the top with a breathy video proclaiming that it will turn us all into Shakespeare.
The new version is a step change almost as big as the one that brought the world to your desktop with links to the web, because the extensive support
for XML turns Office into a potential front end for any database, online service or trading system.
That might not mean much to the average end user, but it is a major shift for developers of next-generation systems. There was, nevertheless, a
feeling at the launch that Microsoft may at last be reaching the limits of its dominance.