Amazon Cuts Prices on Top-Selling Office 2010 Suite

Online retail giant Amazon has slashed the prices of the newly launched Microsoft Office 2010 productivity suite by 13 per cent.

The company said that the Home and Student Edition of the software was available from the website for $129 - $20 cheaper than the $149 price tag given by Microsoft.

Other versions of the software have also been discounted, including the Home and Business Edition, which is now available for $259, down from the $279 Microsoft list price. Office 2010 Professional edition is now available for $459, down from $499.

Amazon said that the price cuts were not due to low demand for the products, but were designed to accelerate sales.

The company confirmed that the Home and Student version of the software was the top-selling software product on the website on Wednesday, with the Home and Business Edition ranked second.

The newly launched Office 2010 suite includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint programmes, as well as Office Web, an internet-based version of the productivity suite.