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Microsoft's New Software Suite Makes Computing Sweet Indeed.

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This story appears in the March 1997 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

After spending some time with Office 97, I'm convinced Microsoft finally has us where they want us. What I mean is, with Office 97, they've left us very few reasons to ever leave the Microsoft-controlled environment. Why? Because that environment--complete with a surprisingly unobtrusive cartoon character called the "Answer Wizard"--is about as pleasant and functional as a software program can be.

Microsoft has added a new configuration to the Office 97 family--the Small Business Edition. Considering how fast small businesses, and particularly the homebased segment--are growing, it's no big surprise that Microsoft is targeting small-business users with its most popular software program. What is somewhat surprising, however, is how Microsoft adapted Office 97 to appeal to small-business users.

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