White Paper – MS Office Compatibility with SharePoint

For those that have been involved with SharePoint for awhile the document title “Good, Better, Best” should ring some bells.  There was a document with that title published with the last few SharePoint versions that compared the various MS Office suites going back to Office 2000 and detailed how they interacted with SharePoint features.  An updated version has been published in the form of a 37 page white paper called Business Productivity at Its Best

This document is important because the hardware and software refresh cycles at most companies are much different than it is for servers.  I have worked with a few clients in the past few months that still have a significant number of users on Office 2003 for example.  When providing them SharePoint 2010 guidance the information needs to match what they can expect in their environment with the products they have.  This document will provide excellent information that may help justify accelerating the upgrade to Office 2010 or if not will help illustrate what features will not be available (ex. co-authoring).  The white paper also includes information on the mobile and offline capabilities which are also becoming much more important in deployment projects.

I highly recommend this document to anyone planning or engaged in a deployment or upgrade to SharePoint 2010. 

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