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:
Continue reading Microsoft Premium Assurance Pricing Series 2
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.
Continue reading Microsoft Premium Assurance for Microsoft Windows Server or Microsoft SQL Server
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.
Continue reading Microsoft TechNet Subscription retirement
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.
Continue reading Microsoft Windows Enterprise licensing changes
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
Volume license customers with access to the Microsoft Home Use Program (HUP) have immediate access to Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 for use at home. Continue reading Microsoft Office 2013 available in Home Use Program (HUP)