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With a Year To Go, a New Incentive To Leave Windows XP Behind

With Windows XP exactly one year out from its support retirement date today, Microsoft marked the milestone with a new deal that involves partners.

As Microsoft has repeatedly reminded partners for the last several years, Windows XP support completely ends on April 8, 2014. The same date portends the end of support for Office 2003.

In a blog post today, Microsoft announced a Get2Modern offer. Under the deal, small and medium businesses that buy Windows 8 Pro and Office Standard 2013 together get up to 15 percent off the upgrade. To qualify for the deal, customers need to buy through the Open License program by June 30, 2013, and they need to contact a partner for pricing.

The page links to the Pinpoint directory, but there doesn't appear to be much guidance built into the search. Partners would do well, as always, to reach out to customers on their own to let them know about this opportunity.

The SMB-focused deal is in effect for up to 249 seats each of Windows 8 Pro and Office 2013 Standard editions.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of the story noted that Microsoft originally posted conflicting figures for the maximum number of seats for the offer. The correct number is 249 and both Microsoft pages now reflect that number of seats.

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Posted by Scott Bekker on April 08, 2013 at 11:58 AM


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Thu, Apr 11, 2013 ibsteve2u Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

The earlier Ubuntu comment...there's cost pressure behind at least running a project scope on a shift to a Linux variant and OSS. Windows 8 has a learning curve/training cost AND a license cost; a Linux variant has a learning curve/training cost but NO license cost. Microsoft's strategy...I'm left wondering if DEC or Novell planted a mole in the Microsoft front office to ensure that Microsoft's would be a Pyrrhic victory.

Tue, Apr 9, 2013

Well, that gives us a little more than a year to move to Ubuntu and Open/Libre Office or your favorite. Tired of the license fees and forced upgrades yet? Of course - "Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM."

Mon, Apr 8, 2013

Oh great, double your pain by upgrading to TWO lousy products.....

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