UPDATE: As of October, 2008, platform options (such as the Small Business Desktop Advantage) are now handled through the “Build Your Own Platform” model. Here is the post that explains this new option for you.
That’s right. Imagine getting a Windows XP Professional Upgrade PLUS an Small Business Server Client Access License PLUS three years of Software Assurance benefits on both of these (this includes 3 years of upgrade protection, which will get you the Windows Vista Upgrade!, along with eLearning, etc.) for just $28! If you are looking to purchase Microsoft Office Small Business Edition between now and June 30, 2006, you can. Here’s how this works:
The ERP (Estimated Retail Price) of Microsoft Small Business Edition with 3 years of Software Assurance purchased through Open Value is $769.00. This would get you the Microsoft Office 2003 Small Business Edition License, 3 years of upgrade protection (which would get you Microsoft Office 2007!), 3 years of eLearning courses to help you get the most from your Microsoft Office products, 3 years of Microsoft Office Home Use Rights which would allow an employee to use Microsoft Office Professional on a home PC for no additional cost, plus 3 years of all of the other Software Assurance benefits.
So if you take the $769 ERP and add the $28 I mention in this offer, you have a total of $797 ERP to get Microsoft Office Small Business Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional Upgrade, Microsoft Small Business Server Client Access License and 3 years of Software Assurance for each. Anyone know of a license from Microsoft that includes Microsoft Office Small Business Edition, Windows XP Professional Upgrade, and an SBS CAL with 3 years of Software Assurance benefits? That’s right, the Small Business Platform SKU!
The ERP on the Small Business Platform SKU is $922, which is a little more than $28 higher than the $769 ERP on Office Small Business Edition, so how do we make this work? Simple! Use the offers we have in market right now, like the Microsoft Office Rebate. So if you take the $922 ERP of the Small Business Platform License (B6K-00052 or B6K-00050 if using Microsoft Small Business Financing) and subtract the $125 rebate you qualify for with each Microsoft Small Business Platform License, you have an ERP of $797. That’s only $28 more than the ERP of Microsoft Office Small Business Edition by itself; however, you get all three for this price! Plus, remember that we are currently offering a FREE Pocket PC Phone for each Small Business Platform Agreement purchased by a company with 25 PCs or less!
One note, remember that the Small Business Platform License is a company-wide Agreement, so you would have to purchase one Small Business Platform SKU (B6K-00052 or B6K-00050 if using Microsoft Small Business Financing) for every PC in the company. By doing so, you would also receive additional Software Assurance benefits such as an Employee Purchase Program (which allows your employees to purchase Microsoft software for up to 30% off!) and Corporate Error Reporting.
By the way, we have been receiving some GREAT success stories from Partners regarding their successes with the Small Business Platform offer, including exciting feedback from their customers on what it has done for their companies. If you have a success story, let us know as we are looking to highlight some of these in the upcoming future!
Thank you and have a wonderful day,
US Senior Manager
Small Business Community Engagement
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