Features and Benefits of Microsoft® Office® XP® and Microsoft® Office® 2003
What are the improvements of MS Office 2003 when compared to MS Office XP?
Microsoft Office XP and Microsoft Office 2003 are productivity suites that help users to perform their work easily and in a better way. There are numerous Microsoft Office suites such as Microsoft Office 2000, Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Office 2010. All these versions have different features within them. Microsoft Office XP is the successor of Microsoft Office 2000 and is the predecessor of Microsoft Office 2003. Microsoft Office 2003 and Microsoft XP include advanced features like supported extended file formats, refined user experiences, and much more. Both the productivity suites include different editions like MS Office Student and Teacher edition, Standard edition, Small Business edition, Professional edition etc. All these editions include common Microsoft Office applications like MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, etc. All these features add functionality to the Microsoft Office application. Most of the features in the different versions might be similar and as the version gets advanced, the features included in them also improve.
Following are the features and benefits of MS Office XP and MS Office 2003 and also the improvements made in MS Office 2003:
- Features and benefits
- Speech feature
- Task panes
Features and benefits
Microsoft Office XP has got two editions namely Enterprise edition and Retail edition whereas the edition of Microsoft Office 2003 include Professional edition, Small business edition, Standard edition and Student and Teacher edition. The Enterprise edition of MS Office XP is specially designed for corporate customers and the Small Business edition of MS Office 2003 is designed for business people for enhancing their business. Safe mode, smart tag, speech and handwriting recognition and clipboard are some of the features included in MS Office XP whereas Instant messaging, speech feature and ask a question box are some of the features of MS office 2003.
Speech is one of the improved features available in MS Office 2003 as compared to MS Office XP. The speech feature provides the voice commands with which you could open and select menus in an application. In order to use the voice dictation and voice commands, the speech feature provides you a number of possibilities. While using these features you would have to practice it in the documents which you are not using.
Another important improvement in Microsoft Office 2003 is the improvement made in the task pane, a multipurpose Windows pane which appears at the right side of the Microsoft Office application. Microsoft Office 2003 makes use of the task pane and has replaced dialog boxes. File task pane, clipboard task pane, clip art task pane, search task pane are some of the task panes which are available in Microsoft Office 2003. Research task pane is the newly introduced task pane which allows you to take the benefit of research and reference services.