Microsoft Word 97 and Excel 97 for Digital Alpha Platform Available Immediately

REDMOND, Wash., July 28, 1997 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the immediate availability of versions of Microsoft® Word 97 and Microsoft Excel 97 designed specifically to run on Digital Equipment Corp.’s Alpha workstation and server. This tailored product combines both Word 97 and Excel 97 in one package, available now from software resellers. Alpha workstation users will be able to take advantage of the built-in intelligence and Web functionality in the latest versions of Word and Excel from Microsoft.

“We are pleased to be able to extend Microsoft desktop applications to the Windows NT® and Alpha platform,” said Dennis Tevlin, director of the desktop applications division at Microsoft. “The built-in intelligence of Word 97 and Excel 97 will help Alpha workstation users make the most of the Web and get their work done faster. It’s important that we make this powerful set of tools available to a broad range of customers.”

“The availability of Word 97 and Excel 97 for Alpha customers is an important step toward driving Alpha into the mainstream PC market,” said Tim Miller, strategic marketing manager for Alpha microprocessors at Digital Semiconductor. “Native versions will ensure that Alpha PC and workstation users get the industry’s best performance of Microsoft’s most popular business productivity applications.”

Microsoft Word 97 gives users everything they need to create professional-looking documents, communicate their ideas, and share information on the printed page, across intranets or on the Internet. Microsoft Excel 97 includes new analysis tools that make it easy to turn numbers into answers, including new Web technologies such as Web Queries and URLs in Formulas that bring information from the Web directly into Microsoft Excel for rich analysis and presentation.

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