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How to Quantify the Changing Value of Software Assurance for Windows Client, 2016 Update

Published: 28 January 2016

ID: G00294317

Analyst(s): Joe Skorupa , Phil Schacter, John Girard, Michael Silver, Peter Firstbrook

Summary

The features included with Software Assurance change significantly with Windows 10. We provide guidelines for end-user computing managers to analyze the benefits to decide whether it's worth the annual fee.

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • Benefits and Features of SA on Windows Client
  • Methodology
  • New Version Upgrade Rights
  • Windows Enterprise Features and Benefits
    • AppLocker
    • BitLocker (and BitLocker To Go) Drive Encryption
    • BranchCache
    • Device Guard (Including Credential Guard)
    • DirectAccess
    • Granular UX Control
  • Other SA Benefits — Use Rights
    • Local VMs
    • Roaming Rights
    • Windows RT as a Companion Device
    • Windows Thin PC
    • Windows To Go
    • VDA — Hosted Virtual Desktop/Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Licensing
  • MDOP
    • AGPM
    • App-V
    • DaRT
    • MBAM
    • UE-V
  • Enterprise Benefits
    • Extended Support
    • LTSB
    • Pricing and Payments
    • Support Incidents
    • Training Vouchers

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