Microsoft's Mac Valentine

SAN FRANCISCO (07/27/2000) - Mac users enjoy a love-hate relationship with Microsoft Corp. -- in which love is defined as "resigned tolerance" and hate as "lava-hot rancor fueled by the fire of a thousand burning suns." Microsoft keeps trying to win Mac hearts, adding goodies to its flagship products. Case in point: the Office 2001 upgrade. Mac users may never embrace Microsoft, but at least they'll have a lot of new Office tools for writing angry letters to Redmond.

-- Entourage 2001, a new personal information manager application for Office, combines e-mail, calendaring, contact management, and a task manager.

-- Project Gallery offers customizable document templates for Microsoft Office applications to help users get started faster. Don't need the templates? Office lets you turn off the feature.

-- Formatting Palette centralizes Office formatting tools on a single window to simplify common tasks.

-- Image Effects adds built-in tools for importing and editing graphics and pictures in Office documents.

-- PowerPoint Movies lets you save files as QuickTime movies, and the retooled PowerPoint allows you to incorporate QuickTime transitions into presentations.

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