Windows Vista Enterprise only for Software Assurance customers

By Derek Sooman on February 28, 2006, 2:39 PM
It has emerged that Windows Vista Enterprise will only be available to those who sign up for Software Assurance. Enterprise, which is one of six versions of the next generation OS from Microsoft, will be available only via Microsoft's software maintenance program.

"There will probably be some pushback on that. There's already been pushback on buying Software Assurance because there's no guarantee [software] will be released during the term of the customer contract, " said David Orvis, license management services strategist at Software Spectrum, a Plano, Texas-based solution provider and major Microsoft reseller. "In some cases, it will help Microsoft get Software Assurance contracts. But Vista Enterprise being an entitlement only on SA? It will be a major issue. But I don't know how much of a backlash there will be."
Microsoft partners and industry analysts expect opposition to the requirement, since it is estimated that only 50 percent of Microsoft's business customers buy Software Assurance.

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PanicX said:
Software Assurance is a huge scam. For example, you can purchase Software Assurance (SA) for Client Access Licenses (CAL's) for various Windows Server Products. This allows you to change your CAL's from User based to Device based, or vise versa, when you have such a need (more users than devices or more devices than users). However the price of a CAL for exchange is about $60, but the price of a CAL with SA is about $90. So if you have 200 users/devices you'll pay $6000 more for SA when you could easily just add 100 more regular CAL's for that price as you see fit.
DragonMaster said:
It's because M$ doesn't have enough money ;-) Just 30M$ a day i think.
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