Forrester Research in a new study “A Glimpse At The Best And Worst Of Office 2010” based on feedback from “dozens” of information worker and knowledge management professionals, warned of some potential upgrade hassles for business users looking at Office 2010, due by June this year. In potential Office 2010 “speed bumps” section, Forrester analysts mention following:
- Differences between 32 / 64-bit versions of Office. “There’re clear benefits to running 64-bit Office 2010, like much larger Excel workbooks, but it’s not without drawbacks.” One e.g.: ActiveX controls and add-in (COM) dynamic link libraries (DLLs) that were written for 32-bit Office willn’t work in 64-bit.
- “makeover” of VBA language and Office Object Model. VBA’ll support 64-bit with Office 2010 and Object Model has been updated with forthcoming release of Office — something which affects Outlook users. “Customers who wish to do bulk conversions or migrate content with macros and other customization may need to spend more effort for remediation.”
- Integrations may be “clunky.” “Because Microsoft needed to reengineer Groove to work as SharePoint Workspace and features like Outlook Social Connector are brand new, initial experience using these features likely won’t be seamless.”