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New Technology with XP - Smart Tags

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Aug 7, 2001


Christopher Rice

    If you haven't noticed, I have been writing a lot about Office XP lately.  This is because it has come to my attention that there are a lot of new functions and features that have been added that deserve attention.

c If you haven't noticed, I have been writing a lot about Office XP lately. This is because it has come to my attention that there are a lot of new functions and features that have been added that deserve attention. Also, if you have run into frustrations when using older versions of Excel or Word and attempting to do special formatting or maneuver through tables, you've probably seen that there are some things you just haven't been able to do, no matter how hard you try. Well, a lot of that has been dealt with in the XP release. Try and get your hands on a copy of this new technology and see what it is all about.

    Also, if you have run into frustrations when using older versions of Excel or Word and attempting to do special formatting or maneuver through tables, you've probably seen that there are some things you just haven't been able to do, no matter how hard you try.  Well, a lot of that has been dealt with in the XP release.  Try and get your hands on a copy of this new technology and see what it is all about.

    This is not just Office 2000 with a fancy new name -- it is a new and improved product that will meet your needs (at least it has met mine so far and will probably meet yours as well...)

    One of the most talked about new features in Office XP is the "Smart Tags" technology.

    The Smart Tag API (Application Programming Interface) in Office XP is a new technology that provides dynamic recognition of text in Word, Excel, and Outlook. and then provides relevant user-actions based on the recognized text. Office XP provides an API for building custom Smart Tags that can help provide context across business applications and Office. Ultimately, Smart Tags enable an improvement in not only Microsoft Office productivity specifically, but also overall productivity across all business applications.

    These are new links between our programs -- the ability to manipulate one or more from the same place, constantly, regardless of which program you are in.

    As Office XP gets out into the field more, I guarantee that you will hear an awful lot about this.  If you are really interested in delving into the technology, you can download a 40 MB doc from the following location:

    http://www.microsoft.com/directaccess/partnerguide/officexp/salesmarket/glance_smarttags.asp

    If you have any questions or comments about this technology, drop me a line.

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