I adopted Vista Ultimate (32 bit), Office 2007 and Microsoft Office
Accounting Professional 2007 on my personal desktop at my company.
While I looked for reasons to justify upgrading all of my workstations, I
found just the opposite.
I mostly do invoicing of clients for my company. In QuickBooks Premier
2006, emailing an invoice (ugly as they are - with no lines separating the
line items) is a pretty straightforward, simple process. Emailing an
invoice from my new system is a nightmare.
First, there is no default letters like in QBP. The subject lines just say
"Invoice" - no number, no date, nothing to indicate to the receiver which
invoice their emails are without opening each one to see.
Then, there is the problem of emailing everything in Word 2007 format. Most
of my (and probably your) customers are still on Office 2003 (or less).
They cannot view Word 2007 docs as you see them without installing a Word
Viewer. But, that doesn't sound so bad - after all Word Viewer is free,
Sure it's free. But, for your clients to see your pretty new Word 2007 Docs
as you do, they have to do the following (after downloading and installing
the Word Viewer from http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/925180)
To use Word Viewer to open the file, follow these steps:
1. Start Word Viewer.
2. Click File, and then click Open.
3. In the Files of type list, click All Files (*.*).
4. Click to select the file that you want to open, and then click Open.
Ridiculous! They can't even view your docs from Office!
Now, there is an option in Word that will allow you to email your documents
in PDF format. The problem here is that when you choose to email a Word
2007 doc as a PDF attachment, you get a completely blank email with the Word
Doc attached as a PDF.
The TO address, email body, etc. are blank - just more work for me to do.
In QBP, this is all done for me. (And, the irritating thing is that the
first Word email editor stays open after you send the doc as a PDF
attachment from the second email editor window.....why?)
I called Microsoft Office Accounting Professional 2007 support
(1-866-827-1619 just in case you need it) and asked about these problems
(anything that slows me down is a "problem" in my world). They said there
is no way to automatically send an invoice as a PDF attachment from
Microsoft Accounting Professional 2007. There is also no way to make the
subject line say anything but "Invoice". And, there is no default invoice
letter with user fields filled out like there is in QuickBooks Premier 2006.
Do they have any plans to make emailing invoices any easier? No.
So, it's back to XP, Office 2003 and QuickBooks Premier 2006 for me. And,
for my customers....I recommend staying right where they are...they (and I)
will be more productive on XP/2003 than on Vista/2007.
Asta la Vista baby.......