Any experiences with Microsoft Office Language Pack?
While I am very happy with my German Office (2003 that is, not 2007), and would not want to change anything due to me being very comfortable with the interface, it would be great to have an additional Excel available to produce files and screen cast in English.
Very often I see absolute basic problems and amateur solutions of how to work with Excel that I just want to scream “this is how it is done!” – but with my German Office I only can produce “German” files.
In search for a solution I came across a product called “Microsoft Office Language Pack 2007” and it seems as if I could use this to have both worlds aka both languages. I was wondering if anybody had experiences with this? From what I understand from the Microsoft page, you just take your office and install the language files on top.
But looking at some other search results it seems as if there is a need to have the English version in order to use it. Anyone out there who could confirm that this is really needed? It also seems as if I would need to have an 2007 in order for this to work properly and there is no way other than to buy an additional English Excel 2003 to get Excel 2003 in English.
In case you are wondering why I am so insisting on 2003: The interface has changed in 2007 – drastically. In case you are just a simple user of three functions, this works great for you. As a power user though it drives me nuts.
To give you a comparison of how much I do not like 2007: I despise Open Office – yes, it is a free tool and it is a great choice for a lot of people, but I am very very efficient in using Excel. I bump into so many UI glitches in OO that I just can’t stand working with it. But if I had the choice between Office 2007 only and Open Office – I would choose OO.
Thankfully I still have my older version of 2003 available. But, as noted above, only in German. Hence the language pack.
I would not mind installing another version of Excel on my machine – that would be the third then, but I assume that I cannot run Excel 2003 in German and English on the same machine. Anyone having experiences with this, please comment too, thanks. :)