What is Software Assurance?
Discover the unique benefits and value that Software Assurance can provide for your business.
Software Assurance spans a broad range of Microsoft software and services products, including the Windows operating system, Microsoft Office, Exchange, System Center, SQL Server, and many others. Learn more about the specific benefits available for the products you license.
By company size
Whether your company supports as few as five desktops or tens of thousands, Software Assurance provides valuable benefits to help enhance the productivity of your entire organization. Learn more about how Software Assurance helps organizations of varying sizes.
Software Assurance benefits include deployment planning services, end-user and technical training, 24x7 problem resolution support, exclusive technologies and rights, and the latest Microsoft software releases and unique technologies. Learn more about Software Assurance benefits and how each can contribute to your business needs.
Get started with Software Assurance
Get to know your benefits, and develop an action plan for your organization. Here are some basic guidelines to get you started with Software Assurance.
1. Check your benefits
Your Software Assurance benefits are determined by your Volume Licensing agreement, such as an Enterprise Agreement or Open Value agreement, and qualifying license purchases you have with Software Assurance. Use the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) to get the most accurate statement of your current benefits. You must be registered to use the VLSC.
For more information about VLSC registration, view the VLSC how-to videos, or contact your Microsoft Partner. See the Product List for all available Software Assurance benefits.
2. Build your team of Software Assurance benefits administrators and assign Software Assurance Managers
Depending on the size of your organization and the scope of your benefits, you can set up a team to ensure that you know which benefits your company is entitled to, and to ensure that your benefits are used. A small or midsized organization may find it more efficient to centralize benefits management with one individual or department. A large enterprise that will access multiple benefits across multiple organizations may find decentralized benefits management most effective.
Here are some typical Software Assurance Manager responsibilities:
New products and deployment tools (for example, New Version Rights, Windows Enterprise, Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack)
Deployment resources (for example, Planning Services, License Mobility)
Technical training for IT staff (Training Vouchers)
24x7 Problem Resolution Support
Training Manager/HR Manager/IT Manager
3. Activate and use your Software Assurance benefits
To activate your benefits, go to the VLSC. After you sign in to the VLSC, the benefits activation process is similar for most benefits. The Software Assurance Quick Start Guide (PDF, 330 KB) includes steps for activating your benefits.