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Software Assurance by product

Software Assurance spans Microsoft’s range of software products and services, including the Windows operating system, Microsoft Office, Exchange, SQL Server, and many others.

Office

Microsoft Software Assurance benefits for Office can help your company accelerate deployment and improve end-user productivity. Use your benefits to help IT staff efficiently deploy and manage Microsoft Office products and Office 365, gain in-class technical training, and access the newest software releases. Improve productivity with Office home-use licenses, and take advantage of end-user group and online training to help enhance skills. Moving to Office 365? Use your benefits to discover how to put Office 365 to work in your environment and get your users trained on the latest technology prior to moving to the cloud.

Planning Services

Get in-depth planning assistance from qualified partners or Microsoft Consulting Services to help you plan your deployment to the latest version of Microsoft Office, whether on-premises or in the cloud. Offers are available for Office, Exchange, Lync, and SharePoint.


Use Planning Services to:

  • Help ensure efficient deployments through collaborative planning built on best practices.

  • Extend your IT staff with expert advice from on-site deployment planning specialists.

Learn more about Software Assurance Planning Services

Technical and End-User Training

Software Assurance training benefits help build technical skills and ready IT professionals, developers, and end users for the latest wave of Microsoft technologies.


Use Technical and End-User Training to:

  • Boost productivity by providing in-depth instructor-led technical training for IT professionals and developers.

  • Enhance end-user readiness through online training and demonstration sessions.

Learn more about Software Assurance training benefits

Home Use Program

With the Home Use Program (HUP), your employees can get the latest version of Microsoft Office to use on their home computers via a low-cost download. By using the same software at home and work, they naturally gain more skills, which helps improve productivity.


Use the Home Use Program to:

  • Help accelerate familiarity and use of the latest Office products.

  • Help increase employee skills and productivity.

Learn more about the Home Use Program

Additional Software Assurance benefits for Office

24x7 Problem Resolution Support

24x7 Problem Resolution Support provides around-the-clock phone support. This direct connection to Microsoft anytime a support need arises can help you maximize uptime, lower support costs, and enhance IT productivity by reducing time spent troubleshooting and resolving issues.


Learn more about Software Assurance Support

Extended Hotfix Support

Extended Hotfix Support provides specific, non-security product fixes on a per-customer incident basis, beyond the standard product support terms and releases. A hotfix is an update to your software that typically addresses bugs or other problems you may be having. With Extended Hotfix, your organization can request non-security hotfixes for older Microsoft Business and Developer products beyond the Mainstream Support phase.


Learn more about Microsoft Support

Microsoft Office Multi-Language Pack

The Microsoft Office Multi-Language Pack enables you to deploy a single Office image with support for 40 user interface (UI) languages, and equip individuals who create or edit content with powerful proofing tools and self-help features.

New Version Rights

With New Version Rights, you can upgrade each Microsoft product license that is covered by active Software Assurance to the most recent version for no additional cost. When a new version of Microsoft Office is released during the term of your agreement, your licenses are automatically upgraded to the new version.

Office Roaming Use Rights

Help expand end-user productivity and extend the value of your virtual desktop environment with Office Roaming Use Rights, which lets users with Software Assurance on Office, Project, or Visio remotely access their software on their virtual desktops from third-party devices.

Spread Payments

Spread the costs of your License and Software Assurance purchase across three equal, annual sums versus one up-front payment to help reduce initial costs and aid in forecasting annual software budget requirements up to three years in advance. When you use the Spread Payments benefit, no interest or additional fees are incurred.


You may also consider Microsoft Payment Solutions to help finance your technology needs, including software, services, partner products, and hardware. Although Microsoft Payment Solutions is not part of Software Assurance, you can choose it separate from, or in addition to, the Spread Payments benefit to create a customized payment structure.

Step-up Licensing

Step-up Licensing enables you to migrate your software from a lower-level edition to a higher-level edition, such as Office Standard to Office Professional Plus, at a low cost. The Step-up License makes it easier for you to move from a lower-level edition to a higher-level edition without incurring the full cost of licensing two separate editions of the software because you pay only the pricing difference.

Windows

Software Assurance for Windows includes a core set of benefits to help improve workforce productivity, streamline software deployment, and reduce costs in a variety of ways across devices. Software Assurance for Windows provides the greatest flexibility for how your organization uses the Windows operating system because it includes access to enterprise offerings and use rights that are not available through other licensing programs.


