Thursday, February 16, 2006

Office 2007 To Feature New Workflow, Collaboration Tools

The software, due to ship later this year, will come in seven suites. The "workhorse" version for enterprises will include the ability to perform complex routing of files around teams of workers, Microsoft said.

Microsoft plans to deliver Office 2007 later this year in a lineup of seven suites meant to deliver its most sophisticated business customers new features at higher prices, while still keeping users of its core word processing and spreadsheet apps in the fold.

Officially called 2007 Microsoft Office, the new productivity suite will add tools for routing documents around companies, publishing files to workgroups, and instant-messaging at the office. to the most popular edition of the software, which appears on the desktops of most business computer users, Microsoft said on Wednesday. Microsoft is also adding a new, top-end edition of the product that includes its Groove and OneNote collaboration apps, and introducing a new Web site design tool called SharePoint Designer, to replace its aging FrontPage software. Microsoft has also revamped the user interface of Office components such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in version 2007 to make commonly used features easier to find.


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