Microsoft changes features on Offices 10

Microsoft has dropped two features from its next generation Office suite for Windows, a move which could affect its .Net...

Microsoft has dropped two features from its next generation Office suite for Windows, a move which could affect its .Net strategy.

After evaluating feedback from users of Beta 2 of Office 10, which is due to ship before the middle of 2001, Microsoft made the decision not to include the Office Designer tool and Local Web Storage System in the final project. The company said these features were unreliable and not of high enough quality to make the shipping version.

Both features were expected to be key to Microsoft's .Net strategy, which is aimed at getting developers and customers to write to a new framework, rather than Windows, in order to create Web applications. While Office 10 is not Microsoft's first .Net Office release, the company has emphasised that the software suite is a stepping stone to that release, expected in around 2003.

When Microsoft demonstrated the Office Designer tool in October it said the tool enabled developers to create Web based collaborate applications that teams can use to work together more effectively. These applications were supposed to be able to run online or offline, using the Local Web Storage System, which is based on a unified repository called the Web Storage System. The system was also designed to allow Outlook users to work when offline.

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