TITLE

Will new UI secure Office users?

AUTHOR(S)
Chen, Anne
PUB. DATE
October 2005
SOURCE
eWeek;10/24/2005, Vol. 22 Issue 42, p43
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article informs that when Microsoft Corp. releases its next Office productivity Suite in the second half of 2006, it will unleash the most dramatic Office upgrade IT managers have seen since Office 95. Code-named Office 12, the update does not just signify a departure from Office 2003 but also a radical change in the user interface and in the look that Microsoft has consistently offered for years to users of its Windows-based applications. Although the revamp will help Microsoft set Office apart from open-source competitors such as the OpenOffice.org Project's OpenOffice.org 2.0, the dramatic changes in the look and feel of the productivity suite run the risk of alienating users who are accustomed to the classic Microsoft Office interface. Office continues to dominate on corporate desktops, but lower-priced and open-source alternatives are beginning to gain ground. With competitors releasing lower-cost alternatives that mimic Office and use its native file formats, Microsoft has been working to differentiate Office 12 with enhancements that are intended to increase user productivity, ease collaboration and improve business document management.
ACCESSION #
18740772

 

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