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Microsoft Office 2000 800px-Microsoft Office 2000 logo.svg.png is a release of Microsoft Office, an office suite for Microsoft Windows family of operating systems. Released to manufacturing on March 29, 1999 and released on June 10, 1999, it is the successor to Microsoft Office 97 and the predecessor to Microsoft Office XP. It comes in five different editions – Standard, Small Business, Professional, Premium, and Developer – the most comprehensive of which is Office 2000 Developer.[1][2] A Mac OS equivalent, Microsoft Office 2001, was released on October 11, 2000.

Office 2000 is incompatible with Windows NT 3.51 and earlier versions of Windows, as it requires Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0 SP3 at the minimum.[1] It is not officially supported on Windows Vista and later versions.

Microsoft released three service packs for Office 2000 throughout its lifecycle. Mainstream support for Office 2000 ended on June 30, 2004, and extended support ended on July 14, 2009.

New features

Office 2000 included HTML document creation and publishing, Internet collaboration features such as integration with NetMeeting, COM add-in support, an updated version of the Office Assistant, improved compliance with the year 2000, and interface improvements including personalized menus and toolbars that omit infrequently used commands from view.

Description

Microsoft Office 2000 was designed as a fully 32-bit suite of software developed with Y2k bug in mind. All the Office 2000 applications support Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) which allows moving data automatically between various programs.

Office 2000 was the first version of Office to use Windows Installer technology. This allowed service packs to be slipstreamed into the original installation files. The first update was called Service Release 1 (SR-1). Subsequent updates were called service packs. Service Pack 3, which was released on November 20, 2002 was the last service pack.

All retail editions of Office 2000 sold in Australia, Brazil, China, France, and New Zealand and academic copies sold in Canada and the United States required the user to activate the product via the Internet. In the United States, after the release of SR-1, this requirement was extended to all copies that included it. Product activation is however disabled in Office 2000 after April 15, 2003.

Microsoft Office 2000 had easter eggs, most of which was removed from SR-1. For example, Microsoft Excel contained a hidden game called Dev Hunter; Microsoft Access had a hidden 8 ball toy; and Microsoft Word had team development credits.

Mainstream support for Office 2000 ended on June 30, 2004, and extended support ended on July 14, 2009. It was the last version of Microsoft Office to support Windows 95.

Editions

Five different editions of Office 2000 were available:

Office programs Standard Small Business Professional Premium Developer
Word 2000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Excel 2000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Outlook 2000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PowerPoint 2000 Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Publisher 2000 No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Small Business Tools No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Access 2000 No No Yes Yes Yes
FrontPage 2000 No No No Yes Yes
PhotoDraw 2000 No No No Yes Yes
Developer Tools and SDK No No No No Yes
Visio 2000 No No No No No
Project 2000 No No No No No
MapPoint 2000 No No No No No
Vizact 2000 No No No No No


Microsoft Office 2000 Personal was an additional SKU, solely designed for the Japanese market, that included Word 2000, Excel 2000 and Outlook 2000. This compilation would later become widespread as Microsoft Office 2003 Basic.

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