Best way to upgrade software
Microsoft Software Assurance
Software Assurance (SA) is a simple way for Volume Licensing customer to keep current with the latest and most innovative Microsoft® products. SA replaced previous one-time upgrade programs, including Upgrade Advantage (UA), Version Upgrade (VUP), Product Upgrade (PUP) and Competitive Upgrade (CUP). Under the SA program, customers acquire the right to install any new released of products covered in the agreement during the term of their coverage.
Key benefits of the SA program include:
- Comprehensive technology protection
You can install any new release for licensed products enrolled in Software Assurance that become available during the covered period on your own schedule.
- Predictable budgeting
Software Assurance enables you to spread your license payments over 3 years when purchased through the Select License or Enterprise Agreement programs. In addition, you will avoid the financial spikes associated with varying products release schedules.
- Better license management
With Software Assurance, you can standardize on software version throughout your organization and maintain competitiveness through the latest products and technologies.
- Cost savings
Software Assurance coverage is prices at 29 percent of the License price per year for eligible application products (e.g. Microsoft Windows®, Microsoft Visio®, Microsoft Project, and Microsoft Office), and at 25 percent for eligible Microsoft server products (i.e., Microsoft Window 2000 Server, Microsoft SQL ServerTM, and Microsoft Exchange Server).