Everybody likes to save money. So, if you neglected to take advantage of Microsoft’s Big Easy sale, originally set to end on Mar. 31, don’t despair. You now have until May 31 to get in on the savings.
Just to refresh everyone’s memory, when you buy or renew eligible open software agreements, you get 15% of the purchase price back in the form of partner subsidy dollars for single products. When purchasing two or more eligible products, you receive 20% of your purchase price back as partner subsidy dollars.
Products eligible for the sale are Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Exchange 2010, Windows Server 2008 R2, Small-Business Server 2011, Microsoft Lync 2010 and SharePoint 2010.
Don’t forget that after Apr. 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates, non-security hotfixes, free paid assisted support or online technical content updates for their Microsoft Office 2003, Windows XP or Exchange 2003 offerings. And people only have until Jul. 14, 2015 before extended support for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 SP2 expires. Microsoft’s blog provides additional information.
The cost of upgrading or replacing software can set a small-business owner back a bit, especially if his business has more than a dozen employees. So, those who still have software from 2003 might want to consider taking advantage of the opportunity provided by this extended sale and upgrade their software. Waiting until the last minute, like when the upgrades and support expire, could lead to frustration and unnecessary added expense.
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