With this month's release of Sage 300 2016 (formerly Sage 300 ERP/Accpac ERP), Sage North America has given customers the choice of two options, namely Sage 300 and/or Sage 300c:
Sage 300 2016 is the latest release of the desktop version of Sage 300. It has added enhancements based on the many requests made by customers. It is available for download to current customers that are up-to-date on their maintenance plan (Sage Business Care).
Sage 300c 2016 is the initial release of Sage's next-generation cloud and mobile-enhanced product. We were told by Sage's CTO Himanshu Palsule at Sage's Worldwide Summit conference this summer in New Orleans that the "c" stood for "Connected, Collaborative and Customer-focused" and it "would give you the freedom to stay with the trusted solution you've counted on for years and the confidence to leverage new technology at your own pace without disrupting your business."
This translates to a new series of web-based screens that run in parallel with the classic Sage 300 desktop screens, giving everyone who uses Sage 300 freedom to choose the interface that best suits their needs while using the same database and business logic. Therefore, Sage 300c features the same capabilities of Sage 300 but with the new benefits of mobility, anytime/anywhere access, and a modern new user interface that can be used in conjunction with the desktop version. It can be accessed on any device (desktop, laptop, tablet), and on any OS (Windows, Mac, IOS/Android ) securely through your browser!
Bottom line...if you're a current customer, you can choose to upgrade to the next-generation cloud and mobile-enhanced product, or continue on the simpler and less expensive upgrade of the current product.
If you're a prospective customer, you can choose to sign up for Sage 300c on a monthly/yearly subscription with a one-time activation fee or order the "classic" desktop version of Sage 300 2016 through standard purchasing options (Monthly Subscription, Capital Purchase, Lease, Sage300 Online monthly subscription).
oh...and don't forget to sign up for one of Sage's live What's New in Sage 2016 Webcasts.