Learn more about the benefits of Software Assurance for Windows (PDF, 264 KB)

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) is a suite of technologies available exclusively to Software Assurance customers as an optional add-on subscription.


Use MDOP to:

  • Virtualize the operating system, applications, and user experience.

  • Manage and secure your devices, enabling monitoring and deployment of key Windows features.

  • Save time and remove challenges associated with troubleshooting and repairing system failures.

Learn more about MDOP

Technical and End-User Training

Software Assurance training benefits help build technical skills and ready IT professionals, developers, and end users for the latest wave of Microsoft technologies.

  • Technical instructor-led training is available to help technical professionals plan, deploy, administer, configure, maintain, and support Windows.

  • Online training and demonstration sessions are available to help end users improve their skills and familiarity with Windows.

Learn more about Software Assurance training benefits

Additional Software Assurance benefits for Windows

New Version Rights

With New Version Rights, each Microsoft product license that is covered by active Software Assurance can be upgraded to the most recent version for no additional cost. For example, if a new version of Windows is released during the term of your agreement, your licenses are automatically upgraded to the new version.

Windows Virtual Desktop Access Rights

Windows Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) Rights enable users to access virtual instances of Windows in a variety of user scenarios.

Windows To Go Use Rights

Windows To Go is a fully manageable corporate desktop running Windows 8.1 Enterprise edition on a bootable USB stick. With Windows To Go use rights, employees can use Windows To Go on any device that is licensed with Software Assurance for Windows.

Roaming Use Rights

Roaming Use Rights allow the primary user of any licensed device to access a virtual instance of Windows running in the datacenter (VDI) or Windows To Go from non-corporate devices, such as personally owned or hotel business center PCs, while away from the office.

Windows RT Companion Virtual Desktop Access Rights

Windows RT Companion Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) Rights allow the primary user of a licensed device rights to access a corporate desktop through a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) from a corporate-owned companion Windows RT 8.1 or Windows RT device, with no additional Windows license required.

Windows Embedded Industry Edition Rights

Windows Embedded Industry (part of the Windows Embedded family) is designed to meet the needs of industry devices like ATMs, point of service systems, kiosks, and medical devices. Windows Embedded Industry Edition Rights give you the ability to run current or prior versions of Windows Embedded Industry to ensure that you have the right Windows edition for any scenario, on any device.


Learn more about the Windows Embedded family of products

Windows Thin PC

Windows Thin PC is a smaller footprint version of Windows 8 that enables organizations to repurpose existing PCs as thin clients, thereby reducing the need for new thin client hardware. This benefit applies only to devices licensed with Software Assurance for Windows.

Windows Companion Subscription License

The Windows Companion Subscription License (CSL) is an optional subscription add-on that grants the primary user of a licensed device the rights to access a corporate desktop through either a VDI or Windows To Go on up to four devices that are capable of using these technologies. Devices eligible for licensed use include any type of personally owned device, as well as corporate-owned non-x86 devices.

Spread Payments

Spread the costs of your License and Software Assurance purchase across three equal, annual sums versus one up-front payment to help reduce initial costs and aid in forecasting annual software budget requirements up to three years in advance. When you use the Spread Payments benefit, no interest or additional fees are incurred.


You can also consider Microsoft Payment Solutions to help finance your technology needs, including software, services, partner products, and hardware. Microsoft Payment Solutions is separate from Software Assurance, and you can take advantage of the Software Assurance Spread Payments benefit, Microsoft Payment Solutions, or both, for a customized payment structure.

Enterprise Source Licensing Program

With the Enterprise Source Licensing Program (ESLP), companies that have 10,000 or more licensed desktop PCs in the systems pool covered with Software Assurance can gain access to Windows source code for internal development and support. Your IT staff can use the reference source code to improve the performance of Windows systems and related applications, enhance supportability, and augment system security. The ESLP provides source code for most major releases and service packs of Windows (client and server).


Learn more about Enterprise Source Licensing

Extended Hotfix Support

Extended Hotfix Support provides specific, non-security product fixes on a per-customer incident basis, beyond the standard product support terms and releases. A hotfix is an update to your software that typically addresses bugs or other problems you may be having. With Extended Hotfix, your organization can request non-security hotfixes for older Microsoft Business and Developer products beyond the Mainstream Support phase.


