Spring release for MS Office XP

Microsoft has released Office XP to manufacturing ready for release in the spring. The company has also announced the full...

Microsoft has released Office XP to manufacturing ready for release in the spring. The company has also announced the full release of Back Office 2000, its Windows 2000-based server software suite for medium-sized businesses, writes Daniel Thomas

Office XP, the latest version of Microsoft's application suite, was quietly dispatched last Monday, following a preview programme which saw the release of the final beta to 500,000 customers. The software suite is designed to help customers use and control a broader set of Office features and access information from multiple sources. It will also facilitate the sharing of information through e-mail-based document collaboration and a pre-built Web site system called Sharepoint Team Service.

Back Office Server 2000 is a suite of software designed to help small and medium-sized businesses build, deploy and maintain their IT backbone. The suite includes standard editions of Windows 2000 Server, Exchange 2000 Server, SQL Server 2000, Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000 and Microsoft Host Integration Server 2000. There is also a multiserver deployment option.

It has been reported that Microsoft will soon release the first public beta version of Internet Explorer 6, the next version of its Internet browser. According to a document posted on ActiveWin.com, purporting to come from within Microsoft, the company plans to make Internet Explorer 6 available as a standalone browser.

The document outlines a number of new features - including changes to the Explorer bars, improved privacy support, and virus protection in Outlook Express. It said the Internet Explorer 6 public preview will not run on Windows 95 and only on NT4 with Service Pack 6a or later, Windows 98 and beta versions of XP. Windows 2000 is not yet fully supported and typical and full installations of IE6 are not possible on this system.

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