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Microsoft Software Assurance benefits for Office can help your organization accelerate deployment and improve end-user productivity. Use your benefits to help IT staff efficiently deploy and manage Microsoft Office products and Office 365 and get the newest software releases. Moving to Office 365? Improve productivity with Office home-use licenses, and take advantage of end-user group and online training to help enhance skills. 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, Skype for Business, and SharePoint.
 
Note that Planning Services are being retired. Cloud deployment planning will no longer be eligible starting in February 2020 and Planning Services will be fully retired on January 1, 2022. Instead, Microsoft FastTrack can help you accelerate onboarding, drive adoption, and help users get the most from the cloud. Learn more about FastTrack for Office 365 and see the Benefit details page for information on the coming changes.
 
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.

Technical training

 
Software Assurance training benefits help build technical skills and ready IT professionals and developers.
 
Note that training vouchers are being retired. Azure training will no longer be part of the course catalog starting in February 2020 and training vouchers will be fully retired on January 1, 2022. See the Benefit details page for information on the coming changes.
 
Use training vouchers to:
  • Boost productivity by providing in-depth instructor-led technical training for IT professionals and developers.
  • Help with effective and efficient deployment, management, support, and adoption of new Microsoft products 
 

Home Use Program

  • The Microsoft Home Use Program provides your employees a way to buy Office 365 subscriptions as well as the latest versions of Visio and Project software to use at home at a substantial discount. The Microsoft Home Use Program provides both employees and organizations with exceptional value; providing an economical means for employees to use the same productivity tools at home that they use at work.

Additional Software Assurance benefits for Office

 

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.


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 Online Server (OOS) provides browser-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote from on-premises environments. OOS is version-less and provides most of Office Online service features through regular software updates. OOS succeeds Office Web Apps Server 2013.

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 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 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.

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