Microsoft Office Group

In the grassroots of portals, demand comes from knowledge workers or information workers. This is the market served by Microsoft desktop products such as the Office suite. Nearly all activities of such users have a place in the portal. In many instances, Microsoft product literature lumps together portals and intranets, such as in the Microsoft Solution for Intranets (www.microsoft.com/solutions/msi). The target market covers users who need these features:

  • Rich tools to create content and documents. Despite the hype around network computing and browser-based applications, the browser is not yet the place where these are created. Instead users still rely on rich, 32-bit Windows programs such as Word, PowerPoint, or Excel ...

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