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Office XP Professional Special Edition Upgrade & FREE FrontPage, Publisher & IntelliMouse

by Microsoft Software
Windows 98 / NT / 2000 / Me / XP
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • This special edition item is only available as an upgrade. To use it, you must own a copy of Office 97 or Office 2000
  • Includes:
  • Microsoft Word version 2002 (word processing)
  • Microsoft Excel version 2002 (spreadsheet)
  • Microsoft Outlook version 2002 (personal e-mail and information manager)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint version 2002 (presentation graphics)
  • Microsoft Access version 2002 (database management system)
  • Microsoft SharePoint Team Services (Team Web site solution)

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 98 / NT / 2000 / Me / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

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  • ASIN: B00005BK7H
  • Release Date: 31 May 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,154 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

After the most painless installation yet from a Microsoft product, Office XP Professional immediately starts to make an impression. The code has obviously been tightened with programs starting and closing noticeably faster. As well as several key changes from Office 2000 to improve productivity and collaboration, many smaller welcome tweaks have been introduced to improve functionality across the board. The focus in this release is on making Office smarter, providing better collaboration tools and self-customising to individual users (with a bit of help). The "Smart Tags" are a clever way of automatically matching data in documents to tasks such as inserting an address when you're writing a letter in Word or copying and pasting data in Excel. This is extremely welcome as is the ability to customise auto-correct (don't correct these types of errors but do correct these). Also new are "Task panes". Imagine a cross between a Wizard and the Help section which, by means of some drop-down menus makes relevant commands easily available, thus achieving results faster.

As well as the cross-product improvements, each suite has had an overhaul. Outlook has seen many tweaks that improve usability and productivity notably auto-correct during typing and improved ease of setting up mail accounts plus support for Hotmail. PowerPoint contains a plethora of enjoyable new effects that can be combined in multiple ways leading to the most swish presentations and some useful new applications most notably the organisation chart creator. Word and Excel benefit the most from "Smart Tags" and "Task Panes". Some new useful features include a merge function in Word for incorporating other users' changes, a "Word Count" display for those late-night essays, a drop-down menu in Excel with commonly used functions and an extremely easy-to-use set of diagram creators.

Office XP will improve productivity and results across the entire application suite. The improved functionality especially with "Smart Tags" and "Task Panes" once learnt will save users considerable time in creating quality documents. --Colin Neal

Manufacturer's Description

Microsoft Office XP Professional puts the features you need within easy reach at all times. Working alone, you'll experience simple productivity. Working with others, you'll collaborate more effectively. And enhancing your work with the Web has never been easier. All this, combined with increased reliability, means you'll never look back - which is perfect, because your best results lie in front of you.

Office XP enables you to experience working more effectively with others by revolutionizing the document editing and review process; brings your communication tools like MSN Hotmail and MSN Messenger Service together in one place with your calendar and contact information; and allows you to efficiently manage team projects and activities with a pre-built Web site called SharePoint Team Services.

