I’ve already done a major post at Gizbuzz about this story, so here I’ll reflect on my thoughts about it.
First of all, how can they remove Outlook from Home & Student Edition??! I think that is probably the application out of my copy of Office 2003 Student & Teacher Edition that I use the most, it’s set up for my primary email account. Does mean I’m locked to Windows to check my mail though.
Most of the editions I mentioned on the post are OEM or Volume Licence jobs, so they’re not the shrink-wrapped boxes that you’ll see in your local PC World.
I don’t like the fact that the UI is only being redone for some of the apps (I think it’s Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access). It seems a bit weird to me to have major inconsistencies in the UI across the Office suite. Yes, I appreciate how big a task it is to completely overhaul Microsoft Office’s UI, but you get the point, hopefully.