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 Antonio—and virtually every major market in between, according to the firm.

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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About the Author

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.

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Sat, Jan 3, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

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Sun, Nov 2, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

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Sun, Nov 2, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

we must pay $$$ to make others live. and if they stop updating software. many people will suffer.

Sun, Oct 26, 2003 Jeff VA

Isnt it a harrowing game we play of "Tag I found a new hole in a office security". Keeping up with updates and patches and new security threats is more than a full time job at many orginazations these days. I see the eb and flow of the Hacker vs the Microsoft developer always shifting back and fourth. Mean wile the only one getting rich is bill gates and the rest of the hi ups in microsoft. No system is perfect at this time and I doubt there ever will be a true intrusion proof computer in my lifetime. I do think however its time we stop falling for the latest and greatest thing and work on making something that maybe does not come out every year or two when its nothing but the old product with all the bug fixes installed. I would like to see a nice major jump in security and useability with a totaly new productivity package that Im not going to have to upgrade in two years.

Thu, Oct 23, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

I find no compelling reasons to want to spend several hundreds of $$$ to upgrade from ofc2000 or ofcXP when these ofc suite are still productive. The only thing I see in ofc2003 that may be worth upgrading to is outlook2003.

Tue, Oct 21, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

I can't wait to have it in my lovely Windows XP. They are so good together as a husband and wive, inseparable.

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