Thursday, February 19, 2009

Asus To Launch Low-Cost PC With Bundled Microsoft Office In Japan

Taiwanese firm AsusTek Computer Inc. (TAIEX: 2357) said Wednesday that it will release Saturday a low-priced Eee PC personal computer with Microsoft Corp.'s Office productivity software included.

The 1000H-X with Office will come pre-loaded with Microsoft Office Personal 2007. Priced at 57,800 yen (US$616.78), it will have a 10-inch wide-screen display and a 160-gigabyte hard-disk drive.

This will be the first time Asus has offered Office on one of its PCs. Taiwanese rival Acer Inc. is set to release Friday a new model loaded with Microsoft Office and priced around 60,000 yen.

Until now, most inexpensive PCs have not come with Office. And this has been one factor keeping customers away from these machines, since such applications as word processing and spreadsheets are considered basic uses of computers.

The introduction by the two Taiwanese firms of low-priced offerings that come with Office, which sells for 40,000 yen or more in stores, will likely accelerate competition with conventional notebook computers.

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