Microsoft Reveals New Longhorn, Office 12 Features

MINNEAPOLIS—Longhorn Beta 1 is still a few weeks away from release. And Office 12 Beta 1 isn’t slated to debut until this fall. But that isn’t stopping Microsoft from peeling back the covers on some of the new features slated for the pair of products due to ship in the latter half of 2006.

Here at the annual worldwide partner conference on Friday, Microsoft showed off a new Longhorn feature, called Meeting Space, and what seems to be the InfoPath Forms Server expected to be part of the Office 12 family.

Microsoft Windows client executives put through its paces a recent pre-beta build of Longhorn, number 5086.

Microsoft distributed build 5086 to selected Technology Adoption Program partners last week, according to sources.

While Windows officials did not discuss what has changed between the alpha build Microsoft released this spring at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (Build 5048) and 5086, they did demonstrate a feature known as "Meeting Space" that officials are touting as one of the major new Longhorn components.

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