Microsoft has made a big effort to make the Macintosh edition as powerful and easy to use as Office 97 for Windows, something past versions failed to do. And the company hasn't merely retooled the Windows version to force it to fit on a Macintosh. Instead, it took pains to make Office 98 as Mac-friendly as possible. This is reflected in standard Macintosh functions like drag-and-drop, giving users the ability to easily share information across applications. For example, a Microsoft Excel 98 spreadsheet can be dropped from the desktop into another application that supports drag-and-drop. Office 98 also supports common Macintosh e-mail clients, such as Outlook Express, Exchange and Eudora Pro. And the interface and dialogue boxes are designed to be consistent with the appearance of other Macintosh applications.
If you're familiar with Office 97 for Windows, then you're sure to see some major similarities in the new Macintosh version. For example, this version includes Microsoft's Office Assistant, an animated character that offers context-sensitive tips and friendly advice for the novice user. Although it may be overkill for pros, Office Assistant is great for getting acquainted with all the new functions of this program, and it also offers tips even advanced users may not be aware of. If Office Assistant doesn't have the answers you're looking for, you can easily access the extensive help program or get help online.