Microsoft released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) site with instructions for IT administrators to manage the Home Use Program (HUP) benefit through the Microsoft Store for Business.
The new Office 365 Home Use Program (HUP) benefit is added to the February 2019 Product Terms. If a customer has Software Assurance Membership coverage on the Applications pool then employees may buy an Office 365 Home or Personal subscription through the Microsoft Home Use Program website at a discounted rate.
What’s interesting (and different to its Office 2019 HUP counterpart) is that employees may renew the subscription at the special HUP price regardless of whether they’re still employed by the qualifying organization and that organization’s Software Assurance Membership coverage status.
For more information about the Microsoft Home Use Program Benefit, please see the February 2019 Product Terms, page 80: http://www.microsoftvolumelicensing.com/DocumentSearch.aspx?Mode=3&DocumentTypeId=1&.
The Microsoft Home Use Program is available to those customers who have active Software Assurance on their Microsoft Office licenses, and it enables users of licensed devices to buy Office products at a heavily discounted price for home use. Office 2019 is now available through this program with a choice of Office Professional Plus 2019, Office Home and Business 2019, Visio Professional 2019 and Project Professional 2019.
To find out more about the Home Use Program and to order the products, please visit: https://www.microsofthup.com/hupemea1/hup.aspx?culture=en-GB.
Microsoft Exchange Online Voice Mail Service has been added as a Software Assurance (SA) Benefit for Customers with active SA coverage for Microsoft Exchange Server Standard 2019 or Microsoft Exchange Server Enterprise 2019.
For more information on the Microsoft Exchange Online Voice Mail Service, please visit: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/servicedescriptions/exchange-online-service-description/voice-message-services
Microsoft announced that the E-Learning Software Assurance benefit is being replaced with Microsoft Learn, a completely free service for any customer to learn Microsoft products and services. Microsoft Learn helps you quickly learn new skills with step-by-step interactive tutorials including videos and hands-on learning. This is the link to the Microsoft Learn portal: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/.
Microsoft announced that Microsoft Extended Hotfix Support is no longer included as a Software Assurance (SA) benefit for new customers. Existing customers who had SA prior to July 1st, 2017 are unaffected. This was announced in the July 2017 Microsoft Product Terms (PT).
Please consider Microsoft Premium Assurance as an alternative for selected products.
In July 2017, the second series of Microsoft Premium Assurance is launching. As explained in an earlier post, the pricing of Microsoft Premium Assurance will constantly rise. The following table provides an overview of the different Microsoft Premium Assurance Series and the corresponding pricing evolution:
Microsoft Premium Assurance is now available. To provide you with further flexibility as your needs evolve, Microsoft is announcing two offerings that will help you run applications even longer: Microsoft Windows Server Premium Assurance and Microsoft SQL Server Premium Assurance.
These offerings add six additional years of product support beyond the end of Extended Support, allowing for up to 16 years of total support (typically five years each of Mainstream and Extended Support, plus the new six-year Premium Assurance period). Microsoft Premium Assurance offers security updates and bulletins rated “Critical” and “Important”, and is available for 2008 and newer versions. Additionally, these offerings are purchased as Add-ons to Software Assurance on eligible products.
Microsoft announced Premium Assurance which is a way of adding six more years of product support for either Microsoft Windows Server or Microsoft SQL Server. Microsoft Premium Assurance will be available in early 2017.
Starting May 2014, all new and renewing Volume Licensing agreements with Software Assurance will no longer include TechNet Subscription services benefits. Microsoft will continue to honor all TechNet Subscriptions for existing Software Assurance customers until the expiration of their current term of Software Assurance coverage or May 31, 2017, whichever is earlier.