Some institutions are run by Section Managers with next to no appreciation of Systems Design and Analysis. They will purchase new, expensive software without proper consultation and then refuse to account for the increase memory footprint that would be second nature to a lot of people here.
An associate works as a Technical Officer for a large, well-known large cleaning company. His job is to ensure the department's computer systems (desktop PC's), run efficiently and that any hardware or software problems are swiftly rectified. Yet he's refused requisite hardware upgrades on account of budgetary constrains, by the same people who spend large amounts of money on certain corporate events, or unnecessary software. The staff are expected to do more work with less resources, and it's those people I feel sorry for.
Coincidentally, my associate is now looking at starting up his own consultation business.
there really isn't a reason for buying any more office 2xxx from microsoft any more. the recent releases aren't doing much that the previous versions have done. what it means is that the product has gotten good enough for the people. even worse is that the newer version are actually a lot worse then before.
one example where it's worse then before is the file/save feature. when i bought my laptop and it was preloaded with the office 2007, i had to figure out how to save the damn thing. then they added these new features which i didn't care much about.