Microsoft Office 2000, an Essential Tool For All Knowledge Workers, Is Available This Week

SAN FRANCISCO, June 7, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. President Steve Ballmer today officially launched Microsoft® Office 2000, a key element of the company’s vision of
“Knowledge Workers Without Limits.”
In his keynote address, Ballmer expanded this vision to include a new set of Web-collaboration services based on Office 2000 that will be delivered through leading ISPs, including Concentric Network Corp. and Verio Inc. Ballmer also announced that Microsoft Office 2000, available in the retail channel later this week on June 10, is widely anticipated by corporate customers, which have already purchased 15 million licenses.

“Office 2000 unleashes the power of the Web work style, the most efficient way to work with business information and collaborate with others,”
said Ballmer.
“The new Office Web-collaboration services announced today will allow users in both large and small businesses to benefit from the Web work style, regardless of their Web server infrastructure.”

The new Web-collaboration services delivered by ISPs and based on Office 2000 and its new Server Extensions technology will change the Web into a true productive medium by allowing knowledge workers to collaborate on documents with colleagues, customers and partners, regardless of whether they have their own Web server. Support of Office 2000 by ISPs such as Verio Inc., Concentric Network Corp., InterLand Inc. and AIS Inc. builds on the success of the Microsoft FrontPage® Web site creation and management tool, which is now supported by more than 1,000 ISPs worldwide running the FrontPage Server Extensions. Support for the FrontPage Server Extensions allows knowledge workers to publish documents directly to Web sites hosted by these ISPs, and the new Office Server Extensions add the ability to conduct in-line discussions within documents and subscribe to document change notifications.

“As a leader in hosting Microsoft FrontPage-based Web sites, we are excited to offer our customers the new collaborative features enabled by Office 2000,”
said Doug Schneider, president of Verio Web Services.
“Office Server Extensions create outstanding new opportunities for our small- and medium-sized business customers that want to take advantage of Office 2000 collaboration features without having their own Web servers.”

Knowledge Workers Without Limits

A core initiative of Microsoft’s vision for knowledge workers is the concept of a
“digital dashboard,” an integrated view of business and personal information delivered to knowledge workers in a more focused and useful way. Microsoft Office 2000 provides critical components for creating digital dashboards, including the ability to customize Outlook® Today to present personal, corporate and Web-based information in one place. Office 2000 also allows knowledge workers to create, manage and contribute to a workgroup Web as a central location for team-based collaboration. In addition, Office 2000 allows knowledge workers to access information any time, anywhere through integration with PC companion devices. To facilitate this, Outlook 2000 will be made available for manufacturers of Windows CE-based devices to include with their future device shipments.

About Office 2000

The new Microsoft Office 2000 product line, available at resellers nationwide on June 10, includes five suite options, which offer a set of tools tailored for each type of Office customer.

Office 2000 Premium, the most comprehensive of the suites, includes the FrontPage 2000 Web site creation and management tool, the PhotoDraw TM 2000 business graphics software, Microsoft Word 2000, Microsoft Excel 2000, the Outlook 2000 messaging and collaboration client, the PowerPoint® 2000 presentation graphics program, Microsoft Access 2000, Publisher 2000, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 browser software and Microsoft Small Business Tools.

Microsoft Office 2000 has been recognized with best-of-breed awards, including PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice award, PC Week’s Best of COMDEX award and PC Computing’s
“A”
List.

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“MSFT”
) 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.

Microsoft Office 2000

Fact Sheet

May 1999

Office 2000 Premium

Microsoft Office 2000 Premium offers users in organizations, software enthusiasts and IT professionals a comprehensive set of tools to make the Web work for them and to streamline the process of working with people and information. Office 2000 Premium provides users with the tools they need to create and manage great Web sites enhanced by printed documents and rich graphics.

Office 2000 Premium includes Word 2000, Microsoft Excel 2000, the PowerPoint 2000 presentation graphics program, Microsoft Access 2000, the Outlook 2000 messaging and collaboration client, the Publisher 2000 desktop publishing program, Small Business Tools, the FrontPage 2000 Web site creation and management tool and PhotoDraw 2000 business graphics software.

