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Microsoft launches Chinese-language version of business software

May 12, 1997

BEIJING (AP) _ Microsoft Corp. today launched an updated Chinese-language version of the company’s business software, Office 97.

Chinese Office 97 offers users a wider range of business applications and includes the Chinese-language version of Microsoft’s latest programs, company officials said.

The release comes at a time when Microsoft is already facing copyright problems with the new product. Pirated copies of Office 97 have been selling in Hong Kong ahead of the official release.

Users of the software will be able to access Internet websites. Files can be exchanged between Chinese and English as well as other languages.

``We have invested three years to develop a suite that addresses the key requirements of the Chinese market place, including easy document exchange with people around the region,′ said Jia-bin Duh, president of Microsoft (China) Co.

Microsoft worked with a number of China’s banks and government organizations to test early versions of Office 97. The launch follows the introduction of the first Chinese-language version in 1994.

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