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June 26, 2006

Microsoft announces Web-based Office 2007! Hold on, it’s just a demo.

Posted by David Hunter at 9:00 PM ET.

You’ll need to download a Citrix (the “thin client” company) plug-in first, so you’re really getting a terminal session and not a Web application, but nonetheless Microsoft is now offering an online Office 2007 experience:

Microsoft Corp. today announced a “try it before you buy it” program allowing people to take an online test-drive of the 2007 Microsoft Office system release.

With the online test-drive, people can experience products directly for themselves to learn how the next release can help them better manage documents, organize their work and collaborate with others. In just minutes, anyone with access to an Internet connection can try out the latest improvements to familiar Microsoft Office applications using sample data to demo editing documents, sending e-mail, and posting to Microsoft Office SharePoint® sites to illustrate real-time collaboration functionality. The system is set up not only with Microsoft Office client applications, but also with server offerings pre-populated with data to allow people to easily experience the new server functionality in Microsoft Office. This is the first online test-drive made available before the launch of a Microsoft Office release, and it features 18 product-specific tutorials with step-by-step instructions covering most Office system client products and servers, including Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Office Project Server 2007.

Give them points for a clever marketing idea – as long as the servers actually running the applications don’t get bogged down.

Filed under Citrix, Coopetition, General Business, Marketing, Microsoft, Office, Office 2007

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