REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 7, 1997 — Microsoft Corp. today announced a new release of Microsoft® Office for the Macintosh, version 4.2.1, now enhanced to meet the specialized needs of small businesses. This new Office release combines the best-selling business productivity applications Microsoft Word 6.0.1, Microsoft Excel 5.0 and the Microsoft PowerPoint® presentation graphics program 4.0, with powerful tools to help businesses take full advantage of the power of the Internet, improve their productivity, save time and money, and project a professional image. The collection of business tools available with Microsoft Office for the Macintosh includes 43 new Office small-business templates, the Microsoft Business Guide, Microsoft Bookshelf® 1996-97 CD-ROM reference library, Microsoft Internet Explorer and the Internet Assistants for Microsoft Excel and Word.
The enhanced release of Microsoft Office for Macintosh is currently available as a standalone product; in addition, it will be packaged with future Macintosh products geared to the needs of small-business customers. This OEM agreement marks the first time that a Microsoft Office product will be shipped with an Apple computer in the United States.
“This new release of Microsoft Office with small-business tools demonstrates our ongoing commitment to this platform and our Macintosh customers,”
said Richard Fade, vice president for desktop applications at Microsoft.
“Microsoft Office and the small-business tools provide ready-to-use solutions that help businesses develop high-quality marketing materials, plan for the future, explore and create content for the Internet, and much more.”
“We are excited to offer Microsoft Office with small-business tools to our customers,”
said Greg LaPorte, manager of small-business marketing at Apple Computer Inc.
“We will soon be announcing products designed to fit the needs of small businesses that will combine the power and flexibility of Microsoft Office and the Macintosh platform to give small businesses the tools they need to be successful.”
Contents of the Suite
Microsoft Office for Macintosh, now with essential tools for small businesses, includes the Microsoft Word 6.0.1 word processor, Microsoft Excel 5.0 spreadsheet, Microsoft PowerPoint 4.0 presentation graphics program, and a client license for Microsoft Mail or Quarterdeck Mail for AppleTalk networks. In addition, this enhanced release of Microsoft Office also includes the following small-business tools:
Microsoft Office business tools and templates. Forty-three templates for Microsoft Office designed to help businesses in the areas of planning, finance, management, marketing, operations and sales. The tools and templates include the Business Plan Workbook and Document, Business Brochure and Newsletter templates, and Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable templates.
Microsoft Business Guide. A small-business informational resource with more than 400 checklists, tips, suggestions and more to help businesses acquire bank loans, reduce operational expenses, develop high-quality marketing materials, etc.
Microsoft Bookshelf 1996-97. The best-selling CD-ROM reference library contains an Address Builder, Internet directory, dictionary, thesaurus and encyclopedia as well as four additional reference titles. Bookshelf is the perfect program for small businesses to use when they need to find the proper ZIP Code, the right word for a customer brochure, facts and background information for a marketing plan, and so on.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 2.1. The perfect browser for exploring the Internet. Fast, compact and designed for the Macintosh, Microsoft Internet Explorer helps businesses accomplish their Internet-related tasks more quickly. In addition, this enhanced release of Microsoft Office includes the Internet Connection Wizard, which contains the tools and drivers businesses need to connect to the Internet.
Internet Assistants for Microsoft Excel and Word. Powerful tools that enable business users to convert existing Microsoft Excel and Word documents into HTML, as well as create high-quality Web pages from scratch with features such as scrolling marquees, background images and sounds, forms, and more.
Simplifying Business Tasks
The new tools and templates included with Office for the Macintosh simplify the often time-consuming and complicated tasks associated with business planning, finance, management, marketing, operations and sales:
Planning. Business Plan Workbook and Document, Business Plan Presentation, and Cash Flow Projections template, among others
Finance. Accounts Payable and Receivable templates, Balance Sheet template and Microsoft Excel Financial Calculator, among others
Management. Business letterhead and memo templates, Business Reports, and a Statistics Calculator
Marketing. Business Brochure template, Business Newsletter template, Direct Marketing Analysis tool and Business Press Release template, among others
Operations. Account Statement template, Business Invoice template, Employee Timesheets and Purchase Requisition forms, among others
Sales. Product Fact Sheet template, Product Sales Goals workbook, Services Estimate template and Product Sales Projections workbook, among others
Research on Small-Business Computing Needs
Microsoft drew from its own primary research with hundreds of small-business owners, as well as research performed by AT & T Corp. and others to determine the most common computing needs of small businesses. These include the following:
Word processing and spreadsheet programs are essential. Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel were specifically requested by many small-business owners.
Internet tools and accessibility are critical. Approximately 40 percent of small businesses are connected to the Internet, and more than half of those have or want to develop home pages. Microsoft Internet Explorer and the Internet Assistants provide small businesses with the tools they need to explore and create content for the Internet.
In addition, better planning tools are important, especially for younger small businesses and business start-ups. According to a study conducted by AT & T Corp., the most common reason for small-business failure is insufficient funding due to poor business planning. The small-business templates included with Microsoft Office address this problem by simplifying and automating the process of business planning.
Microsoft Office, Standard Edition for Macintosh with essential tools for small business includes features and tools that address these important small-business computing needs. First, full-featured versions of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel are included to provide the powerful word processing and spreadsheet programs that small-business owners requested. In addition, many Word and Microsoft Excel templates are included to help small businesses use these programs to their greatest capability.
Second, Microsoft Office with essential tools for small businesses includes Microsoft Internet Explorer, the Internet Connection Wizard, and the Internet Assistants for Microsoft Excel and Word, which provide the Internet tools and accessibility small businesses need.
Finally, the collection of Microsoft Office small-business templates contains a number of planning tools to help small businesses plan for the future and prepare documents necessary to acquire financing.
Pricing, Availability and System Requirements
The new, enhanced release of Microsoft Office for the Macintosh is scheduled to be available in stores Dec. 26, 1996, for approximately $499.
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