A spokesman for the Microsoft Office user group today confirmed that upgrading to the 2010 version was definitely worth the effort and investment, especially when compared to remaining with the 2007 version.
"It's much better and includes all the functionality missing from the 2007 version, although I have to admit it's quite a bit slower and costs an extra £400" said Max Jones from the user group.
"The new functionality includes the return of the file menu which was removed in the 2007 version and this is the main reason why users will benefit from the upgrade. And if that's not enough remember that extended support for Office 2007 will be withdrawn in 2017, so there's a real benefit of moving to the new version today."
Intel spokesman Steve Markham said he agreed with the user group's suggestion and said that performance of the application improves vastly if you also upgrade to a quad core i7 processor with 32Gb of dual channel DDR3 memory and six new solid state X25 Intel disk drives in a RAID-0 configuration all running under Windows 2007 Enterprise 64 bit version "The file menu appears almost instantaneously with that set-up."