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Price Changes Give Australian Customers More Value

28 August, 2003 | Archived Post
Price Changes Give Australian Customers More ValueMicrosoft Australia reduces retail prices for Office XP and stand-alone applications and announces pricing for the products in the Microsoft Office System

SYDNEY, Australia, Thursday, August 28, 2003 --
Microsoft Australia today announced price changes to several products in the Microsoft® Office XP family and released pricing for the products in the Microsoft Office System. The Office XP price changes follow similar price reductions announced in other countries and will be effective from September 1.  In addition, due to the continued strength of the Australian dollar, all current Microsoft products will be reduced from that date.

More Choices for Price-Sensitive Retail Customers
Microsoft Australia is reducing the recommended retail price for Full Package Product (FPP) of Microsoft Office XP Standard from $1072 to $699 and Microsoft Office XP Professional from $1288 to $899, purchased through retail outlets.  This will result in a net saving of approximately 30 per cent.  In addition, the recommended retail price of FPP Word 2002, Excel 2002, PowerPoint® 2002 and Access 2002 will fall to $427 from $694 per application, a saving of approximately 38 per cent.  As a result, retail customers will save between $267 and $390 (inclusive of GST) on the estimated retail price, depending on the product purchased (reseller pricing will vary).*

Microsoft Office System Pricing
Below are the Australian recommended prices for the 2003 release of products, servers and solutions in the Microsoft Office System.  Retail availability in Australia is October 22 but a technology guarantee is effective from September 1.  The technology guarantee will enable retail customers that buy Office XP after that date to get an upgrade to the equivalent Office 2003 version for shipping and handling costs.
In addition to the retail options, Microsoft customers can purchase Microsoft Office System products through Microsoft volume licensing programs (for as few as five desktops) and with the purchase of a new computer (OEM).  The products in the Microsoft Office System will be added to the volume price list on September 1.

All prices below are in Australian dollars and inclusive of GST.

Edition
Microsoft Office Professional Enterprise Edition 2003 -    Available through volume licensing only - price not quoted
Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003 -    $899.00 (RRP);  $599.00 (Upgrade Price)
Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2003 -     $799.00 (RRP);  $524.00 (Upgrade Price)
Microsoft Office Standard Edition 2003 -     $699.00 (RRP);  $449.00 (Upgrade Price)
Microsoft Office Student and Teacher Edition 2003 -    $299.00 (RRP);  No upgrade edition

Core/Category Applications    
Microsoft Office Access 2003 -      $427.00 (RRP);   $189.00 (Upgrade Price)
Microsoft Office Excel 2003 -      $427.00 (RRP);   $189.00 (Upgrade Price)
Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 -     $427.00 (RRP);   $189.00 (Upgrade Price)
Microsoft Office Word 2003 -      $427.00 (RRP);   $189.00 (Upgrade Price)
Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 -      $189.00 (RRP);   No upgrade edition
Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 -      $369.00 (RRP);   No upgrade edition
Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 -      $369.00 (RRP);   No upgrade edition
Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 -      $369.00 (RRP);   $189.00 (Upgrade Price)
Microsoft Office Publisher 2003 -      $299.00 (RRP);   $183.00 (Upgrade Price)
Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2003 -     $926.00 (RRP);   $464.00 (Upgrade Price)
Microsoft Office Visio Standard 2003 -     $371.00 (RRP);   $187.00 (Upgrade Price)
Microsoft Office Project Professional 2003 -     $1,841.00 (RRP);   $1,094.00 (Upgrade Price)
Microsoft Office Project Standard 2003 -     $1,102.00 (RRP);   $633.00 (Upgrade Price)

Academic Editions   
Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003 -     $349.00 (RRP);   No upgrade edition
Microsoft Office Student and Teacher Edition 2003 -     $299.00 (RRP);   No upgrade edition
Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 -     $168.00 (RRP);    No upgrade edition
Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 -     $165.00 (RRP);   No upgrade edition
Microsoft Office Publisher 2003 -     $165.00 (RRP);   No upgrade edition
Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 -     $85.00 (RRP);   No upgrade edition

Servers   
Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 -     $10,382.00: Server + 5 CALs (RRP) 
Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2003 -     Price not available at the moment;  No upgrade edition
Microsoft Office Project Server 2003 -     $2,757.00 (RRP);   No upgrade edition

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* Office XP Professional and Standard retail upgrade licenses; Outlook® 2002, Office XP Academic Editions, and Office XP Developer are not included in the Office XP price reduction, but are reduced as a result of the continued strength of the Australian dollar.
Microsoft, PowerPoint, FrontPage, InfoPath, OneNote, Visio and Outlook are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.   The names of actual products and services mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, press only:
Karen Masters or Graham White
Howorth Communications
(02) 9904 2618
Email howorth@howorth.com.au

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