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SharePoint 2010 without upgrading to Office 2010?

Posted By:      Posted Date: October 05, 2010    Points: 0   Category :SharePoint

We planned on upgrading our SharePoint server from 2007 to 2010 before rolling out Office 2010 by about 6 months. We were just told yesterday that this is a bad idea due to incompatabilities with Infopath and SharePoint Designer. We realize we have to run SPD 2010 with SharePoint 2010, but are the other Office applications really that big of a deal? We only have a handful of SPD users, out of thousands of everyday users. All of our Infopath forms are designed to be browser based, and not opened in the client.

If this is a really an issue, what types of problems will we see running the Enterprise version of SharePoint 2010 while our users will be on Office 2007? For Infopath developement, can we not just upgrade those developers to Office 2010, and leave the rest of our users on 2007 for a while longer? The only real issue I can find would be some of the Office Web Applications would have features disabled if the user didn't have a full Office 2010 Suite installed.

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