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CNET News.com: Microsoft details Office rental plans

Nov 12, 1999, 01:52 (18 Talkback[s])
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"Through a pilot program, providers of e-business services for small and medium-sized companies will offer Office 2000 as an application service beginning in 2000. The leasing program will allow customers to use Microsoft's Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Office applications via the Internet, instead of having the Microsoft software installed on their PCs."

"Microsoft did not announce pricing for the hosted applications. The standard edition of Office costs $499 for new users and $249 for existing Office users upgrading to the product. Bob Muglia, senior vice president in charge of Microsoft's business-productivity group, told the Wall Street Journal that online services might charge anywhere from $50 to $500 per user, per month for Office."

"Participating companies in the pilot program, called Microsoft Office Online, include Micron, Concentric Network, Verio, Digex, Equant, FutureLink, Interland, Interliant, MTT Mpowered (a division of Aliant), Qwest Communications, TeleComputing, Usinternetworking, and Winstar Communications."

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