Thanks for all the responses. I'm not sure if I clearly framed my question. Let me go back to basics and explain it the only way I know how. When we turn on our laptop and Windows opens, I see three "identities"--one is mine, one is my husband's and one is for a "guest" (set up so a friend could go online to check her e-mail when she was visiting.) One of my main reasons for upgrading from Office 2003 is that more and more I'm getting documents from others that I can't open because they are using Office 2010. I'd also like to be able to save my word documents as a .pdf file on occasion.
If DH is using the computer, he clicks on his identity and it brings up his screen with his shortcuts, etc. He has his own "My Documents", "My Pictures", Internet identity and his own Outlook which he uses for his calendar, tasks, e-mail, etc. I do the same thing if I'm the one on the computer. They aren't password protected and either one of us can access the others account if necessary. If I want to put an appointment on his calendar (e.g. for something we're doing together) I usually "invite him to a meeting" in Outlook (sending him an e-mail) and he puts it on his calendar.
We have separate Earthlink e-mail accounts and I know if I needed to I could use their system for our e-mail but we would still need the calendar, task and contacts functionality of a program like Outlook. I'm questioning if this set up would be possible with the Home and Business 2010 under the "2 computers, one user" scenario.
If I'm understanding the answers I'm getting, it probably wouldn't work this way. My grandson (a real computer geek) has suggested the "OpenOffice" software and another friend suggested using "Organizer" for our calendar, contacts, notes, etc. I've looked into Organizer but it looks like it's out of date (e.g.doesn't support Win7.) I have Windows Home Premium 2007 on the computer but was not aware of the "e-mail that resembles Outlook" that Johno02 mentioned. More info would be appreciated.
My main concern is that DH and I be able to continue to have our own identities on the computer as I defined it above.
FYI, I'm using Firefox for my web browser if that makes any difference. All of your help and suggestions are appreciated. It looks like there are a few different directions I could go that would meet my needs and wouldn't involve spending the big bucks for Office 2010.
We have separate Earthlink e-mail accounts and I know if I needed to I could use their system for our e-mail but we would still need the calendar, task and contacts functionality of a program like Outlook.
FYI, I'm using Firefox for my web browser if that makes any difference. All of your help and suggestions are appreciated.
I haven't used Outlook in almost 8 years. You may want to look at Mozilla's Thunderbird email client, with Lightning Calendar - both of course FREE. It will do everything you mentioned. Plus, combined with Google Calendar(GMail), it will automatically sync your calendar and contacts(via gContactSync) wirelessly with your computer, notebook, tablets, and smartphones. This is what I'm doing, and it works great!
Check out the e-mail that comes with Win7. It does everything you want, just better than Outlook. I have it on our laptop, and we each get our own mail on our own login, or I can get it all on my login. I also use Office 2007 for word and Excel, thinking about Office Home 2010 for those. Win e-mail is not the same in Vista and Win7, Win 7 version is better.
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Had to go look, but its Windows Live Mail in Win7. Mine works fine with my charter.net accounts. Being Microsoft, of course it wants you to use a Hotmail account, but nothing makes you do it. However, I do have a Hotmail account, thats the address I give on all the junk that wants an e-mail address. Keeps all the junk and spam away from my real accounts.
One of my main reasons for upgrading from Office 2003 is that more and more I'm getting documents from others that I can't open because they are using Office 2010. I'd also like to be able to save my word documents as a .pdf file on occasion.
Please try OpenOffice. It is free and should open the Office 2010 documents that Office 2003 doesn't. It will also save any document as a pdf.
Another option for printing pdfs is to download Bullzip Printer. It will create a "printer" that, instead of printing a hard copy, will create a pdf document. I've used it for years, no issues and there are other programs out there as well that can do the same.
If OpenOffice works, GREAT! You keep the rest of your system as it is. If this doesn't work to your satisfaction, uninstall them and you're out $0.
I also believe that most versions of Office are available as a free 30 or 60 day Trial Download, so you could always test it out before you buy. Sorry, I don't have the link handy, but our students do it all of the time. ON EDIT: Here's the link.
All that said, I really like Office 2010. I think it is a great product, and I really haven't been an MSOffice fanboy in a LONG time. Keep in mind that menus have all been "reorganized" with the introduction of "the Ribbon" on the top of the screen. Once you get the hang of it, I think it's a big improvement over Office 2007. Even bigger change from Office 2003, but I liked 2003 better than 2007.
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I think you can do what you have intended. You must have one profile but you can have multiple accounts. Outlook multiple accounts
You could have the profile be for the general family access, then setup two separate email accounts under the one outlook profile.
You can have all of the incoming email from EACH account be sorted into separate folders
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I'm wondering if I can download OpenOffice, use that for word processing and spreadsheets, while keeping Outlook 2003--or even installing Outlook 2010 which I understand can be purchased separately. I've also downloaded the compatibility software for Word and Excel so I should be able to open documents from the later formats.
I just found out that my Earthlink e-mail program doesn't work with Windows 7, so I'll continue to have to use Outlook or something similar to download our e-mail.