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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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