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A New Preview of Office 11

Techstination feature for Monday, March 10, 2003

A new preview of Office 11. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Microsoft is out with Beta 2 of the next version of Office. The final version is due out this coming summer, but hundreds of thousands of people are being allowed to sign up for the beta testing at Product manager Bobby Moore...

"What we're really looking to do is go from a product suite with separate applications on the side such as Visio, Front Page, Publisher and then having the SharePoint technologies and we're trying to combine that to what we call the Office System. What we're really trying to deliver with Office System is what we call a revolution in business productivity tools."

Which will include two brand new applications, OneNote and InfoPath. InfoPath is a tool for creating forms and sharing data. OneNote is a more user friendly application for on the fly note taking and organizing...

"The idea of a physical notebook is really a very strong metaphor for note taking. And so we wanted to take that and create the digital equivalent. So along the top we have what are called note tabs. And again these note tabs are really an organizational structure for capturing information. And then each particular note tab will have a set of page tabs. "

While OneNote will work on any computer running Windows XP, it is designed to take advantage of the handwriting capabilities in Tablet PCs. Microsoft hasn't decided yet whether OneNote and InfoPath will be bundled with other Office applications or sold separately. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.