Microsoft Personal Collection 2002 Provides Home Office Users With an Affordable Edge

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 28, 2002 — Families using Microsoft® Office XP, Office 2000 or Office 97 on their home computers now can surpass the traditional computing experience with the benefits offered by Microsoft Office Personal Portfolio 2002 and Microsoft Personal Collection 2002. As the cornerstone of Personal Collection, Personal Portfolio offers families more than 600 helpful templates for Word, Excel, the PowerPoint® presentation graphics program and the Outlook®
messaging and collaboration client by giving them creative suggestions, options and ideas to personalize any task. Portfolio and Collection will help consumers complete personal projects, as well as those for school or a club, quickly and affordably.

Programs included in Personal Collection 2002 offer new templates and organizational tools from Microsoft Office Personal Portfolio 2002; more thorough research functionality from Microsoft Encarta® Encyclopedia Standard 2002; a personal-finance tracking system from Microsoft Money Standard 2002; and the ability to creatively edit, use and share photos via Microsoft Picture It!®
Photo 2002.

“Personal Portfolio and Personal Collection save time, help users quickly create professional-looking projects and make Office programs more valuable than ever,” said Arlene Huff, product manager in the Home Productivity Group at Microsoft Corp. “People who appreciate the productivity that Office applications enable in the home will further benefit from the increased organization and efficiency offered by Office Personal Portfolio and Personal Collection.”

Customizing the Office Palette

Microsoft Personal Collection 2002 is composed of four programs:

  • New!
    Microsoft Office Personal Portfolio 2002 helps any Office project look amazing with more than 600 new high-quality templates for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Office Personal Portfolio can help organize home life, career, community and schoolwork.

  • New!
    Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia Standard 2002 is a dependable reference tool and research aid that offers families more than 38,000 comprehensive articles, more than 26,000 editorially screened Web links and multimedia content that brings information to life. Live radio, weather and MSNBC* news reports deliver up-to-date information from around the world. Encarta Updates also keep information current by providing users with updated content when they log on to the Internet.

  • New!
    Microsoft Money 2002 Standard helps families manage their personal finances, including balancing a checkbook, budgeting, reducing debt, planning for the future, and managing investments and taxes.

  • New!
    Microsoft Picture It! Photo 2002 helps families make good photos great by fixing common photo problems such as red eye, scratches and discoloration. With 20,000 framing combinations and 1,600 photos and photo-project templates, families can easily liven up projects for work, school or a club and create fun photo projects such as photo calendars, cards and albums.

New Components for Every Project

Microsoft Personal Collection 2002 provides users with new tools that help them accomplish more:

  • Do more. From creating a book club brochure to planning travel itineraries for a European vacation, Personal Collection helps families do more in less time. For example, Microsoft Money Standard 2002 helps families set up accounts, balance checkbooks, schedule online billing, manage cash flow and analyze potential or current investments.

Personal Portfolio introduces one simple interface that takes away the learning curve and helps families get started with quick access to preformatted templates in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and helpful resources on the Web.*

  • Learn more. Any member of the family can get more out of a home PC with the four applications included in Microsoft Personal Collection. For example, with more than 36,000 up-to-date articles, Encarta Encyclopedia Standard 2002 helps students add dimension to a report.

  • Enjoy more. With Personal Collection, family members can select documents and formats with greater ease and satisfaction, creating work that looks more advanced and professional. For example, Picture It! Photo 2002 includes more than 700 images to complement a PowerPoint presentation and enables users to enhance and fine-tune the photos they use in their projects. Families can access photos from digital cameras and scanners and incorporate them into reports, calendars, lesson plans and newsletters. Families will enjoy the time spent as well as the time saved through using Personal Collection.

Pricing and Availability of Personal Collection 2002

Personal Collection 2002 is currently available in stores for an estimated retail price of $54.95 (U.S.).** The product also includes a $10 (U.S.) mail-in rebate. Office Personal Portfolio 2002 is currently available in stores for an estimated retail price of $19.95 (U.S.).** To be eligible for Microsoft Personal Collection 2002, one must be a licensed user of Microsoft Office XP, Office 2000 or Office 97. For more information on Personal Collection or Office Personal Portfolio, customers can visit .

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