Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,
Microsoft has started shipping the new version of Windows 98 - Windows 98 Second Edition.
Full Retail Product: $209.00 USD (Estimated Price)
Upgrade (for Windows 95 and Windows 3.1 users): $109.00 (Estimated Price)
Upgrade (for Windows 98 users): $19.95 + S&H
You can check for prices & availability by using Bottom Dollar's Price Search, but remember that the Upgrade for Windows 98 users is Only available from Microsoft.
Consult the Microsoft Web site if you are looking for Academic Pricing or Volume Pricing.
For more information, check System Requirements, or read our Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition Preview.
Note that you can also order the Service Pack 1 for Windows 98. The Service Pack includes bug fixes for Windows 98 and Internet Explorer 4.0 as well as Year 2000 updates, but does not include any new features. You pay $5.00 USD for Shipping & Handling.
Microsoft Releases Office 2000
Microsoft Corp. President Steve Ballmer launched the Office 2000 application suite at a presentation in San Francisco on Monday June 7.
The latest in the line of Office Suites is designed to translate documents between traditional office formats and HTML, with a simple "Save as" procedure, a welcome addition for people developing/publishing on Intranets or Extranets.
Another new feature is called Collaboration. This feature uses Internet Explorer 5's Web Folders that makes files and folders on a Web server look like regular files or folders on a local hard disk or network drive. You can access and publish files to Web Folders directly from Office's File Open and Save dialog boxes, and you can even copy, move, rename or delete files between Web folders and a local disk. To use Web Folders, your server must have either FrontPage extensions or the included Office Server Extensions.
Microsoft announced that the ISP's Verio Inc. and Concentric Corp. will be the first to start hosting the Office Server Extensions, more ISP's and VAR's are expected to join this program.
The various office versions consist of:
Standard: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint
Small Business: Word, Excell, Outlook, Publisher, Small Biz tools
Professional: Everything in Standard + Small Business + Access
Premium: Everything in Professional + FrotPage + PhotoDraw
Developer: Everything in Premium + tools and database runtimes
As noted in last week's Newsletter, Microsoft has a handy Office 2000 Upgrade Tool, which lets you check to see if you are eligible for the upgrade version.
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