Microsoft expanded Software Assurance (SA) grant for Windows SBS 2011 Standard.
Microsoft said that according to customers feedback the original SA grant for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard, to transition from existing SBS environments that was announced as part of the Windows Server 2012 announcements --was too limiting to provide the best deployment experience.
To address these concerns, the company has "expanded the SA grant to include two copies of Windows Server 2012 Standard and one copy of Exchange Server 2010 Standard."
In addtion, "customers with active Software Assurance coverage on Exchange Server 2010 Standard are eligible to upgrade to and use Exchange Server 2013 Standard when it releases" the company said.
Further, Microsoft notes expanded benefits will be available starting January 2013, and will be retroactively effective as of August 15, 2012.
Software Assurance benefits include:
- "Evaluating new software through TechNet
- Getting help with 24x7 phone and web support
- Reducing up-front costs through spread payments
- Reducing costs, streamlining management with MDOP
- Speeding disaster recovery with cold backups
- Preparing employees with online training
- Building technical skills with classroom training."