Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced the completion of the core products in its new MicrosoftOffice System and has released all products to manufacturing.
According to Microsoft, its new Office System is composed of productivity programs, servers and services and includes the 2003 versions of Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Visio, FrontPage and Publisher.
The abilities in the core products can be extended in MicrosoftOffice System solutions by taking advantage of the productivity-enhancing capabilities of Microsoft's latest versions of SharePoint Portal Server, Exchange Server, Live Meeting and three new programs:InfoPath, Live Communications Server and OneNote, said Microsoft, the world's largest computer software developer.
Building upon familiar tools and interfaces, the programs in the Microsoft Office System provide new features that enable individuals to work more effectively, make better decisions and capture their ideas, Microsoft claimed.
The company also claimed that a redesign of Outlook allows people to better organize their mails and helps fight spam with the addition of junk mail filters. The new Reading Mode in Word and Research Task Panes in all programs help people easily access and use information they need, and Office Online has been greatly enhanced to provide users with contextual help and much more.
"The Microsoft Office System is the result of one of the largest and most successful development efforts and beta tests in Microsoft history," Microsoft said in a statement.
"The release of the Microsoft Office System represents an important evolution from stand-alone desktop applications to an integrated, comprehensive tool set that more easily connects people, information and business processes to enhance individual, team and organizational productivity."
Microsoft said that more than 600,000 beta testers of its Office System, approximately three times the participants in previous beta tests, provided it with detailed feedback over the past year.