As promised in my, “Big announcement coming on New Years Day!” post back on December 18th, it is 8:00 am PST on New Year’s Day and here is the big announcement to kick off the New Year! For the first time ever, Microsoft is expanding the 50%* off Up-To-Date (UTD) discount to include TWO prior versions on both Microsoft Office Professional and Microsoft Windows worldwide and this offer will be available until June 30, 2010! (If you see “N-2”, “N” is the current version and “-2” means two prior versions) What this means is that millions of customers running older versions of Microsoft Office Professional and Microsoft Windows will now be able to take advantage of the Up-To-Date discount available through the Open Value Subscription Program to get 50%* off their Year 1 payments!
So who qualifies for this offer?
What you get:
Those of you that have followed my Blog for several years may recall the initial release of the Up-To-Date discount in the U.S. and Canada only allowed one prior version of products to qualify for the 50%* off discount. Because of this, if you were running anything prior to the latest or one version older of Microsoft Office or Microsoft Windows, you did not qualify for the UTD discount, but with this offer, now you do. Let’s put the N-2 expansion into real terms:
Before January 1, 2010:
From January 1, 2010 – June 30, 2010:
Not only does the UTD discount now extend to two prior versions, it includes these unique ease of use and licensing benefits of Open Value Subscription (OVS) and more:
* Estimated Retail Prices of UTD Part #s are ~50% below Estimated Retail Prices of non-UTD Part # for same product. Reseller prices may vary. (See HOW THIS WORKS)
Want to see how some others have made the most out of Open Value Subscription? Check out:
So here’s to a great 2010 with the first big announcement of the year! I look forward to bringing you many more in the upcoming year and to great success together. Happy New Year, everyone!
Thank you and have a wonderful day,
Eric Ligman – Follow me on TWITTER and RSS Global Partner Experience Lead Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights
Great info. Now, where do we get it? Is it being offered in retail stores, or just from M$? I'm just a little business with 4 computers, but I'll give Win7 a try for 50% off.
@ Perry - You can take advantage of this offer through any Microsoft reseller that offers Volume Licensing. Microsoft does not sell this direct, it is through our Partners. Here is a link to the Windows "How to Buy" page on the Microsoft Small Business Center (http://bit.ly/6TDStP) At the bottom is a list of some national Volume License resellers as well as a Microsoft Small Business Specialist locator if you want to find a Microsoft Small Business Specialist near you. Just tell them you are looking for the Microsoft Windows Up-To-Date discount through Open Value Subscription and they can help you out.
I'm curious, ANYONE with Windows XP or Windows Vista can get 50% off Windows 7? please clearify
Before the Office 2010 launch you state that Office 2007 Professional, Office 2003 Professional, or Office XP Professional are the qualifying products. You state that, after the Office 2010 launch, Office Professional Plus 2007 or Office 2003 Professional are the qualifying products. Are you saying that, after the Office 2010 launch, you need a better version of Office 2007 than before the launch to qualify for this offer?
@ Marc - The reason I called out "before Office 2010 launch" vs. "after Office 2010 launch" is because qualifying licenses for the Up-To-Date discount through this promotion are current version (N), one prior version (N-1), or two prior versions (N-2). Before the Office 2010 launch, the current version is Office 2007, N-1 is Office 2003, and N-2 is Office XP. After the Office 2010 launch, current version is Office 2010, N-1 is Office 2007, and N-2 is Office 2003. At that point, Office XP would be N-3 and would no longer qualify. I hope that helps clarify it.
Impressive! It's great to see Microsoft giving SMBs the chance to migrate to Windows 7 at a lower price. Now let's make this price reduction permanent! (And extend it to enterprise customers, too.)
@ Alan - the UTD discount is available to anyone through the Open Value Subscription (OVS) program. So if you have Windows XP Pro or Windows Vista Business licenses and wish to acquire your Windows 7 Professional Upgrades through OVS, you can take advantage of the UTD discount for those qualifying licenses. I posted a follow-up on my Blog that answers several of the questions I have received on the UTD offer here: http://bit.ly/6pKpaC
I'm curious about prices. The spreadsheet (Closer) that partners use to calculate OVS pricing lists the UTD at $32 for Windows and $82 for Office P+ (Jan 2010 Closer with ERP pricing). You're saying $35 and $91.