Office NGO - Next version of Office?
by Arie Slob
Hello Windows users,
Last month, a fascinating Shockwave animation made its appearance on the Internet. The animation purports to demonstrate some features of the next version of Microsoft Office, currently code-named Office NGO (Next Generation Office).
This new Office version promises to include links to a number of online services which include:
- MyOffice Personal Web Portal
- Email account
- Meeting workspaces
- Team workspaces with document storage
- Inbound/outbound faxing
- Content such as templates, communities, training and more
We can safely assume that the information in the Shockwave animation is pretty accurate, as Microsoft is requesting every one who posts the Shockwave animation on the Internet to remove it, citing "posting of an unauthorized release of an MS concept piece".
You can try to find it by using a search engine, and searching for OfficeNGO.swf (try Google), or you can see screenshots of the animation on our Web site.
I wouldn't draw conclusions with just this little Shockwave animation. It's not certain that it is genuine, although judging by Microsoft's requests to Web sites to take down the animation, it would appear to rate some sort of "authority seal". This animation doesn't discuss any Office application (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, or Access) features at all. It's just an overview of the online services and subscription possibilities.
There are some people who believe it all to be a fake (I can't imagine why Microsoft would ask Web site publishers to take down the shockwave animation if it were a fake...), and if it is, then I'd just say that it's a pretty elaborate one. We'll see what we find in Office .NET.
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