by CIO Staff

Microsoft Details Office 2007

Feb 16, 20062 mins
Enterprise Applications

On Wednesday, Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft released details on its next version of Office, which will include an improved home version, new server-based offerings and a high-end corporate edition of the desktop package, CNET reports.

Microsoft also offered up prices on some of the new products.  On average, the company said consumers would pay roughly the same amount for Office 2007 as they have for previous versions, CNET reports.

“We do not expect our customers to notice any significant change in our pricing,” said Parri Munsell, a group program manager in Microsoft’s information worker unit.  According to CNET, Office Standard will be priced at $399 and Office Professional will go for $499.

“There’s a tremendous amount in the new Office 2007,” Munsell said.  “We do believe this is the most significant advance in over a decade.”

A beta version of Office 2007 was first made available in November, and the second beta testing cycle is slated for this spring, CNET reports.

The company will offer two high-end editions along with the Standard and Professional offerings–deemed “professional plus” and “enterprise”–that can only be purchased by businesses through the company’s volume-licensing program.  Though Microsoft did not announce prices for either high-end edition, it did offer details on a number of their features.

The Professional Plus version contains standard Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook applications that tout the features of the professional edition’s Access and Publisher products, an instant messaging program called Office Communicator, InfoPath software for creating forms, and server-based content and forms management capabilities, according to CNET 

The enterprise edition offers Groove, a collaborative program that gives users the option of running their own Groove server or employing a hosted service, CNET reports.  Microsoft is currently offering small businesses a Groove Live service for $79 per user, per year.

In addition, the company’s SharePoint Portal Server, which was used solely for handling portals in the past, will now manage other Office functions as well, such as spreadsheet hosting and content rights management, CNET reports.

“We think Office SharePoint is going to be the heart of the Office system,” Munsell told CNET

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