Breaking Down The Walls Between Programs

On Oct. 19, Microsoft Senior Vice-President Frank M. "Pete" Higgins is going to try to make software disappear. It's not a new magic act but a new philosophy in software. Microsoft Corp. plans to revamp its entire applications-program line with a new version of Microsoft Office, a software "suite" that includes a word processor, spreadsheet, electronic mail, and data-base packages--all for one low price. The separate programs, to be released over the next 12 months, are designed to work so well together that the individual packages will simply fade away. "We're moving toward a world in which the applications are pretty much invisible," says Higgins.

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