TechXNY: Next version of Office due next May

Microsoft has announced its latest version of Microsoft Office, code named Office 11, due to be released next May, at the TechXNY...

Microsoft has announced its latest version of Microsoft Office, code named Office 11, due to be released next May, at the TechXNY show.

Office product manager Nicole von Kaenel said most of the details of the desktop software will not be available until the end of the summer, but pointed out four areas where Office will be upgraded.

The user interface in Outlook, the e-mail client software that comes with the Office suite, has been changed to split its window vertically, instead of horizontally, as it is now.

Von Kaenel said that users will be able to read e-mails like a sheet of paper in a frame on the right side of the window. They will also be able to set their own classification for how e-mails are sorted and filed.

Office will also have better XML connectors, so users can automatically transfer data from their line of business applications such as enterprise resource planning to Office applications such as Excel. However, von Kaenel would not elaborate on how exactly Office 11 has been changed to allow for that.

She added that there would be tighter integration between Office 11 and SharePoint, and that it would be easier for participants in online meetings using SharePoint to track and modify documents before and after the meeting.

The final upgrade will allow users to place unstructured data, such as that from a drawing table, directly into a structured document, such as a Microsoft Word or text file.

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