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MS fixes 300-plus bugs with Office 2000 updateMicrosoft has shipped the first major update to Office 2000 since the suite shipped last year.

The company has announced Office 2000 Service Release 1 (SR-1) at its Office Deployment and Development Conference in Phoenix. The new software fixes some 328 official bugs in the suite, ranging from memory errors in Microsoft Access forms and Excel spreadsheets to glitches with Windows 2000.

Office 2000 owners can download SR-1 at the Microsoft Web site, It can also be ordered on CD-ROM.

Novell faces up to Windows 2000, Linux

The NetWare faithful will gather in Salt Lake City for a critical Brainshare user conference. Novell needs to prove its core Novell Directory Services (NDS) technology can coexist with Microsoft's Active Directory and that Novell can offer services on top of NDS that guarantee future growth.

In February, the company formulated this growth strategy by repositioning itself as a provider of "Net Services" platform-independent, directory-enabled offerings for Internet, intranet and extranet environments.

MS looks to right itself with Pocket PC launch Microsoft announced it will launch its revamped Pocket PC at New York City's Grand Central Station on April 19. The launch will mark the third attempt by the software giant to perfect its troubled Windows CE operating system.

During the announcement at Microsoft headquarters, in Washington, Phil Holden, the group product manager for Windows CE, admitted that Microsoft is currently trailing Palm for market share in the handheld computing arena.

Holden said that the re-launch of the Pocket PC, which will be manufactured by companies such as Casio, Compaq, and Hewlett-Packard, is an opportunity for Microsoft to re-establish itself in the handheld market.

New features to look for in upcoming versions of the Pocket PC will include an e-book reader, an MP3 music player, video capabilities, and an application Holden called a "transcriber", which identifies a user's handwriting when etched into the unit, converting it to text.

CA ships Unicenter

TND beta

Computer Associates is shipping Unicenter TND, which stands for "the Next Dimension," to beta testers. Unicenter TND is the new version of the company's corporate systems and network management platform and undoubtedly will be a key part of the CA World user conference, which starts April 8 in New Orleans.

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