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Express Yourself to Microsoft -- Microsoft's new Macintosh Office development team (about 100 developers dedicated to working on the Macintosh version of Microsoft Office 97) has posted a set of survey questions on the Web, the answers to which they hope will help them make Office more Mac-like. The mainstays of Office, Excel and Word, are among the most important Macintosh applications - without them, the Mac would have little to no chance of being sold in quantities to large businesses. Thus, it's in all of our interests to encourage Microsoft to create more Mac-like applications, much as the MS Bay team is doing with the Mac version of Internet Explorer. [ACE]

<http://www.hinfo.com/ask97/mac/m1.htm>

New from Cupertino -- Last week, Apple formally rolled out the powerful Newton MessagePad 2000 and the sleek Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh, while also announcing availability of OpenDoc 1.2. Regarded by some as the first truly functional Newton-based device, the MessagePad 2000 is powered by a 160 MHz StrongARM processor, features reportedly excellent handwriting recognition, and operates vertically or horizontally. The Twentieth Anniversary Mac, on the other hand, seems like a device for prominent display in a gallery, and with its $7,500 price tag, buyers might choose to consider it modern art. On the software side, the new version of OpenDoc (4.3 MB download) fixes bugs dealing with international systems, increases stability in low-memory conditions, and supports Apple Guide 2.1, although some OpenDoc applications (like Nisus Writer 5.0) reportedly do not work correctly with OpenDoc 1.2. [JLC]

<http://www.twentiethanniversary.apple.com/>
<http://product.info.apple.com/productinfo/datasheets/pi/mp2000.html>
<http://www.opendoc.apple.com/users/getod.html>

Internet Explorer 3.0.1b1 -- Microsoft has released a beta of Internet Explorer 3.0.1; this release supports JavaScript, both 68K and PowerPC Macs, plus a new Download Manager, the ability to accept or decline HTTP cookies, and a search feature tied directly to Yahoo. Downloads vary from 2.6 MB to a stunning 9.5 MB for the full install. [GD]

<http://www.microsoft.com/ie/mac/default.htm>