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Office 12 Word
With the next version of Office--currently dubbed Office 12--Microsoft plans to change the user interface to better fit the task a person is performing. The new look will apply to Word (shown here), PowerPoint, Excel, Access and parts of Outlook.
Office 12 PowerPoint
In the Office 12 version of PowerPoint, Microsoft is promising that users will see contextual tabs that present specialized features as needed.
Office 12 Excel
Excel screen shot. The first test version of Office 12 is due in fall 2005, and the finished product in the second half of 2006.