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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

May 11, 2006 at 2:31 PM

Ballmer hints at Office, Vista prices

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, speaking at the Churchill Club in Santa Clara, Calif., said the forthcoming version of Office for consumers will be priced lower than the current version, according to a Dow Jones dispatch from the event.

No word on whether the lower-cost Office Ballmer referred to would include Outlook. Microsoft announced prices for Office 2007 in February. A $149 version for students and home users will not including Outlook, the e-mail and calendar program.

Likewise, the Vista operating system — due out for consumers in January — will not cost more than the version on the market now. “If you want to do the same things, you’ll pay about the same” for Vista, he said, according to Dow Jones.

He also said Microsoft aims to become the leader in online advertising, but it won’t happen overnight. It should be viewed as a five-year goal for the company, which trails Google and Yahoo!.

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