Microsoft marks Office release by giving it away

Auckland developer Keylogix is marking the retail release of Microsoft Office 2003 today by introducing a new version of ActiveDocs, its Office-compatible document automation software.

Auckland developer Keylogix is marking the retail release of Microsoft Office 2003 today by introducing a new version of ActiveDocs, its Office-compatible document automation software. Microsoft is planning a characteristically splashy launch, handing out free copies in stores and on buses.

Keylogix Enterprise is a server-based application that makes use of Office 2003 XML capabilities such as the research pane.

Company spokesman Mike O’Brien says ActiveDocs allows organisations to customise and standardise documents and templates. “It’s about consistency of the brand,” he says.

“What ActiveDocs historically does and continues to do is to make it simple. They don’t need to use development resources.”

ActiveDocs Enterprise also includes a web wizard for document creation and management. Documents can be saved in Word, WordML, RTF, PDF, or HTML format.

ActiveDocs Enterprise works with Office 2003 applications such as Word, Outlook, InfoPath and OneNote, and server products such as SharePoint and SharePoint Services.

Meanwhile, Microsoft plans to give away over 500 copies of Office 2003 this morning to mark the retail release. The freebie software will be handed out at computer stores nationwide and on buses in Auckland and Wellington.

The first customers at over 100 Harvey Norman, Noel Leeming, Big Byte and Dick Smith stores can ask for copies of Office 2003. Each store, marked with a promotional poster, will have five copies of the suite to give away.

Other copies will be handed out on a Microsoft-branded bus in each of Auckland and Wellington.

Office 2003 combines the latest versions of Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Outlook, and a business contact manager. The standard version retails for $899 and the professional edition, which includes the Access database, for $1199.

Also available are Project, the project management tool, and Visio, the diagramming and modelling program. Project is priced at $1466.90 for the standard version and $2472.30 for the professional edition, and Visio at $492 and $1199.

Two new applications, OneNote and InfoPath, are priced at $429 and $499 respectively. OneNote is a note-taking and organising program. InfoPath is an app for building and using dynamic forms.

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