Microsoft Corporation today announced the release of the technical beta version of Office 12. According to the company's press release, the software is only available to a few nominated customers and partners worldwide.
The final release of Office 12 is scheduled for the second half of 2006.
Microsoft Office 12 will attempt to improve the productivity through a results-oriented user interface, powerful graphics, diagramming engines and advanced task and information management tools.
"Office '12' will redefine the Office experience," proudly said Chris Capossela, corporate vice president of the Information Worker Product Management Group at Microsoft.
"The next version of Office is the most significant release in more than 10 years and includes new technologies designed to allow information workers to drive greater business success. Now, after many years of research and development, we're eager to put the software to the test and solicit technical feedback from select customers and partners."
Microsoft Office 12 will include new versions of the previous office tools: Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, InfoPath, OneNote, Publisher, Project, Visio and Groove Virtual Office.
A public beta is expected this spring. Users can register to be notified when it becomes available at
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