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Microsoft targets Sarbanes-Oxley

Microsoft announced further details Wednesday regarding an add-on for its Office software aimed at helping companies comply with new Sarbanes-Oxley accounting rules. The Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley, set for release in March, is part of a family of specialty software and services packages Microsoft plans to introduce based on its new Office 2003 productivity software.

The Sarbanes-Oxley package works with Microsoft's SharePoint Services collaboration software and InfoPath electronic forms product to govern retention and dissemination of corporate financial data. Microsoft said it is working with several major accounting firms to tailor the package to suit business needs.