Microsoft Corporation on Monday officially launched its upcoming office productivity suite, Office 2000, which will become available to consumers later this week. Office 2000 combines the award-winning features from previous versions with "Web work and lifestyles," which let Office integrate seamlessly with the World Wide Web. In Office 2000, HTML has become a native file format, and Office applications can convert documents back and forth between HTML and previous document types without any loss in functionality.

"Office 2000 unleashes the power of the Web work style, the most efficient way to work with business information and collaborate with others," said Microsoft president Steve Ballmer at the launch event in San Francisco. "The new Office Web-collaboration services announced today will allow users in both large and small businesses to benefit from the Web work style, regardless of their Web server infrastructure."

Additionally, Office introduces a number of new features that will later make their way in Windows, such as personalized menus and a self-repairing capability that allows Office to automatically repair or replace missing or corrupt files.

Office 2000, which will become available June 10th, comes in a number of versions, including Standard, Professional, Premium, Small Business, and Developer Editions. For more information, please visit the Office Web site.

I will be providing a gigantic review of Office 2000 Premium Edition later this week on the SuperSite for Windows 2000