Office 12: Microsoft Pumps Up Productivity Platform

While Office 12, Microsofts next-generation desktop suite, is not expected to hit Beta 1 until later this fall, Microsoft officials are set to show off a number of its components at the companys annual Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in mid-September. Recent developer conferences have focused almost exclusively on operating system and tools futures. But this years will include dozens of tracks aimed at Office developers and users.

At the conference, Microsoft officials are set to show off some of the individual Office 12 desktop applications; InfoPath and Excel server capabilities; SharePoint "Version 3" futures; and new functionality on the Groove collaboration front. Company officials are expected to outline Microsofts updated enterprise-content-management strategy at the confab. And Senior Vice President of Office, Steven Sinofsky, is slated to deliver the September 14 PDC keynote.

News source: eWeek

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