your Microsoft Software Licenses due for Renewal?
In May 2001, Microsoft introduced version 6 of its volume licensing
programmes, which significantly changed the way users upgrade
their software as new versions are released. Many upgrade options
were deleted in favour of a single upgrade programme, called
To assist users in the transition to Volume Licensing 6.0
and SA, Microsoft instituted a transition period. This was due
to the fact Volume Licensing 6.0 rules dictate that SA, the only
upgrade available, may only be purchased at the same time as
the full product. The transition period ran from 1st October
2001 to July 31st 2002.
Many of the SAs taken during the transition period which were
taken out two years ago are coming up for renewal.
Why choose Software Assurance?
Software Assurance gives organisations access to tomorrows
technology at todays price by spreading payments annually.
Assurance, you also have access to valuable tools and resources
to ensure that you can perform important tasks in the most efficient
Benefits of Software Assurance
Assurance includes a wide range of benefits, including rights
to install new versions of software as they are released, home
use rights for Office Systems, problem resolution support during
business hours and Microsoft's self-paced training courses. Desktop
and server offerings include different benefits.
For more information on the benefits of Software
Assurance including its value in todays business environment
please feel free to contact your Microsoft Volume License Reseller.
What should you do next?
If you have SA or are contemplating
the purchase of SA it is essential that you immediately review
the features of the new programme and calculate the return on
investment (ROI) before making any purchasing decisions.
If you are contemplating SA
you should also review in-process Microsoft projects to determine
if the benefits of SA can assist with these project efforts.
Windows PE, for example, can facilitate the installation and/or
migration of a new Windows release initiative. E-learning materials
can help with training requirements for an Office 2003 installation
If you did not choose Software
Assurance previously you should review the offering again
to see if the benefits of the programme will outweigh the cost
of the coverage. For most users, the financial impact will be
positive. You should also consider the financial impact of the
programme outside IT. For most users, there will be a positive
The suite of benefits in Software
Assurance is broad enough, and flexible enough, to appeal
to companies of all sizes. However, because the needs of each
business are different, you should evaluate the benefits available
to you and craft an individual programme that best suits your
Check your current Microsoft
licenses and ascertain if any are due to expire now or over the
next few months. If your agreement is due for renewal soon, act
now to ensure you capitalise on the benefits of Software
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