Office 2007 Overkill for Schools

Via Stephen Downes and Dave Warlick is a previous report I filed away in January. It seems that the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) doesn’t see much value in adopting MS Office 2007 for schools:

A Becta review of Office 2007 identified more than 170 new features, but considered many of them to be of more use in a business environment than an educational one.

A detailed analysis of the new functionality again found that none of the new features was a “must have” for schools and colleges.

Becta said, “As the costs of deployment of Office 2007 would be significant, Becta has not identified any convincing justification for the early adoption of Office 2007.”

I’ve already said why I won’t use Vista and I don’t feel any pressure to start with Office 2007 either.

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One Response to “Office 2007 Overkill for Schools”

  1. Chris

    Office is too advanced for schools. Period.

    There are too few people who can write coherent sentences, let alone format a simple document properly in any word processor. Which do you suppose is the more critical skill?

    Students don’t need Office. They don’t need to learn Office. They don’t even need to be exposed to Office.

    They need to read more books. They need to understand that when they’re 25 years old and can’t write their way out of a wet paper bag PEOPLE WILL THINK THEY’RE UNEDUCATED (and people will be right).

    How’s that for a rant? 🙂


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