Microsoft Office 2000 is a release of Microsoft Office that succeeded Microsoft Office 97 and was designed as a fully 32-bit and Y2K compliant version to match Windows 2000 features. All the Office 2000 applications have OLE 2 capacity, which allows moving data automatically between various programs. Microsoft Office XP is a successor of Office 2000. The most comprehensive Office 2000 suite is Office 2000 Developer. Office 2000 RTM is the last Microsoft Office edition which does not include Product Activation, although SR-1 updated editions of Office 2000 had product activation in copies sold in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United States except their volume license editions. They required the user to activate the product via the Internet.
Mainstream support for Office 2000 ended on June 30, 2004, and extended support ended on July 14, 2009.
The application version descriptors were changed from Microsoft's previous version numbering scheme to highlight their Y2K compliance. The previous applications had numbers 97/98; 2000 was chosen for all the new versions. Word 97, Excel 97, PowerPoint 97, Outlook 98, Access 97, Publisher 98 and FrontPage 98 were the predecessors to Office 2000's applications. PhotoDraw's predecessor was Picture It!.
Microsoft Office 2000 Personal was a SKU solely designed for the Japanese market, including Word 2000, Excel 2000 and Outlook 2000. This compilation would later become widespread as Microsoft Office 2003 Basic.