Microsoft took the wraps off its final Office 2000 spec today and also discussed plans for its deployment, rolling out a string of UK, US and European partners who will help in its distribution.
The packaged retail version is not due on UK shelves until June 8 but companies such as Unisys, ICL, The Post Office, JD Edwards, Shell, Ford and Howard Smith Towage are already in place to distribute it.
Microsoft also outlined key features of Office 2000, such as its self-repairing function, a feature which will enable the user to fully recover files or documents to their original state in the event of an accidental deletion or system error. This will, according to Patrick De Smedt, vice president of Microsoft?s Enterprise Customer Unit, reduce corporate user downtime from an average of 20 minutes to almost zero.
Another key aspect of Office 2000 is the increased cohesion between the various components, which include Word, Excel, Explorer 5, PowerPoint, Outlook, FrontPage and Publisher.
Office 2000 is geared towards increased sharing and editing of files, regardless of which component you are viewing them in and quick access to email functions. There is also an upgrade for the controversial Office Assistant and the Help functions.
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