It’s familiar and easy to use. Windows 10 was built to bring the best of Windows 7 and 8.1 together in one natural user experience that dynamically adjusts to the way you work. With Tablet Mode*, whether you’re working on a tablet, laptop, or 2-in-1 device, you’ll see how Windows 10 offers a touch-friendly, mobile, and desktop experience all in one operating system.

Upgrade with confidence. With strong app and device compatibility, you can now perform an in-place upgrade** directly to Windows 10 with all your apps, settings, and devices. Purchasing new devices? You can quickly set up new devices out of the box with your corporate apps, data, and settings without having to create and manage images.

Simplify IT and save. Windows 10 is our last major Windows system release. With Windows as a service, we’re beginning the journey to simplify the delivery and management of Windows, while providing the most flexible management and deployment options today. With One Windows, we have one app platform, one security model, and one management approach that can reduce complexity and save costs.

*Hardware dependent.

**Hardware/software requirements apply; feature availability may vary. Internet connection required. To check for compatibility and other important installation information, visit your device manufacturer’s website and Windows 10 Specifications and Systems Requirements. Additional requirements may apply over time for updates.
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Unique Software Assurance benefits


Software Assurance provides access to enterprise offerings and unique use rights to extend the Windows experience across your organization. Software Assurance benefits for Windows include a core set of technologies, services, and use rights to help improve productivity, streamline software deployments, and reduce costs in a variety of ways across devices.

Flexible access to Windows Enterprise


One of the most valuable benefits you receive through Windows Software Assurance and Windows Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) is flexible access to Windows Enterprise. This table outlines those access rights. For full details about the access rights granted, refer to the Software Assurance Benefits section of the Microsoft Volume Licensing Product Terms.

Per user
Per Device
Access rights to Windows Enterprise: Software Assurance Virtual Desktop Access Software Assurance Virtual Desktop Access
Local install
Any device licensed for Windows 7/8/8.1/10 Pro or Enterprise and any Windows tablet with a diagonal screen size of 10.1 inches or less
Any device licensed for Windows 7/8/8.1/10 Pro or Enterprise and any Windows tablet with a diagonal screen size of 10.1 inches or less
The licensed device only The licensed device only if also licensed for Windows 7/8/8.1/10 Pro or Enterprise
Remote access through Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) or Windows To Go Any device Any device Noncorporate devices while away from the office (through Roaming Use Rights) Noncorporate devices while away from the office (through Roaming Use Rights)

Software Assurance benefits


Whether you license Windows Software Assurance or Windows VDA on a per-device or per-user basis, you receive a number of benefits specific to Windows. Learn more about the unique benefits of Software Assurance for Windows.

To learn about your options for acquiring Windows Software Assurance, see How to buy.

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