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Microsoft Office XP is an office suite by Microsoft for Windows, released to manufacturing on March 5, 2001 and released to the public on May 31, 2001. It is the successor to predecessor to Microsoft Office 2003 and the successor to to Microsoft Office 2000. It can run on Windows NT 4.0, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows ME, and Windows XP.

New features

  • Safe Mode: This feature allows applications like Microsoft Outlook to start despite being in an unsafe and unstable state and might otherwise crash. Safe Mode enables Office to detect and either repair or bypass the source of the problem, such as a corrupted Registry or a misbehaving add-in.
  • Smart tag: One of the new technologies introduced in this version, smart tags operate based on user activity, such as help with typing errors. These are not programmable because they are not supplied with the products.
  • Product Activation: Office XP introduced product activation technology to prevent software piracy
  • Speech and handwriting recognition
  • Text Services Framework support: Word supports the Text Services Framework making it possible for services implemented using TSF to be used in Word, such as Office's speech recognition and tablet PC ink support
  • Clipboard functionality has been greatly improved. The clipboard can store up to 24 items and is located in the task pane. The Clipboard task pane also displays a thumbnail view of a copied item, whether it consists of text, numbers, a graphic or an image.
  • Introduction of task panes.
  • Flatter, more streamlined Windows XP-style look

Removed features

  • Several add-ins for Excel are made redundant due to their integration
  • The .DBF files for Samples.xls and two Japanese template are removed in Excel 2002.
  • Microsoft Query removed
  • Custom Soundtracks add-in no longer supported; Routing Recipient option on the Send To menu removed
  • Microsoft Binder discontinued - replaced by Microsoft Unbind, which can extract the documents in a Binder file
  • Small Business Custom Manager removed
  • Microsoft Map for Excel removed
  • Number of features were removed in Outlook

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