Learn more about Microsoft Support

Server and Cloud Platform

Software Assurance for Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform offers 24×7 support, deployment planning services, training, and the latest software releases to help you plan, deploy, and use Microsoft Server solutions. Specialized benefits, such as License Mobility, support a variety of deployment options with extended license rights that let you deploy existing server applications in shared datacenters, while Global Service Monitor extends the web application monitoring capabilities of System Center 2012.

Planning Services

Get in-depth planning assistance from qualified partners or Microsoft Services to help you plan your Server deployments, whether on-premises or in the cloud.


Use Planning Services to:

  • Help ensure efficient deployments through collaborative planning built on best practices.

  • Extend your IT staff with expert advice from on-site deployment planning specialists.

Learn more about Software Assurance Planning Services

Technical Training

Software Assurance Technical Training helps build technical skills and ready IT professionals and developers for the latest wave of Microsoft technologies. Instructor-led training helps technical professionals plan, deploy, implement, design, manage, and maintain environments using Windows Server, System Center, SQL Server, and Visual Studio. Training benefits support skills development on virtualization, cloud, data platform, business intelligence, messaging, and communications.


Learn more about Software Assurance training benefits

24x7 Problem Resolution Support

24x7 Problem Resolution Support provides around-the-clock phone and web incident support for Microsoft desktop and server products via a direct connection to Microsoft.

  • Maximize uptime and lower support costs.

  • Enhance IT productivity by reducing time spent troubleshooting and resolving issues.

Learn more about Microsoft Software Assurance Support

Additional Software Assurance benefits for Server and Cloud Platform

Cold Backups for Disaster Recovery

Cold Backups for Disaster Recovery provides additional licenses for servers used as offline (“cold”) backups, to help you recover in case of a catastrophic event. Cold backups help users regain access to critical data and applications following disasters and help protect the mission-critical solutions of your organization. For each server license you have with Software Assurance, you have the right to install the same software product on a “cold” backup server for disaster recovery.

Extended Hotfix Support

Extended Hotfix Support provides specific, non-security product fixes on a per-customer incident basis, beyond the standard product support terms and releases. A hotfix is an update to your software that typically addresses bugs or other problems you may have. With Extended Hotfix, your organization can request non-security hotfixes for older Microsoft Business and Developer products beyond the Mainstream Support phase.


Learn more about Microsoft Support

License Mobility Through Software Assurance

License Mobility Through Software Assurance gives you the flexibility to deploy certain server applications on-premises or in the cloud in an Authorized Mobility Partner’s datacenter, without having to buy additional licenses. License Mobility Through Software Assurance lets you take advantage of existing licensing investments by giving you increased flexibility to deploy workloads in a variety of cloud-hosting environments. It can help you lower your operating costs when you use an Authorized Mobility Partner’s shared infrastructure.


Learn more about License Mobility

New Version Rights

With New Version Rights, each Microsoft product license that is covered by active Software Assurance can be upgraded to the most recent version for no additional cost. For example, if a new version of a server product is available during the term of your coverage, your licenses are automatically upgraded to the new version.

Spread Payments

Spread the costs of your License and Software Assurance purchase across three equal, annual sums versus one up-front payment to help reduce initial costs and aid in forecasting annual software budget requirements up to three years in advance. When you use the Spread Payments benefit, no interest or additional fees are incurred.


You may also consider Microsoft Payment Solutions to help finance your technology needs, including software, services, partner products, and hardware. Microsoft Payment Solutions is a separate service from Software Assurance, and you can take advantage of the Software Assurance Spread Payments benefit, Microsoft Payment Solutions, or both, for a customized payment structure.

Step-up Licensing

Step-up Licensing enables you to migrate your software from a lower-level edition to a higher-level edition at a low cost. It makes it easier to move from a lower-level edition to a higher-level edition without incurring the full cost of licensing two separate editions of the software because you pay only the pricing difference.

System Center Global Service Monitor

Available exclusively to Software Assurance customers, System Center Global Service Monitor is a cloud service that extends the application monitoring capabilities in System Center 2012 beyond your organization’s own network boundary. Global Service Monitor uses Windows Azure points of presence to monitor and identify external factors to help give you a true reflection of an end-user's experience of a web application. System Center Global Service Monitor helps build a more comprehensive monitoring solution for your Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and web applications.


Learn more about System Center Global Service Monitor

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