go there either!!

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    Word of advice, make sure you uninstall the compatability packe BEFORE you install Office 2007. The only problem is that if, at a later date you decide to remove the compatability pack with Office 2007 installed it also uninstalls all the file associations... Even though Office is installed!

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    Been using Office 2007 with SIMS since September 2007 and had no issues that I can remember.

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