Information supplied by Tianwei Xie.

Njstar Word Processor 4.3: (can be used to convert created gb or big5 documents to unicode documents)
1. Use NJSTAR WP to open the gb/b5 text file.
2. Highlight all texts by selecting Edit, Select All.
3. Select MingLiu (for traditional character) or Ms Song/Ms Hei (for simplified characters). One needs to install MingLiu, MsSong or MsHei unicode fonts first.
4. Save the file as a rtf file
5. Use MS Word97 to open it.

Nj Communicator 2.1:
I have tested the feature of supporting direct unicode input into MSOffice97, and typed directly into Word97 using Microsoft free Far East unicode fonts successfully. The following is a step-by-step guide.
1. With NJ Communicator on, click on the keyboard icon to select Chinese input
2. Click on the second icon on the lower left corner ($D7O'$E6AE'$F1o or $EEc$EBAacrii)
3. Click on options
4. Check Input as unicode in Windows NT
5. Check Output Unicode as Rich Text Format and OK
6. Create your document and save it. The traditional characters saved will
be in MingLiu font and the simplified characters saved will be in MS Song font by default.

The second feature is NJStar ExpressMail which allows you to send Chinese, Japanese or Korean emails as GIF picture so that the receiver won't need a viewer to read your email in CJK language. Some colleagues may have already seen some of my postings in GIF.

The third feature is not released officially yet. Mr. Ni Hongbo has sent me a beta program whish allows one to input Pinyin with tones using the unicode fonts. The input is easy. Just type ren2 or re2n and the proper tone marker will be placed over 'e'. I am not sure when he will release the version with this Pinyin tones input feature.

Internet Explorer 5.0 has unicode Chinese fonts. These fonts can also work with Netscape 4.x. But one must configure the encoding setting. Click on Edit, Preferences..., Fonts, Select MingLiu (traditional) for both variable and fixed fonts, select MsSong (simplified) for both variable and fixed fonts. Do the sameting for unicode encoding. The browser will be able to display gb, big5 and unicode characters.

Input method: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 has a built-in Chinese IME (input method editor) with IE 5.0. This IME works with IE and Outlook only currently. When one uses IE and compse email messages in web email programs such as hotmai, this IME will be activated. Type pinyin continuously, the characters will be selected according to the context. When one sentence is finished, it will be underlined meaning that it is still in buffer. Any changes can be made at this moment. After proof-reading, continue to type and the sentnece is de-underlined. This input method is more advanced than previous methods.

TwinBridge: the homepage became TwinMart TwinBridge SmartEar, the so called "You Talk - It Types" Chinese Speech Recognition System. I have attended TwinBridge's session introducing the program. Judging by demo only, I have an impression that the correct recognition rate is very high. But it may depend on the style of the document. The TwinBridge people showed how it works by reading some sample texts from the newspaper. It recognized very well. I am not sure how well it works with the texts of other styles.