Office XP - Microsoft have had there development team hard at it again, and have produced a very competant product, a little resources hungry, but on the right hardware essentially a very good piece of software. The big question is, is it worth upgrading from 2000, the simple answer is; for most people NO, Office Suites are like mail virus' in that once one company gets them, everyone ends up with them, because of those slight incompatibility issues that crop up between new and old office documents, so everyone will eventually move to XP, as a lot of companies seem to have resisted the move to 2000, and we can't afford to sit two generations behind the latest products, How many people run Office 95 now? I could yarn on about XP's new features and messenger and yet more internet integration, but it's all in the literature on this and many other sites, make your own mind up, if your IT budget needs another unneccessary dent go for it. So in summary, a very good product, an eXPensive upgrade path that WILL happen for most companies for fear of being left behind, but don't rush out for it yet!
Office Developer comes with a packaging wizard. Be warned. The developer edition has language packs only for the language of the main office programme. The package will only install on windows editions in the same language. This means that if, for example, your office edition is in English any package you produce will not install on a French edition of Windows operating system. I have been trying to get a response to this problem from Microsoft for three months. No answer from MS UK or MS corporate. As far as I can see this product will not perform as advertised - enable you to protect your intelectual property. Consider Linux and perl/php as a good alternative.