MS to Bring Business Apps to Pocket PC

WASHINGTON (03/07/2000) - Microsoft Corp. today unveiled new business productivity software for the soon-to-be-released Pocket PC, including pocket versions of Outlook Inbox, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

Microsoft, which demonstrated a prototype of the Pocket PC at the CeBIT trade show in Hanover, Germany two weeks ago, [See "Microsoft Details Pocket PC Plans," Feb. 24 and "Microsoft Has High Hopes for Pocket PC," Feb. 25] made today's announcement at the Mobile Insights 2000 conference in Palm Desert, California.

Pocket Inbox for Pocket PCs, which are expected to be available from manufacturers in the first half of this year, was designed to enable easy access to leading e-mail systems, including Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Domino, said Heather Alexander of Waggener Edstrom Inc., Microsoft's public relations agency.

Users will be able to send and receive messages, manage their e-mail, view and modify attachments and launch Web page URLs embedded in an e-mail from the Pocket PC, which Microsoft will position as competition to Palm Inc.'s Palm hand-held PCs.

Pocket PCs will ship with pocket versions of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, as well as support for CompactFlash cards, Alexander said. Pocket Word and Pocket Excel will let users send, receive and edit Word and Excel documents on their Pocket PC and save them to the Pocket PC, the native Word or Excel formats or to a CompactFlash card.

Microsoft, in Redmond, Washington, can be reached at +1-425-882-8080 or at

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