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We have 3 PCs and we would like the same version of Microsoft Office products installed on all three (and Adobe Acrobat Professional). I shopped around a little bit and found out that Microsoft Office 2010 bundle costs $309.99 and Adobe Acrobat Pro costs $184.99. So that means each PC cost around $500 just for software.

I just think that is quite a lot of money and looking for ways to safe some money especially because we're planning to add more PCs in the office. The Office products that we need are Word, Excel, Power Point, and Publisher (and maybe Access). We're aware that there is an option to use Open Office but we don't want to use that.

Please advise. Thank you
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John Hurst earned 84 total points
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If you are a for-profit business, you must pay the charge for the licenses.

If you are not-for-profit and/or a charity, you can get charitable licensing rates from Microsoft and Adobe through your vendor or via Tech Soup.

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You may consider contacting a Microsoft Rep to get some idea about Volume Licensing to see if that could reduce your costs. I'm not sure how much you'd benefit considering how few installations you're after but its worth looking into.

http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/
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This may not save you money right away, but in the long run you will of course have to replace those systems and their software. If you set-up a Microsoft KMS server, a license can be leased to the computer from Microsoft, allowing you to set an amount of time that the computer must check in to the KMS server before the license expires. This will assist you financially because you will always have control of your licences in case a system crashes hard or gets stolen. As for Adobe, there are few products like it. FoxIT pdf creator is a decent alternative, but there is still a learning curve to it if your clients are used to adobe. Sadly, there may not be a safe way to get around the up-front costs of software for a buisness.
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Yes we're probably going to use NitroPDF Pro. We're still looking for possibility to get PCs from Dell or HP. I hope they have a pretty good package for Small Business
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I know Dell does. You'll save about 10% a workstation. And you can also finance them so you aren't putting all  your money out all at once.
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Thank you. I was pleased to assist and good luck going foward. ... Thinkpads_User
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