Microsoft unveiled Word 98 Special Edition and Outlook Express 5.0 for Apple’s consumer desktop, iMac and its new notebook, the iBook, at Macworld in New York today.
In addition, the software giant said it is working on a new version of its Internet explorer Web browser aimed at Mac users.
Word 98 special edition is designed specifically for Apple’s new iBook and its iMac range of computers. It includes Word 98, thousands of new clip art images, 100 greeting card templates and sample greeting card paper. It also includes Microsoft Internet explorer 4.5 and Outlook Express 4.5 Macintosh edition.
It will be available on special offer for $99 from 26 Aug until 31 Jan 2000. No European offer has been announced.
Outllook Express 5.0 for the Mac has features such as the management and consolidation of email, including Imap and POP accounts, as well as MSN Hotmail Web based email.
Research conducted by the Microsoft's Macintosh business unit revealed that over half of Macintosh users have not upgraded their email application, but have upgraded their Internet browser. In addition, two thirds are still using the same email application that came pre installed on their computer.
A free download version of Outlook Express 5.0 is planned for release in the autumn.
Ben Waldman, general manager of the Macintosh business unit at Microsoft, commented: "When we talked to owners of the iMac, they told us they wanted a world class word processor at an affordable price. So we created a product to fit these needs that not only includes Word 98 but great content, such as greeting card designs, which will help people accomplish what they are trying to do at home better and faster."
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