TOOLS: ROADMAP SYNTHESIZES PEOPLE, BUSINESS SOFTWARE

Microsoft Corp. laid out the next phase in its strategy for online services, offering a road map for new offerings that synthesize client, server and services software for people and businesses. These offerings will combine elements of client-based programs with software that runs large servers and new services delivered over the Internet.

Live offerings span entertainment, communication and productivity. These services emphasize ease of use, simplicity of access and flexibility, and are ideally suited for situations where people either don’t have access to professional technical expertise or don’t require high levels of system management.

Office LiveWorkspace is among the first entries in the new wave of online services. Available at no charge, Office LiveWorkspace lets users do the following: access documents anywhere; work collaboratively on a project with others in a password-protected, invitation- only online workspace; easily connect to Microsoft Office Word, Power- Point, Excel and Outlook on their PC via the Web. 

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