Windows 8.1 Enterprise Upgrade

One of the fundamentals of MS licensing has been changed. It’s always been the case that:

“the only way to get Windows Enterprise is to buy Pro + SA”

Well not anymore!

As of March 2014, there is a standalone Windows 8.1 Enterprise SKU available via Volume Licensing.

Why?

This means organizations who can’t/won’t enter into an agreement with Software Assurance can now benefit from things such as:

  • Direct Access
  • AppLocker
  • Windows To Go

and more

Other SA benefits are not effected so things such as:

  • New Version Rights
  • MDOP
  • Virtualization

etc. are still only available with SA.

What else has changed?

It is now ONLY possible to attached SA to the Enterprise Upgrade SKU.

This takes away one relatively common practise. Organizations would often buy machines with Windows Pro OEM and then attach Windows SA within 90 days. This is no longer possible as SA can be attached only to Enterprise – and that won’t come pre-loaded on machines.

If you bought the OEM devices before July 1st 2014, you still have the 90 days to purchase SA. Once that date passes, it will no longer be possible.

2 Replies to “Windows 8.1 Enterprise Upgrade”

  1. You can buy facebook, instagram, twitter, vine followers, likes, comments and more from PublicBoost .
    com

    Hiya very nice website!! Man .. Beautiful .. Wonderful
    .. I’ll bookmark your blog and take the feeds additionally?

    I am satisfied to find numerous helpful info here in the post, we’d like develop extra strategies
    on this regard, thank you for sharing. . . .
    . .

  2. Can I just say what a comfort to find an individual who genuinely understands what they are talking about on the
    net. You actually understand how to bring a problem to light and
    make it important. More people really need to read this and understand this
    side of your story. I can’t believe you aren’t more popular because you
    definitely possess the gift.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s