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Users Take Office 2007 Out For Online Spin

Microsoft late Monday unveiled an online version of Microsoft Office 2007 that users can test drive without downloading the beta or ordering a DVD preview.

Office 2007, which is to roll out in November (for corporations) and January (for consumers), has been available in a Beta 2 preview edition for more than a month. Test Drive, however, is aimed at users who balk at installing pre-release software.

"The online test-drive offers the perfect opportunity for everyone to experience an easier and better way to work," said Chris Capossela, vice president of the information worker group, in a statement.

The Office 2007 applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Publisher, can be run from within Internet Explorer on systems powered by Windows 98, 2000, or XP. Sample data and documents are provided, as are Microsoft's server-based solutions, such as SharePoint and Project Server.

Saving and printing are among the few disabled features of the Office applications.

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