The estimated retail price for Office 2000 Premium is $399* for Microsoft Office upgrades and other qualifying Microsoft desktop applications and $449 for suites or desktop applications other than Microsoft’s. The estimated retail price for new users is $799.

System requirements for the Premium stock-keeping unit (SKU) include a PC with a Pentium 75MHz or higher processor (Pentium 166MHz or higher for Microsoft PhotoDraw), the Microsoft Windows® 95 or later operating system or the Microsoft Windows NT® Workstation 4.0 operating system Service Pack 3, and 252 MB of available hard disk space for Disc 1 (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access and FrontPage), 174 MB for Disc 2 (Publisher and Small Business Tools), and 100 MB for Disc 3 (PhotoDraw).

Office 2000 Professional

Office 2000 Professional provides software enthusiasts and users in organizations and small businesses with a complete set of tools that enables them to publish and share documents on the Web and be more productive in their work.

Office 2000 Professional includes Word 2000, Excel 2000, PowerPoint 2000, Access 2000, Outlook 2000, Publisher 2000 and Small Business Tools.

The estimated retail price for Office 2000 Professional is $309** for Microsoft Office upgrades and other qualifying Microsoft desktop applications and $349 for suites or desktop applications other than Microsoft’s. The estimated retail price for new users is $599.

System requirements for the Premium SKU include a PC with a Pentium 75MHz or higher processor, Microsoft Windows 95 or later or Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Service Pack 3, and 217 MB of available hard disk space for Disc 1 (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access), and 174 MB for Disc 2 (Publisher and Small Business Tools).

Office 2000 Small Business

Office 2000 Small Business provides small businesses with the core set of tools they need to manage and run their business more effectively by streamlining the processes of working with people and information.

Office 2000 Small Business includes Word 2000, Excel 2000, Outlook 2000, Publisher 2000 and Small Business Tools.

The estimated retail price for Office 2000 Small Business is $209** for Microsoft Office upgrades and other qualifying Microsoft desktop applications and $249 for suites or desktop applications other than Microsoft’s. The estimated retail price for new users is $499.

System requirements for Office 2000 Small Business include a PC with a Pentium 75MHz or higher processor, Microsoft Windows 95 or later or Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Service Pack 3, and 178 MB of available hard disk space for Disc 1 (Word, Excel and Outlook), and 182 MB for Disc 2 (Publisher and Small Business Tools).

Office 2000 Standard

Office 2000 Standard provides users in organizations with the basic tools they need for creating and publishing information on their corporate intranet. This version of Office allows IT professionals to maintain a software standardization strategy for their organization.

System requirements for the Standard SKU include a PC with a Pentium 75MHz or higher processor, Microsoft Windows 95 or later or Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Service Pack 3, and 189 MB of available hard disk space.

Office 2000 Standard has an estimated retail price of $209** for version upgrades, $249 for upgrades from suites or desktop applications other than Microsoft’s, and $499 for new users.

Office 2000 Standard includes Word 2000, Excel 2000, PowerPoint 2000 and Outlook 2000.

Office 2000 Developer

Office 2000 Developer provides developers with a comprehensive desktop solution suite that includes Microsoft Office Premium and all the tools, documentation, sample code and distribution rights that developers need to build, deploy and manage solutions with Microsoft Office 2000.

System requirements for Office 2000 Developer include the Office 2000 Premium installation plus 130 MB of available hard disk space for Office Developer Tools. (An additional 100 MB of available hard disk space is recommended for use with the swap file in Windows.)

Office 2000 Developer has an estimated retail price of $609** for version upgrades, $649 for upgrades from suites or desktop applications other than Microsoft’s, and $999 for new users.

Office 2000 Developer includes Office Premium (see above) as well as the Visual SourceSafe TM version control system, COM Add-in Designer, Visual Basic® for Applications. Productivity Add-ins, Data Environment Designer, Office Programmers Guide and Royalty Free Access 2000 Run Time.

* Includes $50 in-box rebate for previous licensed users of Office applications.

** Includes $40 in-box rebate for previous licensed users of Office applications.

Prices and rebate offerings are for the United States only. Prices and offerings vary country by country in the rest of the world.

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