Microsoft Corp. unveiled a preview of updates that will be added to Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 as part of the Office 2003 service pack scheduled for release in June. In addition to the improvements Microsoft is delivering to make InfoPath 2003 more secure and reliable, the service pack also will contain feature enhancements. By downloading the InfoPath 2003 Service Pack 1 Preview, form designers can begin incorporating the forthcoming enhancements into their InfoPath 2003 solutions. The preview is 100 percent compatible with InfoPath 2003, so existing solutions will function as they have in the past. Among the additional capabilities are increased support for digital signatures, enhanced document recovery, data submission and filtering controls, technical updates, additional handwriting support for Tablet PC users, improved ability to handle InfoPath attachments in e-mail, enhancements to the programming environment for developers, richer page layout controls for working with printed forms, easier integration into existing business process and workflows, additional tools for developers using managed code, and extensibility and enhanced support for handling XML schemas. A U.S. English version of the InfoPath 2003 Service Pack 1 Preview free and also the Visual Studio toolkit for InfoPath canbe downloaded starting today. Microsoft Office System Service Pack 1 will be distributed in late June. InfoPath 2003 is available as part of Microsoft Office Professional 2003 Enterprise Edition or in stand-alone versions for an estimated retail price of $199. www.microsoft.com/office

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