Microsoft announces Office 2003 pricing, XP price cuts

Microsoft announces Office 2003 pricing, XP price cuts

To coincide with the announcement of new pricing for Office 2003, Microsoft has reduced the retail prices for Office XP and standalone applications.

The software vendor has cut around 30 per cent off its retail XP Standard and Professional boxes, and around 38 per cent on standalone Office 2002 applications.

The retail price of XP Professional was cut from $1288 to $899, while XP Standard dropped to $699 from $1072. Reductions were also made on the 2002 retail versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access, which have dropped from $694 to $427 per application.

Microsoft has been making global price drops on Office XP “over the past couple of months”, and was now rolling it out in Australia, said Office product manager Tony Wilkinson. “The main reason we delayed it was to synch with the overall adjustments to the Australian dollar.”

While Microsoft will not be advertising the price drops, Wilkinson said the vendor will be undertaking channel partner activities around the launch of the new versions, which will be available to retailers on October 22.

Under the new pricing announced yesterday, Office Professional will retail for $899 (upgrade $599), the Small Business edition will be priced at $799 (upgrade $524) and the Standard edition will cost $699 (upgrade $449).

Office’s core applications Word, Access, Excel and PowerPoint, will be individually priced at $427 (upgrade $189).

The Office SharePoint Portal Server is priced at $10,382 for a server and five CALs (client access licences), while the Office Project Server is priced at $2757. Pricing was not available for the Office Live Communications Server.

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