Microsoft slashes cost of SME accounting package


Microsoft slashes cost of SME accounting package

Antony Savvas

Microsoft is offering a price cut on its small business accounting package to boost sales of the product.

Microsoft is offering a £60 discount and a year’s free unlimited support to buyers of its Small Business Accounting 2006 software.

With the discount, the software has already been priced in the channel for as little as £30.

The package was only introduced in autumn last year, but Microsoft insists the pricing move is not a response to weak sales against rival products such as Intuit’s QuickBooks and Peachtree’s accounting tools.

Microsoft maintains that the price cut is designed to gradually grow sales. Industry estimates say Microsoft’s offering currently only has around 1% of the small business accountancy software market.

The price cut is available until the end of April.

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