updated 07:35 am EDT, Tue October 1, 2002
Microsoft today announced a joint limited-time offer with Apple, offering Office v. X for Mac for $200 with the purchase of a new Mac: "The special price for Office v. X with the purchase of any new Mac is the latest demonstration of Microsoft and Apple's shared commitment to offering Mac customers great products at great values. It marks the first time that the Office for Mac suite has been made available to purchasers of Macs." The offer is good from October 1st through January 7, 2003. A similar offer is running in Japan from August until December 2002, and Microsoft says it plans similar promos for customers in Australia, Europe, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore in November.
Apple today announced its joint promo with Microsoft: the Office Party promo is not valid with the purchase of used, refurbished, or demonstration equipment and is not is not valid for Apple's Education Institutional, Individual, or Campus Reseller purchase programs, although it can be combined with Apple's Design Freely promo, which offers a free copy of InDesign with the purchase of Power Mac. Both products must be purchased on the same invoice. (We noted the promo earlier today.)