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Team Manager sneaks in

Microsoft quietly sends its new Team Manager workflow management application to manufacturing and expects to start selling it December 6.

Microsoft (MSFT) has quietly sent its new Team Manager workflow management application to manufacturing and expects the product to appear on shelves starting December 6, according to company officials.

Team Manager is a standalone application that helps work teams consolidate task scheduling, progress updates, and project evaluations over a shared network or email system. It also lets users customize how works in progress are viewed, by deadline or priority, for example.

The software will come with two installation options: full read-write privileges for group leaders who want to assign tasks and read-only access for other users.

Despite its numerical indicator, Team Manager 97 is not a part of the upcoming Office 97 application suite, but it will have the Office 97 "look and feel" and will work in conjunction with Office's Outlook information manager.

Team Manager will run on Microsoft Exchange, MAPI, or VIM servers. Microsoft recommends Microsoft Mail, cc:Mail, or Lotus Notes Mail as the email system.

A five-seat license will cost $469 with additional licenses available on a per-license basis, Microsoft product manager Matthew Sullivan said.