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by Mike Zazaian September 8, 2006 - 12:19pm, No Comments

Microsoft Office 2007

The most recent beta version of Microsoft’s killer office productivity application will soon be available for public trial.

According to sources inside Microsoft the latest development version of Office 2007, dubbed Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh, will be distributed within the company today or tomorrow, then made available to the public a day or two after. The popular office app is scheduled for release alongside Microsoft’s upcoming OS Windows Vista, which is scheduled to release on January 30th of 2007.

Microsoft’s new version of it’s productivity flagship will include a new feature called “Ribbon,” essentially a dropdown box which displays features and options that are pertinant to whichever sort of document a user is working on. The idea is to bring all of the pertinent functionality of the program directly to a user’s attention, without having to dig through the Office 2007 underbelly. Microsoft he-who-exceeds-a-title Bill Gates had this to say about the new feature:

We’re making some changes in our user interface in Office to expose, make it easy to find the functionality, make it far more visual, [so] that you get all the power that’s there in the tool.

However, there’s still no word on how Office 2007 will upgrade on top of previous versions of the software.