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Windows 7 Enterprise Edition; Understanding Software As
As Brandon just posted about, MSDN and TechNet Plus Subscribers can now download Windows 7.
Starting tomorrow August 7th, our Software Assurance/Volume License customers will be able to download the Windows 7 Enterprise Edition as well.
We are also planning an Enterprise Edition Evaluation version to be released in the near future. Watch for more details on that here in this blog. (Evaluation version was mentioned in Brandon’s previous post here)
To ensure there is no confusion, I wanted to take a moment to clarify a few points:
What features do I not have in Windows 7 Professional that I would have in Windows 7 Enterprise?
Windows 7 Professional does not support key features like DirectAccess, BitLocker Drive Encryption, BitLocker To Go, Enterprise Search Scopes, VDI experience enhancements, BranchCache, and Multilingual User Interface Language Packs.
What is Volume Licensing?
Volume Licensing is the most affordable way to upgrade your existing PCs to Windows 7. If your PCs are not already covered by Software Assurance, you can purchase upgrade licenses through a Volume Licensing program to gain access to Windows 7 Enterprise.
Windows licenses available through Volume Licensing are upgrade-only licenses. They do not replace purchasing the initial Windows licenses for software that comes pre-installed on new PCs. Each desktop that runs the Windows 7 upgrade must first be licensed to run one of the qualifying operating systems (Windows Vista (Enterprise/Business/Ultimate) or Windows XP (Professional)—otherwise the PC will not have a valid, legal Windows license.
What is Software Assurance?
When you acquire Windows 7 Professional licenses, either through Volume Licensing upgrades or through an OEM, you can cover those licenses with Software Assurance to get rights to Windows 7 Enterprise, that offers unique benefits such as, BitLocker Drive Encryption and Multilingual User Interface Language Packs, as well as access to the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack. You can learn more about Software Assurance here.
What else do I get with Software Assurance?
· Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) - MDOP is an add-on subscription license that provides innovative technologies to help better control the desktop PC, accelerate and simplify desktop PC deployments and management, and create a dynamic infrastructure by turning software into centrally-managed services. Learn more about MDOP here.
Windows 7 Enterprise is another example of Microsoft’s commitment to delivering continual innovation to enterprises around the globe. We look forward to working with you and continuing to share more information about Windows 7 and what it has to offer our business customers.
If you have more questions you can read our Guide to Windows Volume Licensing.
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