Like probably many of you, I have been using Office 2007 for quite a while now. In my case it has been over a year, but then I am a bleading edge kind of guy on these things. But this week I added an employee and she brought her own laptop which, of course, has Office 2003 installed. So when she needed a document I was working on but haddn't put up on the server, I tried to mail it to her.
By submitting your personal information, you agree that TechTarget and its partners may contact you regarding relevant content, products and special offers.
Naturally, she got the document and complained she could read it. I thought about telling her to download the patch on her machine, but instead I just opened it back up on mine and did a "save as word 2000-2003" operation and mailed that. Several hours later she asked me when I was going to get around to sending her the document again.
Look in my email outbox, and there it is. Still trying to send. What do I find? This 20MB document became a 100MB document when saved in the old format! Thinking back, I had seen this bloat before with PowerPoint, I pushed it out of my mind because that was the beta version and assumed there was no way they would release the product like that. I guess I was wrong!
If you are thinking, well maybe they just got really good with the new file format. No. It was a small document (24 pages, with a bit of graphics) that surely would not have been more than 20MB if I had written it originally in 2003, and probably less. So if you have a mixed office environemt you are going to have to pay attention to this bloat. Users should probably be encouraged to convert at the recipient rather than what I did.