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A New Office With New Windows

Boot Camp feature for Friday, September 23, 2005

A new Office with new Windows. Microsoft talks about 2006. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Microsoft announced a reorganization this week…that it hopes will help it move more quickly than it has in the past. The long delayed next version of Windows….named Vista…won't arrive until at least the middle of next year….and with it…a new version of Office. Office 12. Senior product manager Dan Leach…

"With Windows Vista and Office 12…they're both major releases in their own right, but together, we really believe it represents a giant step forward both in terms of what people will be able to do with software and developers can build and how they can deliver in the next generation in computing."

With each successive version of Office….Microsoft has added new features. So much so….the many if not most users don't know they are there or how to use them. Leach says Office 12 aims to change that…

"We ended up creating a new ribbon across the top of the document …of the application if you will. A lot of people say they know that Office has the capability to do more stuff but they don't have the time to look for it. Well we want to solve that problem by using this new, very graphical user interface."

Leach says the next version of Office won't require the next version of Windows, but he adds ….Microsoft's bread and butter programs will work better together. Again…. They aren't due to arrive until the second half of next year. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.