Let's face it. If you're in crowded quarters, like on an airplane or a bus, it's hard to open a laptop and get at the keyboard. That's why you're going to love the flexibility you have when you combine Microsoft Office 2003 with a Tablet PC. The new inking capabilities make computing as easy and convenient as writing in a notebook.
Take a look at just a few of the things you can accomplish. You can send handwritten e-mail messages using Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 or create handwritten documents in Microsoft Office Word 2003. Your messages and documents can even include sketches. When you're asked for comments, you can write or sketch your suggestions on top of the original Word document or Microsoft Office Visio 2003 drawing. In a Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 presentation, you can write comments or questions right on your slides. With Office 2003 and a Tablet PC, you'll never have to worry about elbowing your seatmate again.
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|Word 2003 is open, showing the Ink Drawing and Writing toolbar with the blue pen selected. The pointer writes "Use ink in Office 2003." on the page.
||I'm stuck on a bus in morning rush hour traffic. How can I use this time to get some work done?
|Word disappears, and Outlook 2003 appears, showing an e-mail message addressed to Andrew Fuller with a subject of "department reorg." After clicking the Pen button on the E-mail toolbar, the pointer writes "Hi Andrew." The rest of the handwritten and sketched e-mail message appears. It says "I have some ideas about titles and responsibilities. Let's talk." The sketch is a little organization chart with a Senior VP at the top and then three subordinate positions for Dir of Mktg, VP Sales, and Bus Dev. The pointer moves to the Send button.
||I came prepared. I start up my Tablet PC loaded with Office 2003 and pick up my tablet pen. First, I take care of some e-mail. In the message to Andrew, I sketch some ideas I have about how our department should be restructured. When I'm finished, I hit Send so the message will be delivered as soon as I log on at work.
|Outlook disappears. Word appears, showing an Employee Handbook document open at a section entitled Security, Safety, and Health. The pointer clicks the Insert Ink Annotations button on the Standard toolbar. The Ink Annotations toolbar opens. The pointer makes comments on the text in red ink. It indicates that the word "primary" should be deleted. It writes "too vague" and "Not." Then the pointer moves to the Ink Annotations toolbar and clicks the Eraser button. It moves down and erases "Not." The pointer moves to the Ink Annotations toolbar and clicks Stop Erasing. Then it moves to the Save button on the Standard toolbar.
||Then, I review a section in the Employee Handbook for a colleague in Human Resources. I write my comments in red ink right on the document. When I start a comment I realize I don't need to make, I just erase the text. My annotations become part of the document, so my colleague can go over them later.
|Word disappears, and Visio 2003 appears. A brainstorming diagram about marketing strategy for a new product is on the drawing page. On the Tools menu, the pointer clicks Track Markup. The Reviewing task pane opens on the right. A transparent reviewing layer with a red border appears over the diagram. The pointer clicks the Ink tool on the Standard toolbar, and the Ink toolbar opens. The pointer sketches a new shape onto the reviewing layer and draws a connecting line between that shape and the main theme shape. The pointer moves to the Save button on the Standard toolbar.
||Next, I take a look at a Visio brainstorming diagram that my team created at a recent marketing strategy meeting. When I start inking my comments, a transparent layer with a colored border appears on top of the diagram. My comments are added to that layer, not to the diagram, so the original remains intact.
|Visio disappears, and PowerPoint 2003 appears. A slide presentation about marketing strategy is open to a slide labeled Competition. The Ink Annotations toolbar is open. The pointer points to the arrow beside the Pen tool on that toolbar, and then chooses the Accent 2 Color Felt Tip Pen. The pointer sketches a bullet and then writes the text "position each." The rest of the bullet text and a sketch of a chart positioning the new product against its competitors appears. The pointer moves to a thumbnail of the slide on the left to point out how ink writing and sketching show up in the thumbnail. The pointer moves to the Save button on the Standard toolbar.
||When I get to work, I go directly to a meeting where my team helps me edit a PowerPoint presentation. As people toss out ideas, I capture them right on the slides. My ink comments show up on the thumbnails too, so when I go back to create the final version of the presentation, I can easily find the slides I need to revise.
|PowerPoint disappears, and the Word document from the beginning of the video appears again with the blue text "Use ink in Office 2003." on the page. On the Ink Drawing and Writing toolbar, the red pen is selected. The pointer writes "Think in ink today." and then underlines "today." Word disappears. The animated text Experience Your Own Great Moments appears. Under it appears the static text For more information followed by a URL: http://www.microsoft.com/office.
||You've just seen how convenient and powerful ink can be. Now it's time to get Office 2003 for your Tablet PC, so you can start thinking in ink today.
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