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September 15, 2005

Microsoft Spiffs Up Software Assurance

Posted by David Hunter at 10:52 AM ET.

If you don’t deal with volume licensing of Microsoft products, you probably haven’t given much thought to the foibles of their Software Assurance offering. Anyhow, Microsoft has felt the need to enhance it as announced today:

Microsoft Corp. today announced that it will add and enhance benefits to its maintenance offering, Software Assurance (SA). The new benefits, scheduled to be available to customers in March 2006, demonstrate Microsoft’s commitment to listen to customer feedback and extend the value of SA beyond that of a typical maintenance offering, which includes only support and upgrades, to a more comprehensive offering that helps ensure customers have access to support, new version rights, technology and comprehensive resources throughout the life of their software.

There are a variety of new features, but one which caught my eye was:

Windows Vista™ Enterprise is available exclusively as a benefit of Software Assurance and is designed to help midsize and larger organizations significantly lower IT costs and improve IT efficiency.

So one of the Vista versions described by Paul Thurrott is an exclusive for Software Assurance customers.

And there’s another exclusive OS as well:

Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs (formerly code-named “Eiger”). For enterprise customers concerned with security and manageability of legacy PCs running legacy operating systems, but that are not in a position to replace those PCs, Microsoft is introducing Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs as an exclusive benefit to SA customers. Based on Windows XP Embedded with Service Pack 2, Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs is designed to provide a bridge solution that enables customers to get additional life out of legacy PCs while reducing security risks and improving manageability as well as providing an easy upgrade path to new PC hardware running either Windows XP or Windows Vista.

Filed under Fundamentals, General Business, Licensing, OS - Client, Windows Vista

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5 Responses to “Microsoft Spiffs Up Software Assurance”

  1. Microsoft News Tracker » Blog Archive » Vista Licensing Problems Down Under Says:

    [...] NSW is New South Wales which is the most heavily populated and urbanized state in Australia. It includes Sydney. I’ve mentioned exclusive licensing of certain Vista versions through the Microsoft Systems Assurance program previously and it now looks like some campers aren’t happy.   [Permalink] [...]

  2. Microsoft News Tracker » Allchin says Microsoft will skip Vista Beta 2 Says:

    [...] The Vista Enterprise Edition restricted to Software Assurance customers was announced in September and has already drawn some customer criticism. Filed under OS – Client, Windows Vista, Executives, Beta and CTP, Jim Allchin Listen to this article   [Permalink] [...]

  3. Microsoft News Tracker » Windows Vista Versions Finalized? Says:

    [...] Neowin has the buzz from “sources close to Microsoft” who say they will be released in late October. Hit the link for the details, but there are 6 versions (8 if you count the “N” versions for the EU) and they are essentially the same as the line up that was rumored last year except that the Windows Vista Enterprise version promised exclusively to Microsoft Software Assurance subscribers is missing. Since that one has effectively been announced already, I suspect its absence is merely an oversight. [...]

  4. Microsoft delays Windows Fundamentals -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Nate Mook at BetaNews reports that Windows Fundamentals, which had been expected to ship this month, has been delayed until late 2006 for no stated reason. If you’ll recall from when it was announced last year, Fundamentals is rather an odd duck. It’s based on Windows XP Embedded and designed for aging PCs that don’t have the oomph to run regular Windows XP and it’s only available to members of Microsoft’s Software Assurance licensing program. It’s not clear whether any Software Assurance customers will be discomfited by the delay. Filed under OS – Client, Embedded, XP Embedded, General Business, Licensing, Fundamentals, Microsoft Listen to this article   [Permalink] [...]

  5. Whatever happened to “Eiger?” -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Yesterday, reminded us of “Eiger” now known as Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs. It’s based on Windows XP Embedded, available only to Microsoft System Assurance customers (i.e. business customers), and designed to be run on legacy PCs that don’t have the oomph to run Windows XP. The advantage is better security and maintainability which would be nice in view of the imminent, inglorious end of service of Windows 98. The unfortunate answer is that despite initial plans to ship Fundamentals in June 2006, it has been pushed back to later in the year. I wasn’t too enthusiastic about it before, but with Windows 98 left hanging with a large security flaw, Fundamentals is turning out to be very late to the party. Filed under OS – Client, Windows XP, Embedded, XP Embedded, General Business, Licensing, Fundamentals, Obsolescence, Windows 98, Microsoft   [Permalink] [...]

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