New Microsoft Office Version Launches
Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates kick off series of high-profile events to unveil the latest edition of Microsoft Office.
Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates is kicking off a
series of high-profile events this week to unveil the latest edition of Microsoft
Office to the world. The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant is slated to roll
out the latest generation of its market-share-dominating productivity suite
in selected cities around the country, from New York to Spokane, Minneapolis
to San Antonioand virtually every major market in between, according to
The formal unveiling takes place today, when Bill Gates and company take the
stage at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York and show off what observers
say is an exceptionally broad offering that looks to take Office far beyond
its roots as a desktop productivity package. By using XML in the new Office,
"the flow of information between the desktop and the back-end applications
is revolutionized," Gates has said.
The new Office suite (Microsoft now prefers "system" to "suite")
encompasses the 2003 editions of the expected core applications, such as Word,
Excel, PowerPoint and Access, along with applications that are said to significantly
ramp up its collaborative capabilities. Among these are SharePoint, Microsoft's
teamwork and collaboration tool, and InfoPath, a new application for designing
and executing dynamic electronic forms and data input templates. In fact, collaboration
appears to be the name of the game in this new release.
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Jack Vaughan is Editor-at-Large at Application Development Trends magazine and a conference chair for the XML Web Services One Conference. John K. Waters is a freelance writer based in Palo Alto, California.