Works Suite 2001 Provides Essential Tools for the Productive Family

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 6, 2000 — Many individuals are looking for ways to simplify and organize their household and lifestyle. Whether consumers are managing their family’s financial health, keeping track of important dates such as birthdays and anniversaries, creating photo projects, transferring contact information to their mobile phones or just mapping out directions for a road trip, they can now do so quickly and easily with one software package: Microsoft® Works Suite 2001 released today.

Works Suite 2001 includes the latest editions of leading software from Microsoft Corp., including Word, Works,* Encarta® Encyclopedia, Money, Picture It!® Publishing, and Streets & Trips. New to Works Suite is technology that makes it easy to transfer data to mobile phones, and Windows® CE 2.0 operating system-based and Palm 3.0-compatible devices.

Take Key Information With You

With the addition of FoneSync™ 3.1, a PC software product from™
, consumers can now easily transfer the names and numbers of friends and family from their Works Address Book into digital mobile phones,** eliminating the time-consuming task of entering each name and number twice. FoneSync gives consumers immediate access to their contacts, whether they are at home or on the road, extending the reach of the Works Address Book to wherever they are.

“Works Suite 2001 is a complete software package that helps consumers complete all home productivity tasks and still stay in sync when not at home,”
said Phil Spencer, general manager of the Home Imaging and Publishing Group at Microsoft.
“Now they can enjoy the perks of a personal assistant by gaining access to important contact information while on the road.”

“We’re proud that FoneSync is one of the featured technologies in Works Suite 2001,”
said Lisa Gower, director of Sales Programs at Inc.
“Together, Microsoft and are linking home consumers’ PCs with their mobile phones, making it easier than ever for Works users to have their most up-to-date, important contact information with them always.”

New Features Help Consumers Complete All Their Home Tasks

Whether researching a school report, shopping online or planning a special project at home, with the new Works Portfolio users can collect and organize photos, text, Web pages, documents and more, all in one place.

Works Suite 2001 features a broad range of applications that enable the entire family to complete a variety of projects:

  • Microsoft Works 6.0 provides essential tools such as a spreadsheet, database, calendar and address book. The new Works spreadsheet file format is compatible with Excel 97 or later and does not require any conversion. Consumers always will have the latest information with them by transferring data to mobile phones and handheld devices.

  • Microsoft Word 2000 enables home users to write reports and letters, format newsletters with the new Works Format Gallery, and even add text and photos from the Works Portfolio.

  • Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia Standard 2001 allows consumers to research topics from more than 36,000 articles and thousands of links to the World Wide Web.

  • Microsoft Money 2001 Standard offers consumers tools to track their income, pay bills and get stock quotes from the MSN® MoneyCentral™
    online personal finance service, providing total financial health and long-term money management while helping them effortlessly manage day-to-day finances.

  • Microsoft Picture It! Publishing 2001 allows consumers to choose from among 5,000 templates to create print and Web projects such as invitations, newsletters, personal Web pages and multimedia greetings.

  • Microsoft Streets & Trips 2001 lets consumers navigate more than 6 million miles of roads. More than 10,000 Web links and access to road construction and weather information help consumers reach their destination quickly and easily.

Pricing and Availability of Works Suite 2001

The estimated retail price for Works Suite 2001 is $109 (U.S.).*** Works Suite 2001 comes with more than $65 in valuable coupons including special offers from,, FamilyPC, Avery Denison Corp. and (Certain offer restrictions apply to coupon offers.)

Works Suite 2001 is available beginning today. Customers can visit for more information on the Works line of products.

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* Microsoft Word is the default word processor in Microsoft Works Suite 2001. Works Suite includes the Works 6.0 word processor; however, predefined templates and wizards (such as letters and reports) in the Task Launcher will use Word 2000.

** FoneSync provides an easy and fast way to move names and numbers from Works Suite 2001 to a digital mobile phone. FoneSync works with a wide variety of cell phones. To use this version of FoneSync to transfer contacts to your cell phone, you need an additional cable.

*** To be eligible for Microsoft Works Suite 2001, you must be a licensed user of any one of the following applications:

  • Microsoft Works (all versions)

  • Microsoft Word (version 6.0 or later for MS-DOS® , Windows and Windows NT® Workstation)

  • WordPerfect for MS-DOS (4.0 to 5.1)

  • WordPerfect for Windows (5.1 to 6.1)

  • Productivity suites from Novell and Corel that contain these WordPerfect versions

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