Gartner Research

How to Quantify the Value of Software Assurance for Windows Client

Published: 24 July 2008

ID: G00158083

Analyst(s): Frances O'Brien, Michael Silver


Windows Client differs from other Microsoft products because every new PC ships with a copy of 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
    • New Version Upgrade Rights
    • WVE
    • MUI Language Packs
    • BitLocker Drive Encryption
    • Additional Windows Licenses
    • Subsystem for Unix-Based Applications (SUA)
    • Windows on Diskless PCs
  • 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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