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    Office 2003 Release Date? (Office 2003)

    Does anyone know when Microsoft is planning to release Office 2003? I am interested in the Student/Educator version and am not sure if I should by the XP version now or wait for 2003. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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    Re: Office 2003 Release Date? (Office 2003)

    Hi Ronald--

    They are releasing to manufacture on Friday August 15, which is tomorrow in my neck of the woods. I would expect to see offers now for OEM versions, but whether that includes the student version yet I don't know. It's going to be a while before it shows up in stores, and I am sure there will be announements in all the cyber news outlets very soon. The prices in the UK look pretty high to me. I don't have any US Prices yet.


    I put some info on this thread:
    Office 2003 Beta Office XP Lounge 13 August 2003 Post 28439

    Office 2003 Prices Date Revealed Wininformant
    Office 2003 Prices Leak on Line
    Office 2000 RTM August 15, 2003 Friday

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    Re: Office 2003 Release Date? (Office 2003)

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    Historically prices of computer hardware and software have been higher in the UK than the US, often to the $1 ==>
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    Re: Office 2003 Release Date? (Office 2003)

    And during my time there--which is so much different looking than here and better in a lot of ways--I saw that first hand the first time I went into a large gear camera store--some of the cameras were double the price of a Fry's or a Microcenter or a camera store at home.

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    Re: Office 2003 Release Date? (Office 2003)

    Just saw this on Yahoo - Microsoft Sets Pricing, Late Launch for Office
    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...osoft_office_dc

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    Re: Office 2003 Release Date? (Office 2003)

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    Re: Office 2003 Release Date? (Office 2003)

    So the US price for Office 2003 is lower than that for Office XP,
    whereas the UK price for Office 2003 is <big>higher</big> that that for Office XP.

    Hmmm.
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    Re: Office 2003 Release Date? (Office 2003)

    Doesn't sound fair, seriously, and I bet that once it's circulating given the sites like Pricegrabber, Pricewatch and an awful lot of the huge number of others who sell Office, it's going to be lower still John. I'm not an astute student of all the dynamics, but I think they were obviously sensitive to the outcry when all these licensing revisions/restrictions and rules began to be laid down in the past fiscal year for MS which is Oct-Oct--also that not as many people migrated to Office XP as they had hoped--and I don't know the numbers but the biggest percent were using 2000 I'm sure because of the space between and differences in Office 97. Now there's only about the same amount of space between Office XP and 2003.

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    Re: Office 2003 Release Date? (Office 2003)

    Bejing based and developed Kingsoft will replace Microsoft Office in Shanghai schools after demands for fees for widely spread pirated software:

    School's out for Microsoft Office

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    Re: Office 2003 Release Date? (Office 2003)

    Office 2003 went live for volume users this morning September 15, 2003

    OEM's shipping will follow and you'll have to wait until the release in October around the launch date that begins October 21 to get a single student edition in a bricks and mortar or on the web. I'm sure universities that were able to buy in volume got some today.

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