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October 13, 2003 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Amazon Partners with Microsoft Office

Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com, Inc. have announced a joint development project that will offer desktop integration of their services. The project leverages Amazon Web Services and the Extensible Markup Language (XML) capabilities of Microsoft Office System programs to provide users with access to Amazon.com products and data via the Research Task Pane in Microsoft productivity applications. The solution, called Amazon.com Research Services for Microsoft Office System, will be available for download in the Office Marketplace (http://www.office.microsoft.com/marketplace/) at no additional charge later this fall.

Users will be able to access Amazon.com information and make purchases without launching a browser or leaving their document, e-mail message, or presentation. For example, a customer reading a bibliography in a Word document could easily click on a book title and purchase it from within the Research Task Pane without having to leave the Word document. Alternatively, a user will be able to add a footnote, bibliography entry, and even cover art for books without needing to manually enter the information into a document.

The Research Task Pane, a feature in the Microsoft Office 2003 Edition desktop applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Access) and in Microsoft Office System products (OneNote note-taking program, Publisher, and Visio drawing and diagramming software), uses industry-standard XML to enable users to retrieve and navigate relevant internal or external Web-based information, all from within Office programs.

Source: Microsoft Corp.



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