Office 2007 will link up enterprise IT

Microsoft has officially unveiled Office 2007, the next version of its flagship suite. The new version aims to move beyond word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and e-mail to support enterprise collaboration.

Microsoft has officially unveiled Office 2007, the next version of its flagship suite. The new version aims to move beyond word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and e-mail to support enterprise collaboration.

As part of the release Microsoft is introducing a range of servers. Office SharePoint Server 2007 will become the single server that unifies portal and content management.

Other servers include Office Project Server 2007, Project Portfolio Server 2007, and Forms Server 2007, which respectively support project and portfolio management and electronic forms management.

Office Standard will sell for £235, while Office Professional will cost £300.

Michael Azoff, senior research analyst with Butler Group, said Microsoft's strategy was to develop the individual products in Office into a web-enabled, networked tool.

"With office productivity products becoming available as open source software, Microsoft is now evolving MS Office into an enterprise integration platform," he said.

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