One of Office 12's big new features is the results-oriented user interface, which streamlines the way a user carries out tasks. According to Microsoft's press release, Office 12 eliminates menus and toolbars, replacing them with "graphical command tabs" which pop up in anticipation of a need. It also seems to have the capability to edit documents more quickly and precisely with a set of layouts dubbed "Live Preview technology," which will let users choose from several different ideas for document presentation.
Assuming Microsoft's next upgrade cycle succeeds and is accepted wholeheartedly by consumers and businesses alike, ace PC distributor and Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick Dell
So how are developers taking all this? Too early to tell, I'd say. But keep in mind that Microsoft's Windows franchise is a bona fide monopoly on the desktop. If you have a computer in your house, chances are it's a Windows-based machine -- sorry, Apple
Have you been thinking about investing in Microsoft's equity? Has that depressing range been keeping you away? Personally, I think the company is set to benefit from Windows Vista and Office 12, so buying ahead of the fireworks might be wise. Even if the range continues longer than one would like, keep in mind that, as Mathew Emert has discussed, this stock is potentially one of the best dividend plays out there.
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