How can Software Assurance help you?

Software Assurance benefits help you take full advantage of your investments in IT. A comprehensive program that includes a unique set of technologies, services, and rights to help deploy, manage, and use Microsoft products efficiently, Software Assurance helps keep your business up to date and ready to respond quickly to change and opportunity.
Why Software Assurance? Getting Software Assurance Managing Software Assurance Using Software Assurance

Getting Software Assurance

Microsoft Volume Licensing is the most cost-effective, flexible, and manageable way to acquire Microsoft software and cloud services. Software Assurance is only available through Volume Licensing and is purchased when you buy or renew a Volume Licensing agreement. It is included with some agreements and is an optional purchase with others. The Software Assurance benefits chart (PDF, 768) provides a summary of the benefits available by Volume Licensing agreement.
Volume Licensing programs are tailored to the needs of different types and sizes of organization.
Open License Open Value/ Subscription Microsoft Products and Services Agreement Enterprise Agreement/ Subscription
Number of users or devices required

5 or more

5 or more

250 or more

250 or more

Software Assurance Optional
Optional Included
How to buy


VAR/distributor/reseller Licensing Solution Provider (LSP)

Licensing Solution Provider (LSP)

Software Assurance is also available through Volume Licensing for government, academic, health, and nonprofit organizations.
Find a Microsoft partner or visit Microsoft Volume Licensing to learn more about how to buy through Volume Licensing.

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Compare Software Assurance benefits across Microsoft Volume Licensing programs.

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