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Short Take: Office 97 ships

Microsoft today shipped Microsoft Office 97, a Web-ready upgrade to its desktop applications suite. The suite includes new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access, plus a new information manager called Outlook. The Standard version will cost new users $499; an upgrade for previous Office users will cost $209 and $249 for users of non-Microsoft suites or desktop applications. The Professional version will cost $599 for new users, $309 for version upgrades, and $349 for non-Microsoft upgrades.

Microsoft today shipped Microsoft Office 97, a Web-ready upgrade to its desktop applications suite. The suite includes new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access, plus a new information manager called Outlook. The Standard version will cost new users $499; an upgrade for previous Office users will cost $209 and $249 for users of non-Microsoft suites or desktop applications. The Professional version will cost $599 for new users, $309 for version upgrades, and $349 for non-Microsoft upgrades.