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Microsoft previews tools for Office users

updated 04:30 pm EST, Tue January 11, 2005

New Office tools

Microsoft's today unveiled four new enhancements for Office 2004: the .PST Import Tool to migrate data from Outlook 2001 for Mac to Entourage 2004; updates to Entourage 2004 and the next version of MSN Messenger for Mac that will make collaboration in the enterprise even easier; and fresh Office tools and templates for greater efficiency.

Easier Migration With .PST Import Tool

Customers requested an easier way to migrate data from Outlook 2001 for Mac to Entourage, an e-mail and personal information manager, and the new .PST Import Tool answers the call. To build the best possible final product, Microsoft announced a public beta program inviting IT managers to test the tool; their input will provide a vital influence on the product's direction. The .PST Import Tool for Entourage 2004 beta release is now available.

Increased Exchange Support for Entourage 2004

Microsoft built enhanced Microsoft Exchange Server support into Entourage 2004 and will expand it further with an update to Entourage this year. Enterprise customers will benefit from improvements that allow viewing of multiple calendars and increased integration with the Global Address List (GAL). Enhancements also include better server and client synchronization and permissions, as well as improved public folder experience and mailbox quota management tools. This update will be released during the second half of 2005.

Improved Communication With MSN Messenger for Mac Version 5.0

MSN Messenger for Mac 5.0 will enable real-time communication and easier collaboration for corporate Mac users. Some of the key features included in the next version are improved security and the ability to add users listed in a company's GAL or corporate address book. The latest version also will enable users to view both personal and corporate messaging accounts from one location. MSN Messenger for Mac 5.0 is expected during the first half of 2005.

Tools for "Working Smarter"

Mac BU today launched Job Tools, a free online resource for job-specific tips, expert articles and customizable templates to further extend Office 2004. Phase one of the program delivers resources for K-12 teachers, marketing professionals and small-business owners. Additional occupations will be added as Mac BU gathers input from users.

Also of note, Microsoft will release an update to its Junk Mail Filter in Entourage 2004 via Microsoft AutoUpdate and also make this available at

by MacNN Staff



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