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Microsoft, Amazon join hands to provide easy online shopping
( 2003-10-08 16:18) (Xinhua)

Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com Inc. announced Tuesday a joint development project to provide users with access to Amazon.com products and data while working in Microsoft productivity applications.

The solution, called Amazon.com Research Services for Microsoft Office System, will be available for download in the Office Marketplace at no additional charge later this fall, Microsoft said.

The new service will provide Microsoft Office System users with convenient and seamless access to Amazon.com from within Microsoft productivity applications via the Research Task Pane.

With the new service, users will be able to access Amazon.com information and make purchases without launching a browser or leaving their document, e-mail message or presentation, Microsoft said.

The company said that for example, a customer reading a bibliography in a Word document could easily click on a book title and purchase it from within the Research Task Pane without having to leave the Word document. Alternatively, a user will be able to add a footnote, bibliography entry and even cover art for books without needing to manually enter the information into a document.

The Research Task Pane, a feature in the Microsoft productivity applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, Publisher and Visio, enables users to retrieve and navigate relevant internal or external Web-based information, all from within Office programs.

"Microsoft and Amazon.com are transforming the desktop into a dynamic interface for Office customers everywhere," said Gytis Barzdukas, director of Office Product Management at Microsoft.

Jeff Barr, Web services technical program manager at Amazon.com, said, "We are excited to help make this new service available to our customers ... This Microsoft Office System solution adds significant convenience for our Microsoft users and Amazon.com customers in finding and discovering products."

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