Microsoft profits from revamped Office 2007 pricing

For Daniel Duffy, president of Valley Network Solutions, a leading Fresno, Calif. systems integrator, the strong demand by his customers for Office 2007 instead of Microsoft Corp.'s other big release this year -- Windows Vista -- was unexpected. "There are a lot of five- to 50-seat companies getting new installations of Office for the first […]

For Daniel Duffy, president of Valley Network Solutions, a leading Fresno, Calif. systems integrator, the strong demand by his customers for Office 2007 instead of Microsoft Corp.'s other big release this year -- Windows Vista -- was unexpected.

"There are a lot of five- to 50-seat companies getting new installations of Office for the first time," he said. "We figured there'd be more demand for Vista. Actually, I'm a little surprised with the [slow] uptake."

So, perhaps, are a lot of people. Although Vista has gotten the lion's share of Microsoft's marketing dollars, its sales performance so far remains mixed. Use of the new OS may be steadily increasing, but many users are clinging to Windows XP, forcing Microsoft to trim its fiscal 2008 projections of Vista's adoption by users.

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