California Educational Data Processing Association
The DataBus - Vol. 37, No. 2
February-March, 1997

Microsoft News

Elisa Bartell, Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Seeks Online-savvy Junior High Students

Calling all "Net Heads." The Microsoft Teen Advisory Board gives teens ages 12 to 14 a chance to wear an online producer's hat and advise Microsoft on interactive concepts, the latest teen trends, and cool web sites. Teenagers participate on the board by meeting regularly in person, or online on the Microsoft Network.

The advisory board collaborates online with members from across the US and Canada. Right now the kids are working together to develop a web page. To apply, kids need prior experience with online services, the Internet, and must have an Email account they check at least once a week. For their involvement over a six-month period, the teens receive a software package and a certificate from Microsoft.

For more information please contact the board's director, Katie Frankle Kearney, at 310/449-7367 or at [email protected].

Microsoft K-12 Technology Connection

Designed to be a valuable resource for K-12 technology decision makers, this monthly newsletter provides timely content from a variety of sources such as Microsoft education market managers , outside experts and educators. Topics covered monthly include Internet/Intranet, Networking, Desktop Applications, a Q & A Forum and more. Check out the current edition of the newsletter at http://www.microsoft.com/education/k12/news/. Or, have the newsletter delivered to your desktop via email.


The Microsoft K-12 Technology Connection (link to http://www.microsoft.com/education/feedback/newsltr.htm).

Announcing Office97

Announcing availability of Office97!! Office 97 is the new version of the world's best-selling productivity suite, which integrates the ease of intelligent applications with the power of the Web.

Office 97 includes significant new versions of its component applications, including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, the PowerPoint® presentation graphics program and Microsoft Outlook. New in Office 97 is the Microsoft Outlook desktop information manager. Outlook provides a powerful means for users to manage information, track documents and communicate with others. Integrating e-mail, scheduling, contact management, task management and a journal module for tracking documents and events, Outlook operates as the central "hub" of activity for Office 97 users.

New collaboration and communication tools implemented throughout the Office suite help users easily create and share information with others. Users can work on the same spreadsheet simultaneously, store multiple versions of documents in a single file, and manage revisions to documents made by multiple users.

Internet technologies in Office 97 make it simple for users to create hyperlinks, publish content on the Web in HTML or Office file formats, find Office or HTML documents on their organization's network, and even edit Office documents live inside their Web browser.

With approximately 50 percent of the code in Office 97 shared across all the applications, users will be able to take advantage of many new tools, such as the Office Assistant and Office Art in each. The Office Assistant is a new animated help system that unifies online user assistance, lets users ask questions in their own words, and interactively provides suggestions to help users get more out of their software. Office Art is a new set of powerful drawing tools, designed to help users create professional, appealing graphics in all Microsoft Office documents.

If you would like to speak with an Authorized Education Reseller about purchasing Office97 at a substantial discount, please contact Joel Irby at 800/426-9400 x11866 or [email protected]. For more details on product features, please call Microsoft Inside Sales at 800/426-9400 or check out our web site at http://www.microsoft.com/office.

Elisa Bartell is Education Market Manager for Microsoft Corporation, SoCal District. She may be reached at (310) 449-7344, by FAX at (310) 829-4111, or by e-mail at [email protected].

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