Office 97 is a major release of Microsoft Office, which includes hundreds of new features and improvements over its predecessor, Office 95. Office 97 introduced \"Command Bars,\" a paradigm in which menus and toolbars were made more similar in capability and visual design. It also featured natural language systems and sophisticated grammar checking. Office 97 is the first version of Office to feature the Office Assistant, a feature designed to assist users by the way of an interactive animated character, which interfaced with the Office help content. The default assistant was \"Clippit\", nicknamed \"Clippy\", a paperclip.
Office 97 was released in five editions: Standard, Professional, Small Business, Developer and Premium. The Standard edition included Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. The Professional edition added Access and Bookshelf. The Small Business edition added Publisher and Small Business Financial Manager. The Developer edition added Visual Basic for Applications and other tools for creating custom applications. The Premium edition included all the applications from the other editions plus FrontPage, PhotoDraw and Expedia Streets.
Office 97 was compatible with Windows NT 3.51 SP5, Windows 95 or later. It was not officially supported on Windows XP or later versions of Windows. It was the last version of Office to support Windows NT 3.51 SP5 and Windows NT 4.0 RTMâSP2; as the following version, Office 2000 only supported Windows 95, Windows NT 4.0 SP3 or later. Two Service Releases (SR-1 and SR-2) were released for Office 97; SR-2 solved the year 2000 problem in Office 97.
Office 97 was a huge success for Microsoft and became one of the most popular software products of all time. It sold over 88 million copies worldwide by March 1999. It also received positive reviews from critics and users alike, who praised its improved functionality, interface and performance. Some of the new features that were widely appreciated were the spell checker, the grammar checker, the AutoCorrect, the AutoFormat, the AutoSummarize, the Find Fast, the Web integration and the Office Assistant.
Office 97 also had some drawbacks and limitations that were criticized by some users. Some of the common complaints were about the installation size, the system requirements, the compatibility issues, the stability problems, the security vulnerabilities and the annoying behavior of the Office Assistant. Some users also preferred the older versions of Office or alternative office suites such as Lotus SmartSuite, Corel WordPerfect Office or StarOffice.
Office 97 was replaced by Office 2000 in June 1999, which introduced more features and enhancements such as adaptive menus, personalized menus, self-repairing applications, web collaboration, HTML editing and more. However, many users continued to use Office 97 for years after its successor was released, due to its familiarity, reliability and compatibility.
Office 97 is still remembered as a classic office suite that set the standard for many of its features and functions that are still used today. It is also a nostalgic product for many users who grew up with it or used it for their work or school projects. Office 97 is a part of Microsoft's history and legacy that will not be forgotten. 06063cd7f5