You’ve probably already heard some of the main benefits your organisation can gain through Software Assurance for Microsoft volume licensing. SA makes software upgrades, license management and desktop support easier for enterprises regardless of the operating system they’re using. With the impending launch of Windows 8, however, organisations with SA can get a number of new perks. Consider which benefits might suit your organisational needs in the years to come.
Windows 8 Enterprise availability and features
Organisations can get the rights to run the Enterprise version of Windows 8 if they have SA for Windows 8 Pro or Windows Intune and Windows Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) licenses. Even when the SA term ends, organisations will still have access to the use rights for the Enterprise edition. Organisations with SA can also run the Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack, which enables features such as desktop and application virtualisation and the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT).
Much of the new SA benefits for Windows 8 Enterprise customers are aimed at enabling greater work flexibility and mobility. To allow employees to access their corporate desktop from anywhere, Microsoft has implemented Windows To Go. Organisations with SA will have the right to use a USB drive to power up a portable desktop image on their company-owned device or home computer.
What about personal devices? Microsoft licensing will cover that space with the Companion Device License. For employees with personal, non-Windows devices, this license will allow them to run their corporate desktop on four different devices in a Bring Your Own Device scenario as long as they have a main SA-licensed PC. Employees will be able to access their desktop through Windows To Go or virtual desktop infrastructure.
Not only can employees access their desktop through VDI on their personal devices — they will now be able to take advantage of extended VDA rights for Windows RT, a Windows 8 version for ARM devices. If used as a companion device of a PC with SA, Windows RT can run a VDI image.