News

Office XP Released to Manufacturing

Microsoft Corp. released to manufacturing its next version of the Office suite early Monday morning. Retail availability is expected for later this spring.

The suite, called Office XP, is aimed at extending Office’s capabilities into workspace collaboration, an area where Lotus Development Corp.’s Domino/Notes combination has a strong presence.

“Office XP can be a knowledge hub for people, where they can easily access information from a variety of sources, use additional services and communicate with other people,” said Steven Sinofsky, senior vice president for Office, in a statement.

The XP name stands for experience. It is also the name Microsoft chose for its next generation operating system client, Windows XP, due out this fall.

A key new feature is integration with Microsoft’s new collaboration server called SharePoint Portal Server, which is not yet out. Microsoft put out a Release Candidate 1 of SharePoint in early January, saying it would be the only Release Candidate. The company recently posted a second Release Candidate of SharePoint, which was formerly known by its code name Tahoe.

Another new collaboration feature of Office XP is Smart Tags, which lets developers create workflow capabilities into Office. A free Smart Tag Software Developer kit became available Feb. 21.

Microsoft began development of Office XP, formerly known as Office 10, about two years ago. An initial beta version went to 3,000 testers in August, and a second beta went to 10,000 testers in October.

In the eating your own dog food category, more than 20,000 Microsoft employees are running the software.

Early adopters include Timex and Vanguard. – Scott Bekker

Related Stories:

Microsoft Expands Number of Office Users

Microsoft Releases Outlook Patch

About the Author

Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

Featured

  • Microsoft Shifting Away from Office 365 Brand Name in April

    Microsoft on Monday announced coming product naming changes, where "Office 365" is mostly getting replaced by the "Microsoft 365" brand.

  • Microsoft Grows Services Amid COVID-19

    Microsoft in a Saturday announcement recapped how its services have been affected by "shelter-in-place" governmental mandates in the last week, providing details on growth stats and prioritizations.

  • Microsoft Adds 6 More Months to Expiring Certification Programs

    Microsoft has announced an extension to the end date of three certification programs slated for retirement.

  • Microsoft's Surface Pro X: It's Like the Surface RT, But Better

    There's a lot about the Surface Pro X that's reminiscent of the ill-fated Surface RT. But despite the similarities, this might just be one of the rare cases where the sequel is better than the original.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.