Microsoft Office With Bookshelf 1996-97 Edition for the Macintosh Now Available for Students, Educators Nationwide

REDMOND, Wash., May 28, 1996 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of the Microsoft Office with Bookshelf 1996-97 Edition for the Macintosh on CD-ROM. Available for students and educators only, this edition provides the most powerful productivity tools available for the Macintosh and includes Microsoft Excel version 5.0, Microsoft Word 6.0.1, the Microsoft PowerPoint presentation graphics program 4.0, and a workstation license for Microsoft Mail (version 3.1 or earlier) or Starnine Mail, plus the new Microsoft Bookshelf 1996-97 Edition multimedia reference library. The Bookshelf CD-ROM library provides users instant access to a vast world of information with nine essential reference works, including the new Microsoft Bookshelf Internet Directory 96 and Concise Encarta 96 World Atlas.

“Students are looking for software that helps them succeed in school and beyond,”
said Jeff Weber, merchandising manager at Educational Resources.
“Microsoft Office with Bookshelf gives students new ways to explore their ideas and provides the essential tools they need to get their work done more easily and quickly. From analysis and word processing to exploring rich content, this product is right on target when it comes to meeting the needs of today’s students.”

Application Compatibility Eases Learning Curve

Microsoft Office 4.2.1 allows users to discover and learn the programs’ capabilities, share information easily between applications, and build better solutions. Because of the applications’ similar functionality and interface, users spend less time learning the applications and more time using them as tools to help with their academic responsibilities. Programs in Microsoft Office work together, letting users combine text, data and graphics simply by using drag-and-drop functionality. What’s more, IntelliSense
technology helps the programs sense what the user wants to do and intelligently produce the desired result quickly and easily.

Multimedia Reference Works Give Access to Rich Content

The new Bookshelf CD-ROM reference library gives users powerful tools to help locate facts, research topics for reports, and explore rich content quickly and easily. Updated monthly using the Bookshelf World Wide Web site, the Microsoft Bookshelf Internet Directory 96 is a guide to finding information on the Internet and contains more than 4,000 Web, Gopher and FTP sites as well as Usenet newsgroups. Bookshelf is also the quickest way to get best-selling reference information with one-step searching across all nine reference books.

“We are committed to providing students and educators with tools that enable them to reach their full potential,”
said Dave Meltzer, group product manager of Macintosh applications at Microsoft.
“The Microsoft Office and Bookshelf 1996-97 Edition for the Macintosh is an easy-to-learn, comprehensive package of applications that will help students and educators with their daily tasks and give them new ways to explore their ideas.”

Pricing, Availability and Support

Microsoft Office with Bookshelf 1996-97 Edition is specially priced at approximately $199 for educators and higher-education students. This edition is available in stores. To locate an authorized education reseller, students and educators can call Microsoft Sales at
(800) 426-9400. Users of Microsoft Office with Bookshelf 1996-97 Edition for the Macintosh CD-ROM receive unlimited product support by phone at no charge (toll charges apply).

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

Microsoft, Bookshelf, PowerPoint, Encarta and IntelliSense are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
Macintosh is a registered trademark of Apple Computer Inc.

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