Microsoft Previews Next Version of Office At Company’s Annual Financial Analyst Meeting

REDMOND, Wash., July 27, 2000 — Microsoft Corp. previewed the next version of Microsoft Ò Office today at the company’s annual Financial Analyst Meeting in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft demonstrated technologies that make it easier for users to learn new features and use existing features more effectively, simplify the process of working with others, and provide new tools that enable users to store, access and analyze relevant business information. Microsoft also demonstrated how the next version of Office will enable users to truly interact with the Web using Web-based services. The new version will extend innovations and benefits to Office users of all types, from business and home users to IT managers.

“The next version of the world’s leading desktop productivity suite will be an exciting opportunity for our customers and partners as we move toward our Office.NET vision,”
said Steven Sinofsky, senior vice president of Microsoft’s Business Productivity Group.
“The innovations we previewed today will make it easy for our customers to include Web services in their everyday use of Office applications and work seamlessly with others.”

Microsoft previewed technologies that will make Office more intuitive and easier to use, improve communications and productivity for knowledge workers, and provide advanced tools that will enable better decision-making. Examples include new formatting options and work views, the capability to easily access data stored on the Web and have that data updated with the click of a button, and an online library of sample documents that integrate directly into the Office suite.

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