Gartner Research

Quantifying the Value of Software Assurance for Windows Client, 2009-2010 Update

Published: 01 December 2009

ID: G00171947

Analyst(s): Joe Skorupa, Michael Silver


Windows Client differs from other Microsoft products because every new PC ships with it. Organizations need to analyze the benefits and unique content of Software Assurance for Windows Client to decide whether it's worth the annual fee.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Benefits and Features of SA on Windows Client
    • Methodology
    • Pricing and Payments
    • New Version Upgrade Rights
    • W7E
    • MUI Language Packs and Switching
    • BitLocker and BitLocker To Go Drive Encryption
    • AppLocker
    • BranchCache (BC)
    • DirectAccess
    • Additional Windows Licenses
    • Subsystem for Unix-Based Applications (SUA)
  • Other Benefits of SA
    • Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs (WinFLP)
    • Hosted Virtual-Machine (VM) Licensing
    • Training Vouchers
    • 24/7 Telephone Support
    • Extended Support
    • MDOP

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