It’s easy to procrastinate, especially when it comes to doing mundane or tedious tasks such as upgrading software. But when there are savings involved, it makes sense to put upgrading your company’s software somewhere near the top of your list of priorities.
Microsoft’s Big Easy offer allows small-business owners to save 15% off Microsoft’s estimated retail price in subsidy dollars for single products or 20% off when purchasing two or more eligible products.
If you haven’t taken advantage of this offer, yet, you’d better act fast. It ends March 31, 2012.
Eligible products are Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Exchange 2010, Windows Server 2008 R2, Small-Business Server 2011, Microsoft Lync 2010 and SharePoint 2010.
Also keep in mind that support for Office 2003, Windows XP and Exchange 2003 is ending. If small-business owners have computers that are still running the software after April 8, 2014, they will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options or online technical content updates.
They have until July 14, 2015 for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 SP2 Extended Support. They can learn more by visiting Microsoft’s blog.
Updating software might be the most interesting aspect of your job, but if you’re committed to your company’s success, you need to stay current with the latest technological advances. The opportunity to save money as well is the spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down.
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