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Microsoft updates home PC package

The new version of Works Suite includes Word 2002 plus updated editions of several other tools.

Microsoft on Thursday released a new version of Works Suite, a package of applications meant to perform many of the computing tasks commonly needed in the home. Works Suite 2005 includes the Word 2002 word processor plus recent versions of the Money personal finance program, the Encarta encyclopedia, the Streets & Trips mapping application, Picture It Premium digital imaging tools and Works productivity applications.

Works Suite 2005 is available now for $100, and a $20 rebate is available. Microsoft is aiming the package both at retail customers and at PC makers, for installation on new consumer desktops.