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Office 2007 eats 12x more memory than Office 2000

Staff at XPnet, a global repository of Computer Performance related knowledge and data, have published an extensive research on the extent of Bloatware.

Case in point, they've paired contemporary Microsoft (opens in new tab) operating systems with Microsoft Office suite: Windows 2000 + Office 2000; Windows XP (SP1) + Office XP; Windows XP (SP2) + Office 2003; and Windows Vista + Office 2007.

The benchmarks, the results and subsequent conclusions returned were startling.

Office 2007 paired with Windows Vista consumed 12 times more memory and three times as much processing power as Office 2000 and Windows 2000.

This, according to the reviewers, proves that what (generally) the hardware gives, software will take. It also shows that incremental improvements are often accompanied by substantial increase in hardware requirements which in turn encourages business users to upgrade.

Although not a definitive guide to how Microsoft Office suite perform generally, the article written by XPnet is a good starting point for those who are on the verge of moving platforms and office suite altogether.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.