New : MS per user licensing for SA customers


Microsoft announces per user licensing for Enterprise Customers

(from MS website. Link to original at end of this post)

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 offers the experiences that users love while delivering enterprise-grade capabilities that IT departments need. Whether you want to upgrade your PCs to Windows 8.1, gain access to offerings such as Software Assurance and the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, or use Windows with greater flexibility, there is a Microsoft Volume Licensing solution that is right for your organization.

What’s new

License access to Windows Enterprise on a per user basis

Now you can license access to Windows Enterprise on a per user basis through the new Windows Software Assurance per User and Windows VDA per User licensing options. These options put your users at the center of your Windows licensing solution, give you flexible options for how you deploy and access Windows across devices, and simplify Windows licensing and management.

With per user licensing you can:

  • Free your users to use or access Windows Enterprise across all their devices.
  • Deliver Windows Enterprise across devices through local install, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), or Windows To Go.*
  • Gain the simplicity of counting users instead of counting all of their various devices—enabling Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) scenarios without the need to track every device and license.

*Subject to licensing and technical limitations

Flexible access to Windows Enterprise

One of the most valuable benefits you receive through Windows Software Assurance and Windows Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) is flexible access to Windows Enterprise. This table outlines those access rights. For full details about the access rights granted, refer to the Software Assurance Benefits section of theMicrosoft Volume Licensing Product Use Rights (PUR).

Access Rights to Windows Enterprise:

Per User

Per Device

Software Assurance

Virtual Desktop Access

Software Assurance

Virtual Desktop Access

Local Install
Any device licensed for Windows 7/8/8.1 Pro or Enterprise and any Windows tablet with a diagonal screen size of 10.1 inches or less The licensed device only The licensed device only if also licensed for Windows 7/8/8.1 Pro or Enterprise
Remote Access Through Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) or Windows To Go
Any device Noncorporate devices while away from the office (through Roaming Use Rights)

Software Assurance benefits

Whether you license Windows Software Assurance or Windows VDA on a per device or per user basis, you receive a number of benefits specific to Windows. Learn more about the unique benefits of Software Assurance for Windows.

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