New Microsoft Works Suite 2002 Provides Families With One-Box Shopping For All Home-Computing Needs

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 30, 2001 — Microsoft Works Suite 2002 keeps families on track so they will never be late or lost, miss a bill payment or forget a birthday. Released today by Microsoft Corp., Works Suite 2002 offers a terrific value, providing simple solutions for the whole family at one very low price. Works Suite 2002 combines the superior word processing of Microsoft Word, the rich, up-to-date content of the Microsoft Encarta multimedia encyclopedia, the budget-balancing features of Microsoft Money; the mapping prowess of Streets & Trips, and the photo-enhancing features of Picture It! Photo 2002. .

Works Suite, the best-selling 1 complete productivity software solution for the home, is an affordable software package that keeps the family PC up to date. Retailing for $109 2 , Works Suite 2002 enables families who have had their PC for a few years to upgrade to the newest versions of useful computer applications and provides a substantial savings.

Making Everyday Tasks Easier

The redesigned Works Task Launcher, with an updated interface, makes Works Suite easy to use for the entire family. Whether parents need to create a budget or a grocery list 3 , the Works Task Launcher has more than 250 professionally designed templates and wizards to help them get started. A click on the History tab will allow them to access documents created by any member of the family in the past.

The Task Launcher also features an Answer Wizard, which allows family members to ask for help in their own words and receive directions to the application or template best suited for their project.

“Works Suite 2002 has the newest versions of top-selling software at an affordable price, so any project in any application of Works Suite 2002 gets completed quickly and easily,”
said Michelle Kline, product manager in the Home Imaging and Publishing Group at Microsoft.

Something for the Whole Family

With its integration between applications, Works Suite 2002 4 is a complete home-computing aid. For example, the Works Calendar has Reminders that can be set to remind families of upcoming assignments, events or birthdays. The Works Address Book will also automatically add birthdays or anniversaries into the Calendar.

Works Suite 2002 enables a family to stay organized and complete a variety of projects using several new applications:

  • New!
    Microsoft Word 2002 makes everyday tasks simple by providing easier document formatting and greater reliability and data recovery capabilities. This new version of Word gives families the flexibility to undo automatic corrections; create smart tags to attach information to names, addresses and dates; and keep an updated word count in their letters, reports or newsletters. Documents also can be translated into other languages with the new Translation feature.

  • New!
    Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia Standard 2002 is a dependable reference tool and research aid that offers families 38,500 comprehensive articles, 26,750 editorially screened Web links and multimedia content that brings information to life. Live radio, weather and MSNBC news reports provide up-to-date information from around the world. Encarta Updates also keep information current by providing updated content when users log on to the Internet.

  • New!
    Microsoft Money 2002 Standard helps families manage their personal finances, including balancing a checkbook, budgeting, reducing debt, planning for the future, and managing investments and taxes.

  • New!
    Microsoft Picture It! Photo 2002 helps families make good photos great by fixing common photo problems such as red eye, scratches and discoloration. With 20,000 framing combinations and 1,600 photos and photo-project templates, families can easily create photo projects such as photo calendars, cards and albums. And now, with enhanced Web integration, Picture It! Photo 2002 makes it even easier to share photos online and order photo reprints and photo gifts such as T-shirts, mugs and mouse pads on MSN® Photos ( http://photos.msn.com/ ). 5

  • New!
    Microsoft Streets & Trips 2002 is an all-in-one mapping solution that delivers a comprehensive array of maps, points of interest, routes and driving directions as well as Pocket PC compatibility in one value-priced software package. Updated maps provide more than 6.3 million miles of streets and highways in the United States and Canada.

  • Microsoft Works 6.0 provides the essential tools for home computing, including a spreadsheet, database, calendar, address book and more than 250 templates to help families organize their busy lives. The Works Portfolio puts items at families fingertips so that gathering information and photos for reports, newsletters or comparison shopping is easier than ever. The Works spreadsheet file format is also compatible with Excel and requires no conversion, so spreadsheets can be easily exchanged between home and work.

Pricing and Availability of Works Suite 2002

The estimated retail price for Works Suite 2002 is $109 2 (U.S.). Works Suite 2002 is available in stores in October 2001. Works Suite 2002 also features a coupon for three months of free Internet service from MSN. 6 Customers can visit http://www.microsoft.com/works/ for more information on the Works line of products.

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) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.

1 Works Suite is the No. 1 Best-Selling Integrated Home Productivity Software (source: NPD Intelect Market Tracking, October 1998April 2001, based on total U.S. retail sales).

2 Reseller prices may vary.

3 Microsoft Word is the default word processor in Microsoft Works Suite 2002. 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 2002.

4 To be eligible for Microsoft Works Suite 2002, 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, Windows NT Workstation and Windows XP operating systems)

  • 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

5 Internet connection required.

6 MSN Internet Access Three Month Trial Offer: No purchase required. MSN Internet Access is for users of Windows 95 or higher operating systems only. Users must also subscribe to MSN Internet Access in accordance with its Subscription Agreement to access the service.

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