Continuously extend the value of the Office XP experience. Use Office XP as your "information hub" to harness information from multiple locations. Office XP links you to relevant resources when you need them, helping you find information more easily through advanced search capabilities, and offering integrated Web services to add more value to Office.
Front Page 2002
Create professional-looking Web sites With FrontPage users gain the power to add dynamic content easily. They can save time and achieve professional-looking results using sophisticated technologies. Control and manage Web sites with confidence FrontPage enables users to take complete control of their Web site-from design and performance issues to editing and management tasks with powerful new Web authoring and tracking tools. Cultivate Productivity and Teamwork Microsoft SharePointT Team Services technology extends Internet accessibility and interactivity to teams and organizations, enabling global collaboration. Add E-commerce Functionality With the Microsoft bCentralT Commerce Manager Add-in for FrontPage and a subscription to the bCentral Commerce Manager Service, users can quickly and easily build online catalogs to promote and sell products online. BCentral Commerce Manager helps customers manage product lists online, informs them when they have sales readily to process, and takes care of transaction complexities for online merchants. Reasons to upgrade to Office XP Professional with Front Page
Reason 1. Smart Tags
Get information when and where you need it. As you're working, smart tags alert you to important actions such as selecting formatting for pasted information, correcting errors in formulas, or AutoCorrect options for bulleted lists, capitalization, fractions, and more. Whether it's on your PC, company intranet, or the Web, context-sensitive smart tags provide relevant options that help you access the information you need quickly and easily.
Reason 2. Task Panes
Accomplish more with the new Task Pane. The new Task Pane puts relevant features just a click away - making it simpler to use even more of the tools in Office. Find files more quickly, format content more easily, and work more efficiently - the power of Office is within easy reach.
Reason 3. Access and analyze information easily from business knowledgesources and the Web
Get the data you need for decisions. Now it's even easier to get refreshable data from the Web into Excel for viewing and analysis. Use the new browser-like interface to visually select tables on Web pages for import into Excel, or copy data from a Web page and create a refreshable query. Also Microsoft Access introduces PivotTable and PivotChart views to tables, queries, views, stored procedures, functions, and forms. You can now perform data analysis and build rich PivotTable and PivotChart view solutions more quickly than ever before
Reason 4. Creative expression of your ideas
Express your ideas in powerful and compelling ways. Create professional looking documents with enhanced formatting, editing and input features. Superior integration between the Office programs makes it easy to bring a variety of information together, organize it, and create effective documents to capture and convey your ideas. Even use speech recognition to select menu, toolbar, dialog box, and task pane items with your voice.
Reason 5. Work with tools you can rely on
Spend time creating, not re-creating. With Document Recovery, you now have the option to automatically save your current document, spreadsheet or presentation, at the time an application stops responding - so you don't lose a moment's work. You can further protect your work by using the AutoRecover feature in Word, PowerPoint and Excel to automatically save the document you're working on at specified intervals.
Reason 6. Send for Review (Document Collaboration)
Compare and merge changes easily. As the author of a document, use Send for Review to collect and automatically combine revisions such as insertions, deletions, formatting changes, and comments from multiple reviewers into a single document. (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Reason 7. Integrated Messaging
Manage your messages in one place. Now with Microsoft Outlook you can access, send, and receive e-mails from multiple accounts, including work, personal, or Web-based e-mail such as MSN Hotmail within a single view as well as send and receive instant messages with MSN Messenger.
Reason 8. SharePoint Team Services
Work together-no matter where you are. Integration with SharePoint Team Services allows you to seamlessly share information between Office XP applications and your team Web site. Both you and your team members can contribute content to the Web site, upload documents to document libraries, and participate in discussions and surveys.
Reason 9. Improved Calendaring, Scheduling, and Reminders
Coordinate schedules and activities easily. Efficiently manage all of your appointment or task reminders in a single, consolidated Reminders Window. And now, if you receive a meeting request and you're unavailable, you can quickly see all other invitees' schedules and suggest a new meeting time in your response. You can even, create Group Schedules for your team and the people you meet regularly view their calendars and set up meetings with ease.
Reason 10. Extensible smart tags
Microsoft and its partners such your favorite websites, other business applications you are using inside your company and many other information sources make information "come alive" with context relevant custom smart tags displaying appropriate actions. Import data, link to real time data, find relevant or related information, even provide custom reports all directly within Office.
Reason 11. Improved Search and Find
Find the information you need. You can use the Search in Microsoft Office XP to find files wherever you work: on your computer hard drive, your local network, your Microsoft Outlook mailbox, and your network places. You can also find e-mail messages, meetings, and other information that are stored in your Outlook mailbox folders.
Reason 12. Enhance your work with the Web
Access the Web for more Office tools. Get your work done faster by starting from a professionally authored template, or enhance your documents, with one of the thousands of images, sounds, photos, and animations and extend your Office with services from Microsoft Office Tools on the Web.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and clean upgrade 11 Mar. 2002
By A Customer
I, like many people, tend to avoid upgrades and go for the full version. This particular upgrade, though, was as sweet and clean as you could ask for. A superb product; but if you already have Office 2000, it is a pure luxury rather than a necessity. If, on the other hand, you are using Office 98 or (God forbid) Office 97, then by all means upgrade. Yes, it's worth it.
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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For home users it's not worth the upgrade 20 Jun. 2001
Like a lemming I went out and bought OfficeXP Special Edition and was dissapointed. Yes it has extra features but it has some caveats that aren't apparent until you install it.
WindowsME users will lose the facility to Fax from outlook. ME doesn't provide WinFAX Drivers and XP uninstalls WinFax Lite from Office 2000 leaving you to purchase a 3rd party tool. (Another £50 for WinFax Pro)
Text to Speech is partially implemented, i.e. It works only in Excel! What happened to Word and Outlook? Speech recognition is only implemented for US Speakers. You also need to start a seperate application for OCR scanning to WORD. Why did they not integrate this feature? Search and Replace text is still not available in outlook, and my machine refused to boot after installation because Office XP didn't like my Voodoo 3000 Graphics Drivers.
It's not all bad though. Handwriting recognition is very good and unlike PALM does not require you to learn a new way of writing, though joined up letters can pose it's difficulties. Outlook warns you if another application is trying to use it's address book a useful feature, if not annoying when trying to sync my PalmVX. The free Optical mouse is worth a mention also.
Do you really need to upgrade? No not yet, save your money!
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A real person 13 Jun. 2001
By A Customer
So you are thinking about upgrading, well, it did install OK on my machine and runs fine. There are some nice touches which if you are a power user of 2000 will be worth the upgrade. Otherwise you should maybe wait a while and see how XP pans out.
I will give you one tip once installed do not use the build and repair function with reset defaults option set, if you do all your own email addresses will be removed from Outlook, on my PC it wiped every entry, and that of course took a while to type back in.
Oh and as I havn't given a rave review I don't expect you will get to read this... Call me a cynic
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Office XP - Welcome to the Future 24 May 2001
I have now been using the Evaluation version of Office XP for about three weeks. All I can say is: Brilliant! This is the best piece of software I have used for a long time. There are loads of new features that will definitely make life easier. It looks good, feels good and handles even better. If this is wave of things to come, then we have much to look forward to. There are of course, as with every Microsoft Product, a few glitches, but I am sure they will sort that out soon enough with SR-1 (hence only four stars).
All I can say is buy it. You won't regret it. It is far superior to Office 2000 in many ways. I have already pre-ordered mine. (I took the Special Edition Upgrade that comes with FrontPage and the nifty little mouse option.)
Get it people. Get it now.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but not worth the extra! 31 May 2001
By A Customer
Installed my copy this morning, and as always I was confronted with a seamless and efficient installation, leaving me with Microsoft's newest edition of the popular Office series.
It looks prettier, and the activation is a neat trick which should cut back on all the scroungers out there who choose to pirate it!
All I can say is that it's better than it was before, and no doubt it does everything slightly better too. it's not worth the hundreds of pounds asking price for the priviledge, though!
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