Since Office 2007 was launched, a number of analysts have written about Office 2007, customer plans and end user adoption. Here are links to a few studies and reports that you may want to check out:
2007 Survey: Office 2007 Off to a Fast Start with Users (Gartner, April 30, 2008) This research presents results from the annual Gartner office automation products North American and European surveys for 2007. The findings enable IT organizations to compare their Office product deployment plans with the plans of survey respondents.
Forrester Data Chart – Microsoft Office -The Current And Very Likely Future King Of Desktop Productivity (Forrester Research, April 2, 2008, ppt file, 359 kb) This PowerPoint deck presents data charts originally published in Forrester’s independent analyst report, “March 2008 North American and Western European Enterprise Microsoft Office 2007 Adoption Online Survey”. Based on a survey of 259 IT decision-makers at enterprises in North America and European enterprises, Forrester found that most enterprises (83%) believe Microsoft to be the innovation leader in desktop productivity.
Forrester Data Chart – The State Of Microsoft Office 2007 Desktop Adoption (Forrester Research, March 31, 2008, pptx file, 166 kb) This PowerPoint deck presents data charts originally published in Forrester’s independent analyst report, “March 2008 North American and Western European Enterprise Microsoft Office 2007 Adoption Online Survey”. Based on a survey of 259 IT decision-makers at enterprises in North America and European enterprises, Forrester found that more than 40% of enterprises have Office 2007 desktop applications in use and that most will deploy Office 2007 desktop applications within the next 12 months.
2008 Likely to See Broad Adoption of Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (IDC, January 2008, .pdf file, 168 kb) The report provides the results of a survey conducted by IDC in October 2007 to gauge adoption of Office 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007.
A Look at Improvements and Shortcoming in Microsoft Office 2007 Desktop Applications (Forrester Research, July 17, 2007, .pdf, 464 kb) This report, the second in Forrester’s “Innovation on the Desktop” series, states that “the breadth of Microsoft Office 2007 and its change of focus from desktop apps to a full system targeted at information workers warrants careful consideration by (Information and Knowledge Management Professionals.)” Analyst Kyle McNabb writes that “office productivity will evolve, taking advantage of more thin client and SaaS approaches, but we’ve not seen the end of the thick client.”
Developers, Get Ready: 2007 Microsoft Office Is A Serious Application Platform (Forrester Research, May 22, 2006, .pdf, 267K). “The prospect of business applications that employ Outlook, Excel, and/or Word as their user interfaces is very exciting to developers who want to focus on business processes, transaction processing, content management, and other back-office value rather than building user interfaces.”