Small businesses that buy software box by box could face significant costs if they want to upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft Office. But here’s one way to get a discount.
Companies currently using Office 2003 will spend less to upgrade if they first install Office 2007, InfoWorld reports.
Thanks to Microsoft’s Office 2010 Technology Guarantee, folks can get a free Office 2010 upgrade if they buy a copy of Office 2007 before September 30.
The company isn’t offering upgrade pricing with Office 2010, so everyone pays the same price for it no matter what, if any, previous version they have installed.
However, upgrade pricing is still available for folks switching from the 2003 to the 2007 version of the suite. So by upgrading and then getting Office 2010 for free, businesses can save up to $200 per installation in some cases, InfoWorld says.
This doesn’t apply to companies that buy bulk licenses — through Microsoft’s Software Assurance program, those organizations already get a fee upgrade to Office 2010.