Gates says Office will integrate with SQL Server, Exchange

Microsoft CEO Bill Gates has announced new features expected in upcoming releases of the Microsoft Office suite and the Exchange messaging and groupware application, including integration of Office with SQL Server and a single logon for Exchange and Windows NT. During a conference keynote, Gates said the next version of the suite Microsoft Office, referred to as Office 9x, will give users the ability to publish to Web servers and, through an integration with the SQL Server database, it will let users create Web-based reports.

Microsoft CEO Bill Gates has announced new features expected in upcoming releases of the Microsoft Office suite and the Exchange messaging and groupware application, including integration of Office with SQL Server and a single logon for Exchange and Windows NT.

During his keynote at the Microsoft Latin America Enterprise Solutions Conference '98, Gates said the next version of the suite Microsoft Office, referred to as Office 9x, will give users the ability to publish to Web servers and, through an integration with the SQL Server database, it will let users create Web-based reports. It will also be integrated with the messaging and groupware suite Exchange to let users collaborate on documents.

Meanwhile, version 6 of Exchange will have "extensive Internet support," support for a variety of clients and tighter integration with Windows NT in the form of a single logon, common administration and shared security, Gates said.

Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington, can be reached on the Web at http://www.microsoft.com/.

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