Microsoft software for Small Business

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Many small businesses pay too much for Windows, Office, and other Microsoft products. They buy software off retail shelves or online, one-at-a-time, and miss significant discounts that are available to almost every company. If your company uses more than four Microsoft products, such as Project or Visio, there is a discount program available. You just have to know where to look.

How much can you save? Up to 50 percent in one current promotion, but more commonly 5 to 25 percent, depending on the product.

Microsoft offers three volume licensing programs for small and medium-sized businesses with anywhere from five to 250 PCs.They are: Open License, Open Value, and Open Value Subscription.

The company also offers a program called Software Assurance that, for an annual payment of 29 percent of your Microsoft apps purchases and 25 percent of server purchases, provides ongoing "free" upgrades and other benefits.

Software Assurance (SA) is described in detail following the program descriptions.

These names appear in various forms in different places--even at Microsoft. I have used the more easily-recognized form of each program name.

You would think the Microsoft Small Business site would make it easy to find out about each program, but it doesn't, instead referring customers to resellers for additional information.

It helps to know what to ask about, so here are program specifics:

Open License

"The easiest and simplest approach for small business is the Open License program, " said Paul de Groot, licensing specialist with Directions on Microsoft, a newsletter and consulting firm that advises customers on how to best purchase Microsoft products.

"The program is very easy to get into--any five licenses gets you an authorization number--and takes somewhere between 5% and 25% off license prices, " de Groot said.

"Open License is transactional, meaning there are no long term commitments, and Software Assurance is optional. An authorization lasts for two years, and once you get it, you can order additional licenses one at a time and still get the discounted price."

Open Licenses also allows customers to manage their software licenses online and to install software from copies stored on local servers.


2007-11-02 11:27:30 by huduyuvudu

Microsoft Office 2003 Small Business Edition

I recently found a gold nugget at a yard sale. I found a wrapped, unopened copy of Office 2003 Small Business Edition with Business Contact Manger Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, get this, FREE in a box marked "FREE"! How fortuitous is THAT! What I want to know is, will this software work on our server at work, as we need to upgrade badly? I've heard you can only install some of these programs once, and though they may even still be in their original shrink wrap, they may be already installed on someone else's server and cannot be installed more than once.
Now, some of our computers have Office 97 for crying out loud! Others have some Office 2003 programs, but not all of them

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