Another great article related to the recent 2014 Retail Realm conference and the future of Microsoft RMS Store Operations point of sale software:
Again, the advice that I am passing along to the folks that I have provided RMS to in the past is to consider these options:
- If you are current with your annual maintenance agreement, then you can wait and see if switching to Microsoft Retail Essentials makes sense or if you want to look at other point of sale solutions.
- Aside from support for RMS ending in 2016 or 2021 (depending on your agreement with your Microsoft Partner), there is nothing that would prevent you from continuing to use RMS unless RMS will not be EMV complaint (which would mean that you have until Oct 2015 to replace RMS).
- If you are not current with your maintenance agreement, then now is a great time to start exploring other point of sale options.
Note that I am in the process of negotiating some point of sale software and support discounts for all RMS users - whether you continue to use RMS or not.
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