With the SharePoint Conference this week, Microsoft has begun lifting the shroud of secrecy around the next version of SharePoint, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, due out in the first half of next year.

In light of this release of information, I’m expecting to get asked more and more, “Why should we buy SharePoint now? Shouldn’t we just wait until the new version?”

Good news! You can buy SharePoint now and get the new version. That’s what Software Assurance is for. Software Assurance is a licensing deal which entitles you to some or all of the following: spread payments, receiving training, using additional copies of certain software at home, discounts on Microsoft products, telephone and web support, error reporting tools, extended hotfix support, even free licenses for back up servers.

Along with all these benefits, you can also get upgrade rights to newer versions. If you buy Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 with Software Assurance, as well as getting all the other benefits (including free licenses for PerformancePoint Server), you will get the right to upgrade to 2010 when it comes out. So you can deploy SharePoint now and start feeling the benefits, without having to shell out loads of money for the next lot of licenses.

What are you waiting for?