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September 16, 2005

PDC05 Office 12 Recap

Posted by David Hunter at 3:21 PM ET.

One of the two big themes at PDC05 was Office 12 which had its debut in the Bill Gates keynote on Tuesday and then cropped up throughout the week. A recap of key points:

- Numero uno was the new user interface planned for Office 12 which was highlighted in the keynote. There are many large screenshots in the Office 12 section of the PDC05 image gallery and a video with the Office UI team at Channel 9. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and the authoring part of Outlook will get the revamp and there will be no “Classic” mode. There’s more at the Office 12 preview site and Jensen Harris busts a few UI myths.

Also important but less likely to get big press:

- Microsoft Office Open XML Formats Overview

- Office 12 Servers: the details were only hinted at, but

Sinofsky told show attendees that, in terms of the company’s Office 12 server investments, “Windows SharePoint Services is the core platform element we build on.”

And Mike Fitzmaurice has a laundry list of features for SharePoint 3.0 (also Windows Sharepoint Services or WSS).

Filed under Beta and CTP, Conferences, OS - Server, Office, Office 2007, PDC05, Windows SharePoint Services

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One Response to “PDC05 Office 12 Recap”

  1. Microsoft News Tracker » Blog Archive » Giving Microsoft Office a Boost Says:

    [...] So what can Microsoft do to protect their lucrative Office market? Adding more minor features isn’t likely to do it. The user interface is changing in Office 12, but that can also be viewed as a minus for the retraining involved. As a result, Microsoft seems to have settled on a new theme of linkage of Office with business software products farther up the food chain such as the small business offerings or enterprise offerings via workflow and collaboration via SharePoint Services (WSS) and SharePoint Portal Server. [...]

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