Microsoft launches Office System at Gitex

Gitex 2003 will witness the unveiling of Microsoft Office System, just ahead of its worldwide launch. Due to time differences between here and the US, local IT enthusiasts will be trying out the new software before their counterparts elsewhere in the world even get an opportunity.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  September 29, 2003

Gitex 2003 will witness the unveiling of Microsoft Office System, just ahead of its worldwide launch. Due to time differences between here and the US, local IT enthusiasts will be trying out the new software before their counterparts elsewhere in the world even get an opportunity.

No longer limited to just personal productivity products, the 2003 iteration of Office offers enhanced integration between front end functionality and Microsoft's back office servers, such as SharePoint and Exchange.

According to the vendor, Microsoft Office System helps users address business needs ranging from personal productivity management to complex project management.

"Office is a flagship product for us, and with this release we [evolved] the product and focused on adding value," says Mohammed Kateeb, regional director, Microsoft Middle East.

"We have significantly redesigned parts of Office System 2003, so that customers will get real value. We will be demonstrating it throughout Gitex, showing the improved functionality and integration versus previous versions of Office," he adds.

Microsoft has given particular attention to improving the security, manageability and integration of the latest version of Office. The end result, according to Microsoft, is a package that will boost productivity and increase collaboration.

"We have spent a lot of time researching user requirements and looking at how people work within certain industries," says Kateeb. "We have also had a huge focus on improving integration with back office systems, such as Exchange and SharePoint Server, which will improve the collaboration of the package," he adds.

In addition to unveiling Office to the region, Microsoft will be introducing a raft of other products at Gitex, such as Windows Server 2003, Visual Studio.Net 2003, smart phones, Tablet PCs and Microsoft CRM products. Microsoft will also be getting closer to its customers during Gitex to better understand how they use technology to achieve their business objectives.

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