Microsoft & FileMaker Offer US$100 Rebate For Office v. X & FileMaker Pro

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Microsoft and FileMaker, Inc. have teamed up to offer a rebate for those who purchase Office v. X and FileMaker Pro. Microsoftis Windows version of Office includes the Access database solution, but the company does not offer Access for the Mac. FileMaker Pro is the largest independent database solution made by FileMaker, Inc., a subsidiary of Apple. The rebate offer is for US$100. From Microsoft:

Customers purchasing the new Microsoft® Office v. X for Mac, which begins shipping today in the U.S., may now complete their suite easily and affordably with FileMaker Pro 5.5 for Mac OS X, the leading Mac OS database software for workgroups and individuals. FileMaker Pro database software products also run over Microsoft Windows XP*, Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Terminal Services, Citrix® Metaframe(TM) 1.8, Red Hat® Linux 7.1, and Palm OS.

Those who have purchased retail boxes of FileMaker Pro 5.5 for Mac OS X (full version) from November 1, 2001 through March 15, 2002, are eligible to receive a $100 U.S. ($150 CDN for Canadian customers) mail-in rebate from FileMaker with proof of purchase of Office v. X (full version or upgrade), a savings of 40 per cent off the regular estimated retail price of $249 for FileMaker Pro 5.5.

A downloadable rebate form and further details are available at www.filemaker.com/promos. This rebate offer is not valid with any other offers.

Office v. X key applications, such as Word X, Excel X and Entourage integrate directly with FileMaker Pro 5.5 for Mac OS X allowing users to leverage critical data in a number of extremely easy ways: import data from Excel X for Mac into FileMaker Pro, for creating reports or for sharing over the Web in just minutes by simply dragging and dropping an Excel X spreadsheet onto FileMaker Pro; use the Excel X File Menu or Get External Data command on Data Menu; drag a FileMaker Pro file from the Finder to Excel X; or simply use the Excel X Import Wizard to select the FileMaker Pro database records to import. Data can also be easily exchanged between FileMaker Pro 5.5 and, Word X and Entourage X for Mac, to create mailings or to send e-mails.

"FileMaker Pro 5.5 for Mac OS X is a must-have database, especially for business users who need to leverage data between FileMaker Pro and Office v. X for Mac," said Kevin Browne, general manager, Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft Corp.

Fully compatible with Office for Mac and Office for Windows, Office v. X combines the power of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, e-mail and personal information manager (PIM) programs with the stability and reliability of Mac OS X. The suite has been specifically designed to take advantage of core Mac OS X technologies, including Aqua interface, Sheets and the Quartz graphics engine, all of which are built directly into the product to deliver graphically compelling documents and the ease-of-use unique to the Mac platform. New feature enhancements also have been made to Entourage(TM) X, the e-mail and personal information manager, PIM programs, Word X, Excel X and the PowerPoint® X presentation graphics program.

Office v. X is priced at US$499 (we have full pricing information in the Office v. X announcement we ran yesterday). FileMaker Pro is priced at US$249.

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