gives up Microsoft Office 2003 prices

Online retailer Inc. has stolen Microsoft Corp.'s thunder by posting pricing and a release date for the forthcoming Office 2003 software on its U.K. Web site.

Microsoft has been tightlipped on pricing and a release date, but is preparing an announcement that could come as early as this week, according to sources familiar with the company's plans. Now Amazon appears to have beaten Microsoft to it.

According to the listings on, Office 2003 Professional Edition will cost

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