Microsoft reveals Office 2000 pricing

Microsoft has unveiled US pricing and promotions for its Office 2000 suite of desktop applications, now slated to ship in the second quarter. Office 2000 Premium Edition -- which will include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Publisher, Small Business Tools, FrontPage 2000, and PhotoDraw 2000 -- will be priced at $US399 for suite users who are upgrading and at $449 for new users. Office 2000 Professional Edition, which does not include FrontPage or PhotoDraw, will cost $309 for upgrades and $349 for new users.

Microsoft has unveiled pricing and promotions for its Office 2000 suite of desktop applications, now slated to ship in the second quarter.

Office 2000 Premium Edition -- which will include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Publisher, Small Business Tools, FrontPage 2000, and PhotoDraw 2000 -- will be priced at $US399 for suite users who are upgrading and at $449 for new users.

Office 2000 Professional Edition, which does not include FrontPage or PhotoDraw, will cost $309 for upgrades and $349 for new users. Both the Standard edition and the Small Business version will cost $209 for the upgrade and $249 for new users. Both of those editions do not include Access.

Microsoft is also offering a free upgrade to any users who buy Office 97 between now and the launch of Office 2000. An upgrade price of $100 will be charged to those wanting to upgrade to the Premium version, which did not exist in an Office 97 edition.

Microsoft Corp., in Redmond, Wash., can be reached at www.microsoft.com .

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