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February 27, 2003--In this issue:

1. NEWS AND VIEWS
- To Avoid Legal Charges, Microsoft Lowers Prices in Taiwan

2. ANNOUNCEMENT
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3. CONTACT US
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NEWS AND VIEWS


(contributed by Paul Thurrott, thurrott@winnetmag.com)

* TO AVOID LEGAL CHARGES, MICROSOFT LOWERS PRICES IN TAIWAN
Microsoft announced this morning that the company has reached a settlement with the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission (TFTC) that will institute steep price cuts on Microsoft software sold in that country. The settlement officially ends an investigation into the company's alleged unfair trade practices in Taiwan, which had charged the software giant with artificially inflating prices and forcing customers to buy more expensive software suites rather than individual applications. Microsoft says the price cuts average 26.7 percent.

"Microsoft believes our business practices have followed the regulations in Taiwan, and our operations have, and will always be, in compliance with the law," Eunice Chiou, general manager of Microsoft Taiwan, said in a statement. "We are committed to the terms of the settlement and look forward to delivering on our promise. We have great respect for the decision of the TFTC and have taken concrete steps in response to government and community sentiment."

Taiwan's Microsoft investigation started last spring when the TFTC alleged that the company sold software at a higher price in Taiwan than it did in other countries. After 6 months of investigation into the charges, Microsoft and the TFTC entered settlement negotiations in November.

In a related development, Microsoft also announced that it's launching a new Consumer and Academic Software Program on March 15 that will make the company's software even more affordable for consumers, educators, and students. The price of Windows XP Professional, for example, will fall 54.5 percent under the new program.

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ANNOUNCEMENT


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