Ok, I didn’t go for a new laptop (still like the screen dimensions of my T500 better than the “viewing slits” of more recent computers).
However, I finally managed to update from Office 2007 to Office 2010. Mainly for the new ability to sync Onenote Notebooks via Windows Live. The Update went quite alright, with the exception of some nice, little tools that didn’t survive the transition 🙁 and some keyboard shortcuts that were completely unnecessarily changed. Grrr… – but sort of expected. I could fix most of it with some new authotkey scripts.
But what really I found it rather frustrating: that the Reference Manager (my bibliographic software that I use for keeping track of my literature and for handling the references in my manuscripts) is still not compatible with Office 2010. I really didn’t see that coming… I mean, the software is produced by Thomson Reuters, who produce Web of Science (Web of Knowledge) and label themselves “the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals”. Bla, bla, bla. And if a support guy says in the forum that “We hope to have a free update available by the end of the year.” (see here), then I’m certainly not holding my breath.
Maybe it’s time to explore Mendeley and Zotero a bit more.
On a different note: No major changes seem to have happened in Outlook. But that the option for viewing and answering emails in plain text is located in File->Options (Hm..)->Trust Center (!!)->Email Security (WTF??) was, shall we say…slightly surprising. And MS owes me another 30 minutes of my life.