New Software Assurance Enhancements Go LiveBy Don E. Sears | Print
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Redmond's Software Assurance program is focused on luring customers with a couple exclusive-to-the-program benefits. Will customers take to the latest crop, including two operating system exclusives?Microsoft this week rolled out expected enhancements to its Software Assurance (SA) annuity-licensing program.
Microsoft announced the planned changes to the SA program in September 2005.
The changes include new planning, deployment, migration and legacy services designed for volume licensees. Two of the new benefits new Windows releases -- are exclusive to Software Assurance customers and aimed at mid- to large-size enterprise customers. These two releases are the Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs "lean client," due to ship in May, 2006, and the Windows Vista Enterprise version, expected in November, when the full Vista family is expected to ship.
Another new benefit of the SA program is new Desktop Deployment Planning Services. These services take the form of a one- to ten-day organizational and "business value" planning session between customers and either Microsoft Certified partners or Microsoft Consulting Services.
Other SA benefits include Extended Training: eLearning, Home Use, Employee Purchase and Enterprise Source License programs.
For additional information on the program, go to:
Other SA benefits include Extended Training: eLearning, Home Use, Employee Purchase and Enterprise Source License programs. For additional information on the program, go to: http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/programs/sa/default.mspx