Microsoft Announces Immediate Availability of the Word 6.0/95 Binary Converter for Word 97

REDMOND, Wash., June 16, 1997 — > Microsoft Corp. today announced the immediate availability of the Word 6.0/95 Binary Converter for Word 97. With 65 million users of Office applications, completing the converter was a top priority for Microsoft. The Word 6.0/95 Binary Converter enhances backward file compatibility and coexistence of documents created with Office 97 for users of previous versions of Word. The Binary Converter is available for download from the Microsoft® Web site http://www.microsoft.com/office/migration/.

“We are committed to listening and responding to our customers,”
said Dennis Tevlin, director of desktop applications at Microsoft.
“With over 10 million licenses sold, helping customers make the move to Office 97 is our No. 1 priority. The Word 6.0/95 Binary Converter adds to the range of solutions for corporations currently deploying Office 97.”

The Binary Converter meets the needs of corporate users in a mixed-version environment with a need to regularly share documents with users of previous versions by allowing users of Word 97 to save documents with a true .DOC file extension by default. Other tools available to assist users with coexistence issues include Word 97 installable converters and the dual file formats in the Microsoft PowerPoint® presentation graphics program and Microsoft Excel.

Microsoft will also provide the full Office 97 Service Release that is currently on schedule for availability in July. The Service Release will incorporate the Word 6.0/95 Binary

Converter, enhanced support for POP3 and SMTP Internet e-mail in the Outlook
™
desktop information manager, and other minor enhancements.

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