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The millennial version of Microsoft's blockbuster business suite is arriving. Is Office 2000 for you?

Sometimes, when I'm feeling uncharacteristically sensitive, I manage a tiny empathetic shudder for Microsoft. The company is getting pummeled every which way. At the top, it's taking a shellacking from the Justice Department, which has effectively painted it as the slickest monopoly since Standard Oil. At the bottom, the hacker underground is attacking it with viruses like Melissa and Happy99.exe. And at Microsoft's very core, its next-generation operating system, Windows 2000, is MIA. The long-promised Windows overhaul, due months ago, might not even reach consumers by the millennium. The company has apparently just discovered that home users are a huge market;...

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