What is Software Assurance?
When you acquire licenses through the Academic Select program, you can enroll those licenses in Software Assurance. Software assurance helps you get the most from your software by providing the right to run any new release of a covered product during the term of the agreement (free upgrades). You also have access to eLearning content for your covered products.
Software Assurance is a Microsoft ‘Subscription’ that allows you to get free upgrades to the next software version without having to buy another license. As of July 2002, Microsoft has stopped selling upgrade versions of software in their volume licensing plans. If you purchased bulk copies of Office 2003 and then Office 2007 became available, without Software Assurance you must buy another license to be able to use the new version, upgrades do not exist anymore. Read more about Software Assurance from Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/programs/sa/.
Software assurance is the set of processes and activities set in place to ensure that software systems within an organization comply with internal and external requirements, standards and procedures. The need for software assurance arises out of necessity to control costs, adhere to timelines, and minimize risks of software not performing as intended or posing security risks to the organization.
Software Assurance encompasses a developing set of methods and processes for ensuring that software functions as intended without introducing vulnerabilities, malicious code, or defects that can bring harm to the end user.
Software Assurance is an annual subscription plan to help our customers keep current with new product releases. It also provides with auto-updates for all new rules that we publish while your subscription is active. When we release a new version of our products, customers with a current maintenance subscription can receive the upgrade at no additional charge. Customers without maintenance can purchase the new release by paying an upgrade fee which is still considerably lower than the full price. Software Assurance is the most cost effective and convenient way to stay current with the latest versions of our products.