Microsoft Develops Office 98 Add-In for Integration With FileMaker Pro

REDMOND, Wash., April 22, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. is announcing today the availability of a new add-in that extends the functionality of its award-winning productivity suite, Office 98 Macintosh® Edition, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide. This
add-in will make it easy for customers to use familiar tools in Office 98 with data stored in FileMaker® Pro for Macintosh. For the first time, it is easy to integrate the power of FileMaker Pro with the analysis and communication features of Office 98. The free* Office 98/FileMaker Pro Importer is available for immediate download from Microsoft’s Macintosh Web site, MacTopia, at .

“We are thrilled with customers’ response to Office 98 around the world and pleased that Office 98 was chosen more than any other application to complement the iMac,”
said Ben Waldman, general manager, Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft.
“Office 98 customers represent all types of users, from enterprise, to small business, to the home – from G3 owners to iMac owners.”
He added,
“Customers asked for integration between Office 98 and FileMaker Pro. We listened to their feedback and delivered technology that provides easy integration to meet their needs.”

The Office 98/FileMaker Pro Importer gives customers an easy way to take advantage of information stored in databases by adding a new command directly within Word 98 and Microsoft® Excel 98. The new Importer is an easy-to-use add-in that walks users through the simple steps to import small databases into Office 98. Macintosh users will save time using Word 98’s Mail Merge feature to seamlessly use FileMaker Pro data to automate mass mailings like personal and customer correspondence. Applying powerful Excel 98 features, such as PivotTable® and PivotChart
dynamic views, with FileMaker Pro data helps users improve the analysis of their data and enhance decision-making. The integration between Office 98 and FileMaker Pro is an example of Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to adding value to Macintosh customers’ experience with Office.

“Together, FileMaker and Microsoft are taking significant steps in a real partnership to simplify data sharing and delight our mutual customers,”
said Dominique Philippe Goupil, president, FileMaker Inc.
“Our customers will find that the new add-in will make it incredibly easy to combine powerful data from FileMaker Pro with Microsoft Office 98, a key desktop standard.”

“Microsoft Office and FileMaker Pro are two mainstays for Macintosh users all over the world and represent some of the best in Macintosh software development,”
said Clent Richardson, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations.
“Apple is excited to see strong developer support and collaboration between Microsoft and FileMaker; it’s good for the Macintosh and great for customers.”

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) 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.

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