Software Assurance – Benefits update and changes for 2008

 

Packaged Services Benefit Updates

Effective May 2008, the Software Assurance Packaged Services benefit is more flexible, with simplified entitlement as well as broader availability across Microsoft Volume Licensing programs.

Simplified Entitlement

The entitlement has changed from the estimated amount spent on Software Assurance for Microsoft Office system applications to the number of qualified licenses for Office system applications covered by Software Assurance.

Broader Availability

In addition to Select License, Enterprise Agreement, and Enterprise Agreement Subscription program customers, Packaged Services is now available to Open Value and Open Value Subscription program customers. Qualifying acquisitions have also been expanded, with new entitlements based on customer size and additional product acquisitions.

Each Microsoft Office system license covered by Software Assurance for suites like Microsoft Office Standard 2007, Office Professional 2007, and Office Enterprise 2007—and individual applications like Microsoft Office Project 2007 Standard and Professional, Microsoft Visio 2007 Standard and Professional, and Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007—counts as one point. View point allotments below.

Microsoft Office System Points

Packaged Service Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each Microsoft Core Client Access License (CAL) Suite license covered by Software Assurance counts as one point.

And each Microsoft Enterprise CAL Suite license covered by Software Assurance counts as two points. View point allotments below.

Microsoft CAL Suites Points

Packaged Service Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Flexibility

Customers can choose from added service offerings—and take advantage of multiple consulting options during the term of their Software Assurance coverage. We’ve also simplified Training Voucher conversion options.

 

Retired Benefit: Information Work Solution Services (IWSS)

As of May 2008, IWSS consulting engagements are no longer available. Instead, you can provide your Open Value and Open Value Subscription program customers consulting engagements through the Packaged Services Software Assurance benefit, including Desktop Deployment Planning Services (DDPS) and SharePoint Deployment Planning Services (SDPS). Customers who meet the minimum coverage requirements will receive new Packaged Services days. Those in eligible agreements who have not met the minimum coverage requirements to receive Packaged Services days may convert unused Training Voucher days. Customers may complete IWSS engagements that have been reserved through a partner prior to April 30, 2008. Any vouchers that have not been used or reserved by that time will be converted back into eligible Training Voucher days.

NEW Benefit: SharePoint Deployment Planning Services (SDPS)

As of May 2008, Microsoft Certified Partners and Microsoft Consulting Services can offer SDPS, which introduces customers to advanced techniques, processes, and tools to assist in the deployment of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Learn how you can get trained and certified to deliver SDPS and increase your revenue opportunity.

Windows Benefits Updates

Microsoft has notified customers of these updates through email.

Clarifying the Role of Windows Vista Ultimate in Software Assurance for Enterprise Customers

Windows Vista Enterprise is the ideal operating system for enterprise customers, whereas Windows Vista Ultimate is ideal for consumer scenarios and is useful for enterprise customers in conference and training rooms. With this in mind, Windows Vista Ultimate entitlements for new customers with Software Assurance coverage for Windows Client licenses have changed as follows:

  • Customers with fewer than 600 Windows Vista Enterprise licenses are eligible to receive 5 Windows Vista Ultimate product keys.
  • Customers with 600 or more Windows Vista Enterprise licenses are eligible to receive 1 Windows Vista Ultimate product key for every 100 Windows Vista Enterprise licenses.

New DVD Playback Pack for Windows Vista Enterprise

In response to Windows Vista Enterprise customer requests, we’ve introduced a DVD Playback Pack that enables playback of DVD, MPEG-2, and 5.1-channel Dolby Digital files priced at US$4.32 per device. The combination of Windows Vista Enterprise and the DVD Playback Pack provides the most manageable version of Windows coupled with the most suitable media experience for enterprise users. Windows Vista Ultimate is not designed for broad enterprise deployment and should be used by enterprise and business customers for conference and training rooms only.

Discontinued Benefits

The following benefits are no longer available through Software Assurance. Microsoft has notified customers of these updates through email.

Information Work Solution Services (IWSS)

As of May 2008, IWSS consulting engagements are no longer available. Instead, you can provide your Open Value and Open Value Subscription program customers consulting engagements through the Packaged Services Software Assurance benefit, including DDPS and SDPS. Customers may complete IWSS engagements that have been reserved through a partner prior to April 30, 2008. Any vouchers that have not been used or reserved by that time will be converted back into eligible Training Voucher days.

Windows Preinstallation Environment (Win PE)

Updated for the Windows Vista operating system, this benefit is now called Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK), and is available to all customers as a free download.

Microsoft Virtual PC Express

Microsoft is investing strongly in virtualization technology for hardware and applications across clients and servers. As part of this investment, we’ve replaced Virtual PC Express with Microsoft Virtual PC 2007—available to all customers as a free download.

Exchange Server Applications Subscription

Also known as Exchange Intelligent Message Filter, this server-side tool helps detect and block spam email messages from being sent to users. It is available to all customers as part of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2.

Corporate Error Reporting (CER)

We’ve retired CER and granted all customers who were receiving CER perpetual rights to use this benefit even after their Software Assurance coverage expires. Additionally, Desktop Error Monitoring (DEM) is available to all customers with an active Software Assurance agreement between July 1, 2007, and December 31, 2007. DEM is a component of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) for Software Assurance, which is available as an add-on subscription. The DEM component may be used only on desktop PCs and servers covered by Software Assurance. Customers using this component are subject to the Product Use Rights (PUR) for MDOP and the terms and conditions of their agreements.

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