Microsoft has launched an online preview of its Office 2007 suite, available for users to try without downloading the beta version.
The software giant said 2.5 million people had already downloaded the Beta 2 version of Office 2007 since it was released last month, making it the most popular Office beta it has issued.
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The preview, offered as a taster in a bid to attract sales, provides sample data so users can test document editing, e-mailing and other functions. The “test drive” version allows users to post to Office SharePoint sites to demonstrate real-time collaboration and is also set up to let users experience server functionality. A series of product-specific tutorials is also included.
The online test version, available now in English, will be made available in French, German, Japanese and Spanish later this week.
Last month analysts urged IT directors to assess how Office 2007 will affect their internal business processes. The new version of the Office suite will have a different user interface, while other changes could also require staff training, they warned.