Gartner Research

How to Quantify the Changing Value of Software Assurance for Windows Client, 2013 Update

Published: 25 April 2013

ID: G00248402

Analyst(s): Michael Silver, John Girard

Summary

We provide guidelines for IT leaders to analyze the benefits of Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows Client to decide whether it's worth the annual fee. The value will vary depending on whether the organization is deploying Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • Benefits and Features of SA on Windows Client
    • Methodology
  • New Version Rights
  • Windows Enterprise
    • MUI, Language Packs and Switching
    • BitLocker (and BitLocker To Go) Drive Encryption
    • AppLocker
    • BranchCache
    • DirectAccess
    • Sideloading Key
  • Other SA Benefits — Use Rights
    • Hosted Virtual Desktop (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) Licensing — VDA
    • Windows To Go
    • Roaming Use Rights
    • Local Virtualization Rights
    • Windows Thin PC
    • Windows RT as a Companion Device
  • Training Vouchers
  • 24/7 Telephone Support
  • Extended Support
  • Pricing and Payments
  • Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack
  • Companion Subscription License

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