Microsoft dangles Office rebates

David Becker Staff Writer, CNET News.com
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Microsoft announced on Thursday that it is offering rebates to business customers who buy the new Office 2003 software package under its Software Assurance licensing program, a that requires customers to pay in advance for periodic upgrades. Microsoft has promoted Software Assurance as way for businesses to manage expenses and ensure access to the latest technology, but many have balked at the plan.

The rebate program runs through April 30 and is open to companies that buy one of three versions of Office 2003 with a three-year licensing agreement. Rebates range from $750 to $38,000, depending on how many copies and which versions of Office 2003 are purchased.