Friday, February 17, 2006

MS Office 2007 Pricing

Microsoft announced the retail pricing and packaging of its new 2007 Office product (aka Office 12). For the volume price we need to contact our Microsoft representative, but this gives us a good indication of where the overall cost will end up.

Office Professional Plus 2007, the update to Office Professional Enterprise Edition 2003, will be integrated with SharePoint Server 2007 and include Office Communicator, which are collaboration and information management tools.

Office Enterprise 2007, will have the normal suspects included in the package like Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Access, Publisher and Communicator. It will also include Office Groove 2007. Groove enables teams to collaborate remotely in real time. Along with this they also include Office OneNote 2007, which allows users to take notes, including handwritten notes and drawings, like they would on a physical notepad; and InfoPath, a tool for designing forms for content management. A big package of software indeed.

Office Home and Student 2007 will be available for home users for $149 (this package includes Excel, PowerPoint, Word and OneNote). Office Professional lists for $499; Office Small Business lists for $449; Office Standard lists for $399; and Office Basic has no pre-determined price.

Microsoft is also introducing new content management software, such as Forms Server 2007 and Project Portfolio Server.

We can expect two new license bundles for desktop PCs that access Microsoft server software. The new Enterprise Client Access License (CAL) will include Windows Server, Exchange Server, Office Sharepoint Portal Server, and Systems Management Server, plus new capabilities such as enterprise data searching and spreadsheet publishing.

Expect to see the new Office products on the shelves by the end of this year.


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