Microsoft Premium Assurance Pricing Series 2

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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:

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Microsoft Premium Assurance for Microsoft Windows Server or Microsoft SQL Server available

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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 Premium Assurance for Microsoft Windows Server or Microsoft SQL Server

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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.

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Microsoft TechNet Subscription retirement

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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.

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Microsoft Windows Enterprise licensing changes

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Starting March 1, 2014 customers will have the possibility to license Microsoft Windows Enterprise without Software Assurance. However, customers holding Software Assurance only will no longer be entitled to use Windows Enterprise.

In order to get the usage right for Windows Enterprise, the acquisition of an Enterprise Upgrade licence is now generally required.

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Microsoft Visual Studio Step-up Promotion

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Between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2014, Microsoft will offer a 30% discount on

  • Step-Up from Visual Studio Pro with MSDN to Visual Studio Premium with MSDN and
  • Step-Up from Visual Studio Premium with MSDN to Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN

to customers with active Software Assurance coverage and purchasing these products via Enterprise Volume Licensing. Continue reading Microsoft Visual Studio Step-up Promotion

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2012 is available

MDOP includes six products. Its virtualization technologies help personalize the user experience, simplify application deployment and improve application compatibility with the Windows operating system, while its management technologies help to manage, monitor, deploy and repair key Windows features such as BitLocker and Group Policy. By using MDOP, IT departments are able to shift desktop repairs from reactive to proactive, save time and remove many challenges associated with troubleshooting and repairing system failures. And with 44 million licenses sold its clear businesses are finding value in the products. Continue reading Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2012 is available