Cnet: Microsoft trims Office prices

My spin: FYI
News Clip: Microsoft plans to announce price cuts for its Office productivity software on Wednesday, a day after it eased controversial licensing plans for Office and other products.
The price cuts are for the full retail versions of Office XP “suites,” which package common applications such as a word processor and spreadsheet program, and for individual applications.
The Office XP Professional package are now priced at $499, compared with $599 previously. Office XP Standard will carry a price tag of $399, down from $479. Standalone versions of Office applications–Word 2002, Excel 2002, PowerPoint 2002 and Access 2002–will sell for $229, compared with $339. The new prices go into effect Wednesday in the United States and Canada
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