Microsoft's new small business accounting software will weigh in at $149 a pop after rebate. And the SBA/Office combo will list for $569, or $399 as an upgrade, after rebates. Pricing will be among the news to be announced Wedneday at Microsoft's Business Summit at its Redmond, Wash. campus.
The standalone "Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006" will list for $179 but ship with a $30 mail-in coupon. The Office suite version, officially "Microsoft Office Small Business Management Edition 2006 with Microsoft Small Business Accounting 2006" comes with a $100 dollar rebate. All SKUs are expected to ship this week.
The full suite includes Outlook 2003 with Business Contact Manager Update, and the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint , Publisher and Access. Microsoft has thus far only said that the standalone version, with which it plans to wage war (again) with Intuit's QuickBooks, would be "under $200."
News source: CRN