Microsoft releases price details of new Office suite

Microsoft has announced new prices and new versions of its forthcoming Office 2007 collaboration suite. The company said the new software would cost around the same as existing platforms.

Microsoft has announced new prices and new versions of its forthcoming Office 2007 collaboration suite. The company said the new software would cost around the same as existing platforms. 

Office Standard will sell for $399 (£230), while Office Professional will retail at $499 (£287). UK prices are to be decided separately based on UK market conditions nearer the time of launch.

The software was previously codenamed Office 12, but its commercial name has been confirmed as Office 2007.

The company released an initial beta of the package last November, and plans a second beta this spring. Microsoft is replacing the Student and Teacher edition of the suite with a $149 (£86). Home and Student edition, which can be used by all home users.

Microsoft is removing the Outlook e-mail and calendar program from this edition, and is instead including the OneNote note-taking application. There will also be additional Professional Plus and Enterprise editions which will be more expensive to reflect additional features.

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