Microsoft Office applications are a big part of most manufacturing company's product development process. For example, Microsoft Word is used to create product specifications, Microsoft Excel for product-related financial spreadsheets, and Microsoft PowerPoint for product briefings. Microsoft Outlook is used for emails containing vital product and project information. The Aras Office Connector provides a convenient way to manage Microsoft Office documents in Aras, directly from the user interface of the Office applications. The connector helps to standardize company documentation procedures by providing easy access to document templates, controlling numbering and naming of files, and automating creation of viewable files like PDF.