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Chapter 30. Office XP with FrontPage: Wh... > The Most Complete Integration Yet

The Most Complete Integration Yet

Ever since Microsoft acquired FrontPage and declared it one of the Microsoft Office family of applications, Microsoft has been attempting to integrate it into Office as a whole. The goal is to have Office become a rich and complex authoring tool, and to have FrontPage operate to some degree as an authoring tool but primarily as a Web administration and publishing package.

The integration began in earnest with Office 97 and FrontPage 97/98, but the integration there consisted largely of the built-in capability in the primary Office applications to save their files in HTML format. With Office 2000, the applications began to use HTML as a native file format, and a great many new features appeared in the individual applications to let authors work closely with HTML. FrontPage 2000 imported all Office documents smoothly, and the program integrated well with Excel. The Database Results Wizard allowed the easy querying of Access databases, PowerPoint documents functioned much better as Web-based presentations complete with working hyperlinks, and Outlook provided the capability of sharing message folders and user calendars. Web authors began to see Office as one large Web creation tool, but FrontPage remained the authoring and managing environment of choice.


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