OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO SYSTEM ADMINISTRATORS” Office 2000 was designed with corporate-wide adoption in mind. In fact, Microsoft calls Office 2000 the first version of Office that is truly an enterprise application. Office 2000 integrates with Microsoft NT, Internet Explorer, Microsoft SQL Server,
Microsoft Exchange Server, and development tools such as Visual Basic. It has been designed to improve communication, collaboration, and application development across networks in large and small organizations alike.
With the addition of the Microsoft Office Developer’s Edition, administrators have all the tools they need to effectively roll out Office throughout the enterprise.
The Developer’s Edition includes. Visual Basic for Applications source code control integration, a Package and Deploy Wizard for application distribution, tools to design and support dynamic Web content, and other features that assist with database connectivity.
GREATER EASE ADMINISTRATION:-
Besides ease of use, Microsoft made ease of administration a major Office 2000 objective. From its newly designed installation process to its self-repairing applications, Office 2000 is designed to reduce the cost of PC ownership by giving greater IT control over deployment,
Administration, and maintenance across the enterprise. One of the most obvious enhancements to Office 2000 is the flexible and control- label installation process, which includes an Install on Demand feature and a Network Installation Wizard.
Install on Demand means that you don’t have to be concerned if you don’t install all the right options the first time around. If there is a feature you need that isn’t installed, Office prompts you to install it on the fly.
REDUCED END USER SUPPORT REQUIREMENTS:-
When do your users most often call the help desk? Usually, it’s when a critical application won’t run. Office 2000 has the ability to repair itself when it develops a problem with a missing or corrupted file.
When an Office 2000 application boots, it automatically checks to make sure all the required files-including core executable, the registry, and key DLLs-are present and in good repair. If it discovers a problem, it fixes notifying the user there was a problem, to begin with.
When users do experience a problem with an application, they can make use of the Detect and Repair option that is part of the installation program.
Detect and Repair verifies all of the files that were installed and reinstalls any files that are inconsistent itself without even with the original install. In most cases, this should solve the problem without having to involve IT support directly.
EVER SINCE OFFICE 1995:-
Micro sort has been actively improving the online user assistance available in Office products, and Office 2000 takes this to new ground. Thanks to a customizable office assistant and increased use of interactive help, users can find many of the answers to their everyday questions without calling for support.
In an intranet, administrators can customize Help to give users instructions for completing company-specific forms or spreadsheets. Similarly, administrators can customize alerts and dialog boxes to direct users to company resources to help them solve problems and find the information they need.
Although users may have to be encouraged to make use of these online resources, more often help desk personnel will be able to rely on the old grade school adage, “Look it up yourself!”
THE OFFICE 2000 INTERFACE:-
Although Office 2000 looks and feels much like previous versions of Office, experienced users will immediately notice that only they open Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. In reality, the Standard and Formatting toolbars are both there.
They’ve just been displayed side by side to increase the display space for the document window. You’ll also be immediately introduced to the Office Assistant.
The default Office Assistant is a restyled Clip pit, but you can right-click on Clip pit and choose another assistant. The Office Assistant is there to answer all your Office 2000 questions and entertain you while you work. Later in this section.
You’ll learn how to tone down your assistant or even turn it off completely if you’d prefer. One row of toolbars are displayed when for now, let’s take a tour of the Office 2000 interface. If you’ve never worked in the Windows environment before, this will be a good introduction. If you’re an expert what’s
THE APPLICATION AND DOCUMENT WINDOWS:-
The Office 2000 applications share a common user interface. This means, for example, that once you get familiar with the application window in Excel.
Getting around in the application window in Word will be a piece of cake. Likewise, you’ll notice a lot of other similarities between the applications.