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Stuck in the Office? New Website Helps You Out

17 March, 2004 | Archived Post
Microsoft launches Office Online, a website with templates, tips and tricksSYDNEY, Australia, 17 March 2004

Microsoft Australia today announced the launch of Office Online, a website-based repository of complimentary Microsoft Office resources for both home and business users.

Press Release:
Office Online provides a range of localised materials for Australian users including complimentary templates, complimentary online training in Office applications such as PowerPoint, Excel and Word; an extensive Clip Art and media gallery; and access to a directory of tools and services from external providers through Office Marketplace (connect time charges may apply to these services).

According to Kevin Burke, Office Online project lead, Microsoft Australia, Office Online will help a wide range of computer users to get more out of their software.

“Office Online was designed to help people use their PCs more easily and effectively whether they are at work, at school or at home. We all get stuck sometimes when it comes to using our PC and Office Online is a great way to find all of the tips and tricks you need in the one place,” he said.
Information available on the website includes:

  • Assistance: Find help, how-to articles, columns, tips, and quizzes that explain how to use Microsoft Office programs and features.
  • Training: Take short, online training courses in anything from formatting a Microsoft Word document to building a Microsoft Access database.
  • Templates: Choose from more than 1,100 Australian, localised templates for calendars, resumes, greeting cards, business cards, letterhead, business plans, accounting templates, reports, and more.
  • Clip Art and Media: Choose from a diverse collection of more than 140,000 pieces of clip art, animation, sounds, and photos for professional and personal use.
  • Downloads: Get the latest security and performance updates, viewers, converters, add-ins, stationery, and other useful downloads for Microsoft Office.
  • Office Marketplace: Search a directory of tools, services, smart tags, and add-ins provided by Australian partners.

Resources on the website also carry independent user ratings to help people find the information which will be most beneficial for their needs. Says Kevin Burke, “The star ratings are a way for site users to provide feedback on the resources available through Office Online and help us to ensure that the site will remain up to date with the most useful and relevant information for our customers.”

All Microsoft customers using Office products dating back to Office 97 will be able to access the information they need through their web browser. People using Office 2003 will be able to access content from the website directly from task panes and menus which means they will not need to leave the programs they are using to search for information.

Office Online can be found at

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For further information, please contact:
Shannon Rudd
Product PR Manager
Microsoft Australia
Ph: 02 9870 2451 / 0410 533 055

Susannah Hardy
Howorth Communications
02 9904 2618/0410 613 510


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