Office 2007: Microsoft comments on price cut
Microsoft doesn’t mind the slight price decline of Office Home and Student 2007 as it is not contrary to the company’s plans.
The software giant has been trying to reduce the number of illegal Office copies for some time now. Achim Berg, chief executive officer at Microsoft Germany, emphasizes this attempt: The current price development of the Office Home and Student edition takes the wind out of the sails of those software pirates who use Microsoft Office for private purposes. Microsoft thinks that now more illegal copies will be replaced by legal ones.
The success of this action depends on the users of illegal copies in big parts of course. According to Winfuture, only about half of the 300 companies and 500 persons asked in a survey financed by Microsoft said, that a lower price would make them use the original software. But anyhow, about 89 percent think that a price cut would make the replacement of illegal copies with legal ones more attractive.