Thanks prasant again for this story. Microsoft, looking to expand its desktop software monopoly into new areas, on Tuesday will announce plans for a new version of its cash cow, Office, and the launch of the first Tablet PC systems.
Jeff Raikes, Microsoft group vice president, will make the announcements during a keynote speech on Tuesday at the TechXNY conference in New York.
Raikes will announce that the new Office version, being developed under the name Office 11, is scheduled to ship by mid-2003. That version will include better support for Extensible Markup Language (XML), an industry standard for data description and exchange and a key technology behind Microsoft's .Net Web services plan.
The current version of Office, Office XP, shipped last summer.