REDMOND, Wash. — March 7, 2006 — Scrub the deck. Sweep the drive. Scour that document, and clean out that inbox! Whether it is time to recycle old files or finally update that contact list, Microsoft® Office 2004 for Mac is there to help. In the spirit of spring cleaning, the Macintosh Business Unit (Mac BU) today announced an enter-to-win sweepstakes in which qualified entrants can register online for one of four $10,000 (U.S.) home or work office makeovers. The perfect spring-cleaning tool, Office 2004 for Mac has many unique features that make it easier for Mac customers to get organized, work smarter and better manage the business of life.
“While it’s never a bad time to streamline your life, or aspects of it, people are always extra motivated in the spring,” said Regina Leeds, an author and organizational expert who has brought order to businesses and homes across the United States since 1988. “The office, in particular, can suffer throughout the year, as most people don’t want to spend more time there than needed. Sometimes the answer isn’t about paper clips and file cabinets, but getting all your digital information under control. With a product like Office 2004 for Mac, making sure you’re organized to work efficiently and leave more time for play is a cinch.”
Office 2004 for Mac is packed with many Mac-only, Mac-first features to help people gain control of their work life. Praised for its intuitive ease of use, the Entourage® Project Center lets users juggle multiple projects with a simple and concise view of all e-mails, files, contacts, meetings and tasks. As a leading productivity suite on the Mac platform, Office 2004 for Mac also includes the Word, Excel® and PowerPoint® applications with the tools and resources Mac users need to keep work running smoothly. Users can stay connected with co-workers, clients and friends on PCs with one product that addresses all their needs.
“Office 2004 was built for Mac users based on the things they told us were important, and working more effectively is one of the most frequent topics we hear about,” said Amanda Lefebvre, marketing manager for the Mac BU at Microsoft. “The sweepstakes is an opportunity for small-business and home-office workers to realize the benefits of Office 2004 and possibly win great prizes. It’s also a chance to receive timely tips to better manage work and life.”
The Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Spring Cleaning Sweepstakes runs through June 30, 2006, with cash and prizes totaling $100,000. More than 200 prizes valued at $60,000 will be given away in addition to the four $10,000 grand-prize makeovers. No purchase is necessary to win, and Mac users who aren’t familiar with Office 2004 for Mac can check it out for free by downloading the 30-day test drive from http://www.microsoft.com/mac. Those wanting more information about official rules, entrance qualifications or to submit an application form online should visit http://www.officeformacsweeps.com.
About Microsoft Macintosh Business Unit
The Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft is a leading developer of software and online products for the Macintosh platform. The group comprises more than 180 full-time Mac product experts and is dedicated to creating innovative software for Mac customers worldwide. For more than 20 years, Microsoft has developed award-winning software for the Mac. Current products include Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac, a productivity suite that includes the e-mail application and personal information manager Entourage 2004, Word 2004, Excel 2004, PowerPoint 2004 and Messenger for Mac 5.0, and Virtual PC for Mac Version 7.0. More information about the Mac BU and Microsoft Macintosh products is available at http://www.microsoft.com/mac.
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