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    In what is becoming an increasingly common mistake, the retail prices for Microsoft's upcoming Office 2003 products were inadvertently leaked Wednesday by online retailer Amazon.com. Microsoft Office 2003 Aproximately will retail for $135.99-US to $485.99-US and become available on October 24. Individual Office 2003 applications will retail for $99.99-US to $472.99-US and will become available on the same date.

    Based on an examination of the prices for similar Office XP products, Microsoft is raising prices somewhat, a curious move in the face of rejuvenated competition and interest in rival office productivity suites from Corel, Sun Microsystems, and OpenOffice.org. For example, Office 2003 Professional Edition now costs $485.99-US, up from the $488.99-US price for Office XP Professional Edition.

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    Can some edit the topic to read
    -->"Office 2003 Prices, Release Date Revealed"<---

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  • #2
    Remember, leaked prices can also be done by MS's marketing. Apple surely did it the day before the G5 was officially announced.

    $486 for an office suite...that alone will force me to use Open Office or some other product. Granted I can buy Office for $10 at school but that's not the point
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    • #3
      I'll be getting the standard edition on ebay for cheaper...

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      • #4
        I would like to say that $485.99 is actually less than $488.99 or are the numbers incorrect above?

        Otherwise, they inverted the math system while I was away. Anyway, I will be upgrading to Open Office 1.1 tonight since Microsoft doesn't make Office for my OS.
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        • #5
          You can buy Office XP Standard "student" edition at places like Wal-Mart for about $130.00... save about $300.00. See http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...%3A3954%3A4447

          Let's look at some prices to other popular programs so we can compare other software that are leaders in their market.

          Adobe Photoshop - $750
          Adobe Acrobat - $350
          Adobe Pagemaker - $700
          Macromedia Flash - $550

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          • #6
            Originally posted by hankster
            Let's look at some prices to other popular programs so we can compare other software that are leaders in their market.

            Adobe Photoshop - $750
            Adobe Acrobat - $350
            Adobe Pagemaker - $700
            Macromedia Flash - $550
            And? I think you should be comparing prices in the same market. OpenOffice, Star Office, etc. If MS ever wants to actually sell more copies of Office than is pirated, they should really be going the other way with the prices.
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            • #7
              It may be pirated in the home but the corporations really couldn't afford that. They have a different licensing scheme. Last major company I worked for paid Microsoft $4 million a year for the software and that was for unlimited seats, including home use by employees for all Microsoft software.

              Compared to the companies license for Oracle ($16 Million/Year for two machines albeit IBM RS-6000 S-class with 64 processors each) Microsoft's prices were nothing.
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              • #8
                I've been trying the Beta out at work. It's pretty good I guess. But I don't use Office much (except for Outlook), so haven't tried out all there is to see. I like the little Notification dialog when you get a new Email, althought it's not that great if I receive some porn spam and my boss is looking over my shoulder.

                Although when I tried it MS' CRM package for Outlook was a Joke, its marketing material however was excellent, but using it just didn't seem like Outlook anymore.
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                • #9
                  It is a shame to see microsoft going this way.

                  Though, i also just use the academic versions, hopefully some sort of academic version will be available for this office. Ive been using it since B2 shipped, and though its only improvements, i have to say ONENOTE ROCKS!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Chris Stewart
                    And? I think you should be comparing prices in the same market. OpenOffice, Star Office, etc. If MS ever wants to actually sell more copies of Office than is pirated, they should really be going the other way with the prices.

                    Why? Each one of these products have the lions share of their market. Each one has lower cost and free alternitives and each one still charges an outlandish price. These are all prime examples that it is not only MS that charges high prices even though there are other options available.

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                    • #11
                      I SUGGEST openoffice.org its not a big download and its free. It works just as good as office and it can convert documents from office to there version. Its a wonderful piece of software!

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                      • #12
                        Wasn't really a thread asking about suggestions on software or alternatives to Microsoft. It was a thread about the leaking of prices by retailers before they are allowed to do so.
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