Small Firms Making the Move to Microsoft Office 97, Small Business Edition

REDMOND, Wash., June 27, 1997 — Microsoft Corp. today announced an increasing number of customers moving to Microsoft® Office 97, Small Business Edition, with users citing specialized tools that help small businesses meet their unique business needs. By moving to Office 97, Small Business Edition and the Windows® 95 operating system, the law offices of James R. Gotcher, have experienced more than a 90 percent increase in productivity when they migrated from their 16-bit Office 4.2 installation. The law firm, which specializes in business immigration, upgraded to Office 97, Small Business Edition after seeing the marked increase in productivity and lower operating costs resulting from an upgrade 15 months ago to Windows 95 and Office 95. The law firm, located in Sherman Oaks, Calif., attributes the productivity gains to the enhanced collaboration capabilities and increased integration of the Office 97 suite tailored specifically to meet the technology needs of small businesses.

Gotcher cited the improved and expanded feature set of Word 97, including the Legal Pleading Wizard and intelligent bulleting and numbering functionality, as a compelling reason to upgrade. “Word processing is my primary application, and we really need an incredibly powerful product such as Word 97,” he said. “It’s absolutely the best thing out there by such a wide margin – nothing else is even close.”

Office 97, Small Business Edition was introduced in March 1997 and provides significant upgrades to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. The suite also includes Microsoft Publisher 97, the world’s most popular business desktop publishing program for the Windows operating system; the new Microsoft Outlook
™desktop information manager; Microsoft Small Business Financial Manager, a financial analysis tool; Microsoft Automap® Streets Plus, a street-level mapping program; and the Microsoft Internet Explorer Web browser.

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