Software Assurance through the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement

Software Assurance

Software Assurance is easier to understand, manage, and use through the new Volume Licensing agreement.

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How does the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) make Software Assurance easier to understand, manage, and use?
The MPSA brings tools to help you manage Software Assurance and clearly see which benefits your organization has. Consolidated views show how Software Assurance benefits align to the licenses you’ve purchased. Simplified calculation processes for key benefits make it easy to understand how they’re earned. And easy-to-use self-service tools provide straightforward ways to immediately allocate, track usage, and efficiently manage your benefits.

How do I get started with Software Assurance with my organization’s MPSA?
The Microsoft Business Center (formerly, the Volume Licensing Center, or MVLC) is your destination for managing your Software Assurance benefits. The Business Center is an intuitive, easy-to-use system designed to help simplify the management and usage of your Software Assurance benefits. You’ll find a summary view of Software Assurance benefits, including quantities available and used, brief descriptions of each benefit, and clear ways to assign individual benefits to the appropriate users.

Sign in to the Business Center to see your organization's available Software Assurance benefits.

When can I start using my Software Assurance benefits through my MPSA?
Your Software Assurance benefits are ready to view and use once you sign in to the Microsoft Business Center. When you are signed in, you’ll find clear and simple instructions to get started with each benefit, links to more detailed information about each one, and sample communications to send to your users. Getting started and using each individual benefit may differ slightly, but the processes are similar for most benefits.

Sign in to the Business Center to see your organization's available Software Assurance benefits.

How should I create an action plan for using Software Assurance benefits?
Creating an action plan to use the range of Software Assurance benefits available through your MPSA will ensure that your company gains the greatest value for your business priorities. Depending on the size of your organization and the scope of your benefits, you can set up a team to ensure usage of your Software Assurance benefits. A small or midsize organization may find it 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 benefit managers and users:

IT Manager:

  • Deployment resources and tools (for example, Planning Services and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack)
  • Technical and end-user training (Training Vouchers and E-Learning)
  • 24x7 Problem Resolution Support (phone and web)
  • New Version Rights

Training Manager/HR Manager/IT Manager

  • Home Use Program (HUP)
  • End-user and technical training (E-Learning and Training Vouchers)

Where can I learn more about each Software Assurance benefit?
Each Software Assurance benefit brings unique value and useful tools to improve productivity across your organization. You can learn more about individual Software Assurance benefits. Note that when reviewing these benefit descriptions, you may see references to Software Assurance activation steps for Volume Licensing programs that differ from the simplified processes you’ll take with your MPSA. Visit the Microsoft Business Center for straightforward instructions to access and use your Software Assurance benefits through your MPSA.

  • Planning Services to enable efficient deployments
  • In-person and online training for IT pros and end users
  • Rights to new software releases during the term of your agreement at no additional cost
  • Access to unique technologies available only to Software Assurance customers
Where can I find details about Software Assurance benefit eligibility and terms and conditions with MPSA?
For details, refer to the Microsoft Product List and the MPSA Licensing Manual found on the Product Licensing Search page under Document Type.

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