Microsoft Office 11 Beta

In the next instalment of Micro­soft’s Office suite, the major improvements are led by a tighter integration of XML technology. Creating and working with XML documents is far superior than in Office XP, which is a fair indication of how important XML has become to the business world.

In the minor improvements basket, Outlook seems to be the big winner. Flagging of messages for later follow-up can now be done with a single click; these messages appear in their own follow-up folder.

You can also create Search folders that display messages that meet certain search criteria, such as being from a specific person. Outlook’s preview pane has also been revamped so that messages are easier to read. See here for a screenshot example.

Word’s new Reading view provides a slick interface for when you simply need to read a document without editing it. Multiple pages can be displayed on the screen at once and you can navigate within a document by clicking on thumbnails. Additional tweaks to Word include enhanced markup features, style locking, and greater editing control.

Some of the more notable additions for the other Office applications include improved statistical functions in Excel, the ability to make backups of Access databases, and a speedy Package to CD feature in PowerPoint.

Although Office 11 Beta is looking like a stable and comprehensive product, one problem that users will face when it is finally released is that it will require Windows 2000 or Windows XP to be installed.

In brief:Microsoft Office 11 Beta

(Beta software, not rated)
The next version of Microsoft Office won’t hit the retail shelves until mid-2003 but this beta certainly shows promise.
Price: $TBA
Phone: 13 2058
URL: www.microsoft.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Kieran McNamee

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?