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Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac is Released to Manufacturing!

  • 07 April, 2004 11:12

<p>Microsoft Australia’s Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) today announced that Microsoft Office® 2004 for Mac will be released to manufacturing (RTM) on April 14, 2004. The company also announced more Office 2004 for Mac features designed to help users create enhanced documents with new templates in PowerPoint® 2004, smart buttons in Word® 2004 and Excel® 2004, and improved charting tools in Excel 2004.</p>
<p>“The MacBU has been heavily focused through research, development and testing to build a new version of Office for Mac that helps our customers work smarter and be more productive,” said Cynthia Kouvatas, Microsoft Australia’s home and entertainment division product marketing manager. “Customer feedback on early versions of Office 2004 for Mac has been very positive and we are excited about this significant milestone which brings us one step closer to the date for its release.”</p>
<p>Six localised versions (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Swedish) of Office 2004 for Mac will reach RTM in the following weeks and the product is set for launch by the third week of May.</p>
<p>Developed specifically for Mac users, Office 2004 is designed to help customers work smarter – providing new tools to help users effortlessly manage information, share ideas and create with confidence. New features announced include:</p>
<p>• Charting Improvements in Excel 2004: New charting tools make quantum leaps in helping create amazing charts and graphs.</p>
<p>• Smart Buttons in Word and Excel 2004: Buttons that give unprecedented control over powerful automatic functions in Word or Excel documents.</p>
<p>• New Design Templates, Animations, and Transitions in PowerPoint 2004: More than 100 brand-new design templates and new, smoother transitions and animations.</p>
<p>• Save as Picture in Office: Allows users to save objects drawn in Office as separate graphics files.</p>
<p>• Soft Shadows in Office: New, fully adjustable Soft Shadows add a measure of elegance to every document.</p>
<p>An online Flash demo of the tools listed above, as well as other Office 2004 features, can be accessed at www.microsoft.com/mac.</p>
<p>– ends –</p>
<p>About Microsoft Macintosh Business Unit
The Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft is a leading developer of software and online products for the Macintosh platform. With the largest Mac-focused development team outside Apple Computer Inc., the Mac BU comprises approximately 160 full-time Mac product experts. Committed to the Macintosh platform since 1997, the Mac BU delivers award-winning products developed to meet the unique needs of Mac users. Current products include Microsoft Office v. X for Mac, a productivity suite that includes the e-mail application and personal information manager Entourage X, Word X, Excel X and PowerPoint X - Office 2004 for Mac will be available in May 2004; Internet Explorer 5.2 for Mac; MSN for Mac OS X; MSN Messenger for Mac Version 3.5; and Virtual PC for Mac Version 6.1. More information about the Mac BU and Microsoft Macintosh products is available at http://www.microsoft.com/mac/.</p>
<p>About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential.</p>
<p>Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.</p>
<p>The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.</p>
<p>For further information:</p>
<p>Katie Burford or Stephen Rodi
Howorth Communications
02 9904 2618
howorth@howorth.com.au</p>

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