Microsoft Office v. X for Mac Triple Header Brings Increased Mobility, Affordability and Compatibility

NEW YORK, July 17, 2002 — The Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft Corp. today announced a Microsoft® Office v. X for Mac triple header, empowering Mac OS X users to get even more out of the leading productivity software for less. Unveiled this morning during Macworld Conference & Expo in New York were a new Palm Handheld Synchronization add-in for Entourage (TM) X; the Get It Together promotion, offering up to $100 off the purchase of Office v. X when it’s purchased with any new Macintosh computer; and a Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) client, allowing remote connection and access to Microsoft Windows® based computers from virtually any network connection using a Macintosh computer.

“The Macintosh Business Unit is constantly searching for opportunities to meet and exceed our Mac customers’ needs,”
said Tim McDonough, marketing director of the Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) at Microsoft Corp.
“We are delighted to announce increased freedom and mobility with Palm Handheld Synchronization for Entourage X, an opportunity for customers to save when they buy a new Mac and Office v. X together, as well as a new level of Windows compatibility with the RDC client.”

Palm Handheld Synchronization with Entourage X

Office v. X users who use Entourage X as their e-mail program and personal information manager can now synchronize or transfer their calendar information, tasks, contacts and notes with their Palm in seconds. The new Palm Handheld Synchronization add-in for Palm handheld devices and Entourage X makes it simple to keep track of busy schedules and stay in touch with friends, family and business associates while mobile. Palm Handheld Synchronization for Entourage X is flexible so users can choose what to synchronize to reduce the memory usage on their Palm. It also ensures that users have fewer duplicates of their data. The free* English download is available at French, German, Spanish and Swedish versions will be available July 22. The Japanese version will be available July 29.

Get It Together Office v. X Promotion

From July 15 through September 30, 2002, consumers who buy Office v. X for Mac and any new Macintosh computer will receive a mail-in rebate of up to $100 (U.S.)/$150 (CDN). Those who purchase Office v. X for Mac Upgrade and any new Macintosh will receive a $50 (U.S.)/$75 (CDN) mail-in rebate.

Remote Desktop Connection Client

The new RDC client enables Mac users to access and run their Windows computer and Windows applications right from their Macintosh computer. A viable solution for companies with Macintosh computers that need to collaborate with Windows users using non-Mac applications, RDC allows access to Windows-based data, applications and network resources by connecting remotely from virtually anywhere. RDC is a particularly helpful interim solution for those small-business Mac users who need to access Microsoft Exchange on a corporate network and share calendar information with colleagues. The free* download of the English version of RDC is available at French, German and Japanese versions will be available July 31.

About Microsoft Macintosh Business Unit

The Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) at Microsoft Corp. is a leading developer of software and online products for the Macintosh platform. With the largest Mac-focused development team outside of Apple Computer Inc., the MacBU consists of 145 full-time Mac product experts. Committed to the Macintosh platform since 1997, the MacBU delivers award-winning products developed specifically to meet the unique needs of Mac users. Current products include Microsoft® Office v. X for Mac, a productivity suite that includes the e-mail application and personal information manager Entourage (TM) X, Word X, Excel X and PowerPoint® X; Internet Explorer 5.2 for Mac; and MSN®
Messenger 3.0 for Mac. More information about the MacBU and Microsoft Macintosh products is available at

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.

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