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Microsoft Schedules Office Developer Conference

Developers for Microsoft Office are getting their first dedicated conference from Microsoft early next year.

Microsoft this week announced that the first Microsoft Office System Developer Conference will be held Feb. 2-4 at Microsoft's Redmond, Wash. campus. According to Microsoft, about 800 developers will attend from industry partner and customer companies.

"This is our first developer conference for the entire Microsoft Office System, signifying the transformation of Microsoft Office from a suite of products to a platform on which developers can build valuable solutions for Microsoft Office System customers," Adam LeVasseur, group product manager in the Information Worker Product Management Group at Microsoft, said in a statement.

Microsoft introduced the Microsoft Office System in October 2003. In addition to the Microsoft Office suite and applications, the Office System includes Exchange Server, SharePoint Portal Server, Project Server, Live Communications Server, Live Meeting and Visio.

The products are part of the Information Worker business unit, which accounted for nearly $11 billion in revenues for Microsoft in its last full financial year.

Microsoft has offered little public guidance on its next version of Office, code-named "Office 12," and the new conference could prove to be a clearinghouse for information on that version.

About the Author

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

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