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Microsoft Slates October Launch For Mid-Market Server Bundle

Microsoft plans to launch promotional pricing for its mid-market Windows bundle on October 1 starting at just under $6,500 for 50 users.

The U.S. price of $6,444 for 50 users represents a 20 percent discount off the Open License pricing for the bundle. The new pricing will be available via Microsoft Open Value.

On Tuesday, Microsoft Vice President of U.S. Business Partner Group Margo Day told
partners attending the Microsoft World Premiere event at XChange that the bundle, comprising Windows Server Standard, Exchange
Server Standard and MOM (Microsoft Operations Manager) Workgroup Edition
along with 50 midmarket client licenses for Windows and Exchange, will start at $6,444,
a 20 percent discount from the individually priced products. The bundle
targets companies with 50 to 250 PCs. Microsoft is also offering a new
client license of $76.80 per client that includes a single Windows and
Exchange Server CAL. Microsoft Small Business Server topped out at 75 users and company executives have long acknowledged the need for an attractive package for larger companies.

The goal is to penetrate medium-sized entities as Microsoft's popular Small Business Server has smaller companies.

"This is a huge breakthrough," said Day. "The success partners have had with
Small Business Server has just been gargantuan. This has the same kind of
potential. It is a great entry price offering for customers and they are
going to look to partners to customize it for the midmarket."

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