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Licensing brief: Licensing Windows Embedded 8

Applies to all Volume Licensing programs


Enterprises turn to Windows Embedded to power industry devices that delight their customers by providing unique and differentiated user experiences and help them gain competitive advantage by monitoring, assessing, reporting, predicting, and uncovering intelligence throughout their businesses.

Windows Embedded 8 offerings are available through Microsoft Volume Licensing. This brief explains the options for licensing Windows Embedded 8 editions and key enterprise features.

What’s new in this brief

This brief replaces the version published October 2013. It has been updated to reflect changes to the Windows Embedded licensing options effective April 1, 2014, including:
  • Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise edition is available as an upgrade license through Volume Licensing; it is no longer a Software Assurance benefit. This aligns to the changes made to Windows desktop effective March 2014.
  • Only Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise edition is eligible for Software Assurance. Therefore, customers who want Software Assurance can purchase the Windows Embedded 8.1 Enterprise Upgrade with Software Assurance.
Note: Customers will continue to be allowed to attach Software Assurance to new devices purchased before July 1, 2014.

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