Yes, you heard right… 50%* off the first year payment!


In last week’s “Partner Introduction to the NEW Microsoft Open Value Subscription Program” Live Meeting session, I discussed the “Up-To-Date” discount available through the new Open Value Subscription Program launching in March. This offer provides a discount up to 50%* off the Estimated Retail Price (Remember, I have to use Estimated Retail Prices since Partners determine the final sale price based on their costs and markup from the Distributors) for the first year payment on a new Open Value Subscription Agreement if your client owns the qualifying licenses. To qualify, you simply need to have an existing license for the current version or one version prior to the current version of the Microsoft software you are acquiring through Open Value Subscription.


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For instance, let’s say your client has 72 PCs in their company, and of those 72 PCs, 50 have licenses for Windows Vista Business (current version) or Windows XP Professional (1 version prior to current). If they were to start an Open Value Subscription Agreement for the Windows Vista Business Upgrade + SA, they would qualify for the Up-to-date discount pricing on those 50 PCs, while the other 22 would not. This means the client would get the 50%* discount for the first year on those 50 Up-to-date qualified licenses.


Want to learn more about the Up-to-date discount, what products it is offered on and about the Open Value Subscription program as a Microsoft Partner? I’m running an entire “Partner Introduction to the NEW Microsoft Open Value Subscription Program” series for Microsoft Partners, so feel free to join me for one of the upcoming sessions (next one is tomorrow morning) so you know how to offer this to your clients starting March 3rd.


*Calculations are based on estimated retail prices. Reseller prices may vary.
(Yes, the obligatory footnote since we’re talking about prices as noted in parentheses above)


Thank you and have a wonderful day,


Eric Ligman
Microsoft US Senior Manager
Small Business Community Engagement
This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights

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Comments (37)

  1. Hi Eric, this is great news for our small business clients.  Whenever we can extend a cash flow savings that help them we all win.  Having licensing to some small businesses is still one of those things that they do not understand why they need to purchase them and be legal with their software licensing.

    I am still shocked to see how many small business we take over from other IT Pros do not have valid licensing.  

    This is a great tool for them to get up to speed and become compliant with their licensing.

    Cheers

    Stuart Crawford

    Calgary, AB

    http://www.itsuccessmentor.com

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  6. jtcomstock says:

    Eric,

    Thanks for the thorough information on today’s call.  Its a lot of digest.

    Does OVS Office have downgrade rights to 2003?  

  7. mssmallbiz says:

    @ JT – Yes, Open Value Subscription does have downgrade rights to 2003.

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