Microsoft and Alacritude have announced that Alacritude's eLibrary proprietary article database has been integrated into the Microsoft Office 2003 Editions. Users can find information for business, personal, or educational research projects such as quotations, articles, or general information.
Instead of switching to a Web browser, Microsoft Office 2003 Editions users can "Alt-click" on a word within Office programs and results from eLibrary (which include articles from newspapers, magazines, journals, transcripts, and great books) appear within a "Research Task Pane" in the Office document. The feature is also accessible by selecting a word and choosing "Research" from the "Tools" pull-down menu.
Relevant information from eLibrary can be directly entered into the users' documents. The function works with Word 2003, as well as Microsoft Office Excel 2003, Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003, Microsoft Office Visio 2003, Microsoft Office OneNote 2003, Microsoft Office Publisher 2003, and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
While searching and retrieving article abstracts is free to all users, Alacritude is offering the subscription portion (access to full-text documents and proprietary tools) of eLibrary to Microsoft Office 2003 Editions users at a 25 percent discount through January 31, 2004.