Targeting the small office/home office (SOHO) market, Microsoft has combined six software applications into its new Microsoft Works Suite 99 to offer a more diverse and affordable package.
Finally recognising a product and pricing gap that was opening between SOHO and family markets, Microsoft has designed the package to meet the needs of an average family by addressing both children's and adults' PC software requirements.
Furthermore, with the pricing of packages such as Office aimed at the business environment, Microsoft has priced its new package to fit the budget of an average family.
"Consumers are now looking for good value, both with their hardware and software," said Melinda Dunn, product marketing manager of Microsoft's interactive media group.
"Everyone is talking about sub-$2000 PCs" that require cheaper software for the home market, she added.
At an RRP of $189, Microsoft Works Suite 99 is a reasonable bet for a value-conscious family of PC owners. It features Microsoft Works 4.5, Microsoft Word 97, Microsoft Encarta World Atlas 99, Microsoft Money 99, Microsoft Graphic Studio Greetings 99 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0.
"With Works Suite 99, family users can walk out of the store with all the key software applications they need for a great price," Dunn said.
Microsoft Works Suite 99 is available now.