image Remember the Big Announcement! 50% Off Up-To-Date (UTD) Discount Extended to Office XP and Windows XP owners worldwide made on New Year’s Day? With that announcement, Microsoft made the 50%* Up-to-date discount available on versions of Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows that were two versions old (N-2) for the first time worldwide. Now, in case you didn’t hear, this promotion has been extended through September 30, 2010!

For those of you not familiar with the 50%* Off N-2 Up-to-date discount, it is a promotion that lets you move from your current version of Windows or Office (as long as it is within the prior two versions) to the current version of Windows or Office at a 50%* discount off of the up-front cost. This promotion is offered through the Open Value Subscription program, which means that moving forward, you will continue to have access to the most current version of the software you are licensed for, including all upgrades that come out, plus all of the additional benefits of the Open Value Subscription Program, such as:

For those of you not familiar with the 50%* Up-to-date discount works, you might want to check out my How the Microsoft 50%* Up-to-date discount works and other answers post to learn more. Also, remember that since my initial Big Announcement! 50% Off Up-To-Date (UTD) Discount Extended to Office XP and Windows XP owners worldwide post made on New Year’s Day, a new version of Microsoft Office (Microsoft Office 2010), has been released. As such, be sure to check out my What qualifies for the Office Up-to-date 50%* discount (UTD) now that Office 2010 is out? post to see what the current N, N-1, and N-2 qualifying products are for the 50%* Up-to-date discount on Microsoft Office.

*50% is based off Estimated Retail Price.  Final prices set by your reseller.

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