By Joyce Chang, The China Post
By Joyce Chang Microsoft Taiwan launched a Chinese version of its next-generation Windows application system Office XP yesterday. The launch of Office XP, which is said to create a new experience, is seen as a stepping stone for the company to realize its .Net software-as-a-service strategy. Microsoft’s Office XP, a flagship suite, is predicted to play a critical part in the company’s product lineup this year. According to Taiwan Microsoft general manager Chiu Limeng, the year 2001 will be an exciting year for the company, which is scheduled to introduce the three most important products since its establishment, including Office XP, Windows XP and Xbox. Office XP features improvements in productivity and collaboration. Especially the function of SharePoint Team Service, said Chiu, which enables users to easily access the data they need, share team information and collaborate on document networking. She added the new product helps enterprises solve the headache of data management. Chiu indicated that in a poll conducted on more than 1 million eligible customers on the island, 40 percent of them have an immediate interest in upgrading their current Office system. According to Chiu, there are 250 million users of Microsoft Office around the world. Regarding the other flagship Window XP, Chiu said its English version will be released to the market in October and its Chinese version will be announced in November. In addition, the Chinese version of Visio 2002, the visual application software, will be available to the Taiwan market by the end of July. The portal site, Yam.com, also announced yesterday that it becomes the first customer to construct an interactive education community on the Internet using as its base one of Office XP’s powerful functions, SharePoint.
Office XP funtions with Windows 98/98 SE, Windows Millennium Edition, NT 4.0, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. It will not run on Windows 95, according to the company.