URGENT: 2008 Year End Update and Microsoft Great Plains 8.0

The questions have started to flood the newsgroups and apparently many users and customers are not aware (and perhaps, were not made aware by their partners) that there will be no Year End Update pack for Microsoft Great Plains 8.0. According to a support bulletin from the Product Lifecycle page last modified on April 1, 2008:

"Mainstream Support for Microsoft Dynamics GP 8.0 will end October 13, 2009 (previously October 9, 2007). Microsoft will provide a 2007 Year End Regulatory/Tax update. (U.S. and Canadian tax updates will be provided through October 31, 2008.) No additional tax or regulatory updates will be provided for 2008 Year End as well as 2009."

The complete article can be accessed as follows:

PartnerSource - Click Here
CustomerSource - Click Here

What to do now?

There are a few options:

1. Upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 - For this you may contact your Microsoft partner to establish the viability of this option -- you can contact me or any Maximum Global Business representative for pricing on upgrades to GP 10. Also, take a look at my Upgrade Path article for options if moving in this direction.

2. Contact Microsoft Support and plea your case. Typically, once a product has completed its cycle there will not be any updates to it, however, the customer is always right! and that may just prove to be your case.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MIS, PMP
Maximum Global Business, LLC


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