Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Microsoft will sell an Ultimate Office

Microsoft has used this year's WinHEC event to announce plans to introduce an "Ultimate" edition of the forthcoming Office 2007. The announcement means that Office will be following Windows Vista's footsteps in offering an all-in-one option for a few more dollars.

The Ultimate edition will include Access, Excel, Groove, InfoPath, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word. The Ultimate edition is basically the same as the old Enterprise edition of Office except that it will be offered to all customers, both corporate and consumer.

Microsoft says it has introduced the new version due to feedback received from customers.In comparison, the Professional edition loses Groove, InfoPath, and OneNote, and the Small Business edition lacks Access on top of those. Office Standard 2007 will continue to have Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word. Finally, Student and Teacher editions of Office will now be called Home and Student, and will include OneNote instead of Outlook.

Pricing starts at US$679 for Ultimate, $499 for Professional, $449 for Small Business, $399 for Standard, and $149 for the Home and Student editions.

Read more at BetaNews.

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