In what could be a prelude to a new server product for midsize businesses, Microsoft announced Thursday a new bundle that saves such companies up to 20 percent if they buy a set of three Microsoft programs.

The promotion combines three Windows Server operating system licenses with one server license of the Exchange calendar and e-mail software and a single server license for the company's Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 product, along with the right to access the software from up to 50 computers. The package, which will be available through resellers and on new servers, will sell for about $6,400, or a discount of roughly 20 percent discount compared with what customers pay under standard Open Select licenses.

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