This high $$ computer came with a 60 day free trial to Microsoft Office, but now I need to decide what to do regarding an office software package.
My previous employer has a licensing agreement with Microsoft and before I retired I purchased some software, including Microsoft Office Professional, Enterprise Edition 2003. Also included are three "applications" discs, one from July 2005 that has "Microsoft Office Professional (microsoft Office Outlook, 2003 with Business Contact Manager Update)" on on the CD label, and also a January 2006 two-CED "service pack" that relates to Microsoft Office Professional Enterprise Edition 2003.
I'm hoping these will be adequate for my limited "office" software needs, but I have a couple of questions before I try to install them:
1. Will this software, which I must assume was developed to run using the XP Professional O/S, be compatible with the Vista O/S? Right after I got the computer, I was having the issue discussed in my "Very Frustrated Vista O/S user" thread and approached the B & M where I purchased the system. They told me the IE issues were realted to installation of incompatible software, so I uninstalled everything, but as we all know the IE issue continued until an HP service rep managed to find the right box for a check mark on the IE options tab.....so, obviously it was not the result of incompatible software as the tech department of the B & M told me. Still, I don't really want to even attempt to install it if it won't work with the Vista O/S, would rather buy a Vista compatible office package if that is an issue. Can anyone tell me anything about this compatibility issue?
2. Should there be no incompatibility issue with the Office Pro software, why might I need to "install" the three service pack CD's, they all say "Applications Student Media/work at home media". Even the June 2004 disc that seems to be the Office Pro software says "Applications Student Media" on it. As I understand it, the service packs might be necessary if I wanted to work from home and interface with the business's website "interactive" services, but would all those "work at home" service packs be necessary if I don't want to do that, just work (primarily in Microsoft Word) on my own computer at home?
Thanks in advance for whatever information you can provide....I haven't priced a specific Vista compatible office package yet, just wanted to see if I could save a few $$ without creating massive problems for myself by using these already in-hand products.