Microsoft Office Accounting Express 2007 available as freeware

Slowly but surely, Microsoft is looking to grow its user base by giving away entry-level SKUs of its products.

The latest freebie: Office Accounting Express 2007, the new, low-end of its not-so-popular small-business accounting software line.

Microsoft made the Express version of its small-business accounting product available for free download, starting on October 30, via a free, “no-strings-attached” license, according to the company.

The Office Accounting Express SKU is interesting for a couple of reasons. First — although Microsoft officials (obviously) aren’t portraying the positioning of the product this way — the Office Accounting desktop software is a loss leader for Microsoft, with potential revenues coming in from the add-ons that Microsoft is hoping customers will purchase on a subscription basis.

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