Microsoft said today it has completed development of its Office
2000 business application suite, and expects to begin shipping the software
Office 2000, the latest generation of widely used business programs
including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access, will be available to large
corporate customers in April and is scheduled to be in retail outlets June
10, Microsoft said.
As previously reported, Microsoft
had pushed back the release date for Office 2000, and recently told
investors that the company would not be able to realize revenues associated
with the upcoming product for this quarter's earnings. The company will
defer $400 million in revenue because of the Office 2000 delay.
Microsoft also said four companies, Lockheed Martin
Electronics and Missiles, the University of Texas, J.D. Edwards, and Turner Broadcasting
Sales, have announced plans to deploy Office 2000.
Office 2000 Premium is priced at $399 for Microsoft Office upgrades and
other qualifying Microsoft desktop applications, and $449 for non-Microsoft
suites or desktop applications. For new users, Office 2000 Premium will be
priced at $799.
Office 2000 Professional is priced at $309 for version upgrades, $349 for
non-Microsoft upgrades, and $599 for new users.
Reuters contributed to this story.