Microsoft Office 2007 (codenamed Office 12) is a version of the Microsoft Office family of office suites and productivity software for Microsoft Windows that was created and released by Microsoft. On November 3, 2006, it was made available for manufacturing; on November 30, 2006, it was made available to volume licensing clients; and on January 30, 2007, it was made available for retail (the same release date of Windows Vista). Office 2003 came before it, and Office 2010 followed.
Ribbons and the Office menu are used in place of menu bars and toolbars in the new Fluent User Interface that Office 2007 introduced. Office 2007 included Office Open XML file formats as the Excel, PowerPoint, and Word default file types. The new formats are designed to make information exchange across applications easier, increase security, make documents smaller, and open up new recovery situations.
Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1, or a later operating system are required for Office 2007. Microsoft Office’s support for Windows XP Professional x64 Edition ends with this release.
New server-side tools and applications are also included in Office 2007. The most notable of them is Groove, a collaboration and communication suite for smaller enterprises that Groove Networks originally created before being bought up by Microsoft in 2005. Office Sharepoint Server 2007, a significant update to the Office application server platform, is also included. It supports “Excel Services,” a client-server architecture for Excel workbooks that are shared in real time between multiple machines and that can also be viewed and edited through a web page.
Microsoft FrontPage has been completely withdrawn from the Office Suite, despite the fact that Office 2007 comes with numerous additional capabilities. Microsoft SharePoint Designer, a tool for creating SharePoint portals, has taken its place. Microsoft Expression Web, its cousin, is intended for general web creation. The latter, nevertheless, is not a component of the Microsoft Office package.