Microsoft to retire the Employee Purchase Program (EPP) benefit
Microsoft will retire the Employee Purchase Program (EPP) in November 2010. EPP allowed customers with Software Assurance through certain volume licensing programs to purchase popular Microsoft Software titles at a discounted rate.
Microsoft made the announcement to their Software Assurance customers on the 18 March 2010 via email citing a lack of take up by customers, as well as the viable alternative to obtaining software used in the office, for home computers through the Home Use Program (HUP). The EPP Program is one of the lowest ranked SA benefits and rated low in business value according to analyst feedback. EPP offers a flat discount of 10% off the Estimated Retail Price (ERP). Since there are regularly reseller promotions on Microsoft software, EPP often turned out to be more expensive than purchasing though the usual retail channels. HUP offers customers a far cheaper alternative for licensing certain application software at home for the term of the Software Assurance coverage, more information on the Home Use Program can be found here.