MS Office for Mac Released

Microsoft Corp. officials on Wednesday will release Office 2001 Macintosh Edition at a computer store in San Francisco.

The desktop application suite, designed to have a more Mac-like look and feel and work better with other Mac software applications, is being released on schedule according to a deadline Microsoft set in July at the Macworld trade show in New York City. [See "MACWORLD - Microsoft to Ship Office 2001 for Mac in October," July 19.]Microsoft plans to formally release the software, which has an estimated retail price of US$499 for the full version and $299 for the upgrade version, at a CompUSA Inc. store, the company said in a release.

The Office 2001 Macintosh Edition suite contains word processor MS Word, spreadsheet Excel, presentation software PowerPoint and a new mail client and PIM (personal information manager) called Entourage 2001 for accessing personal information. Entourage 2001 supports Palm Inc. handhelds, but it can't synchronize data with the rival Microsoft Pocket PC. [See "Microsoft Unveils a New Office for Macintosh," June 15.]Among the suite's other new features is a new Project Manager, which is a centralized location that will offer users access to most Office functions. In addition, Office 2001 Macintosh Edition has 400 customizable templates and wizards, more than double the 150 that are part of the Office 98 Macintosh edition.

The new software will run on any PowerPC or Mac OS-compatible system. Apple Computer Inc. recommends that the software be used with machines with a minimum processor speed of 120MHz and version 8.5 or later of the Mac OS.

Microsoft, in Redmond, Washington, can be reached at +1-425-882-8080 or at http://www.microsoft.com/.

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