Apple UK is offering a steep discount on Microsoft Office with every Mac you buy.

The company is offering up to a 50 per cent rebate on the office productivity standard in a mail-in rebate scheme.

Apple says: "There's never been a better time to write a paper, manage a home, or set up a business. Because from now until January 31, 2006, you can get the perfect Mac and the perfect Office at the perfect price".

Rebates and original Apple Store prices (including VAT) follow:

Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Student & Teacher Edition, £40 rebate, normal price £109.
Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Standard Edition, £175 rebate, normal price £349.
Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Professional Edition, £225 rebate, normal price £449.
Microsoft Excel 2004 for Mac, £100 rebate, normal price £199.
Microsoft Word 2004 for Mac, £100 rebate, normal price £199.

Users must fill in a form, copy their sales receipt and provide the shipping labels (UPC labels) to qualify for the rebate. Purchases must be made at qualifying Apple dealers or the Apple Store.