The licensed device only Software Assurance benefits Whether you license Windows Software Assurance or Windows VDA on a per-device or per-user basis, you receive a number of benefits specific to Windows.
Learn more about the unique benefits of Software Assurance for Windows. To learn about your options for acquiring Windows Software Assurance, see How to buy. Each of these can be purchased on a per-device or per-user basis, and are only available through Volume Licensing.
Windows 10 Enterprise E3 Windows 10 Enterprise E3 provides access to Windows 10 Enterprise Edition, and includes advanced protection against modern security threats, a broad range of options for operating system deployments and updates, and comprehensive device and application management.
Windows 10 Enterprise E5 Windows 10 Enterprise E5 is the newest offer for customers who want to take advantage of everything in E3 with the addition of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Windows Defender ATP —a security service that helps enterprises detect, investigate, and respond to advanced attacks on their networks. Building on the existing security defenses in Windows 10, Windows Defender ATP provides a post-breach layer of protection to the Windows 10 security stack. With a combination of client technology built into Windows 10 and a robust cloud service, it can help detect threats that have made it past other defenses, provide enterprises with information to investigate the breach across endpoints, and offer response recommendations.
Learn more about Software Assurance. Licensing Windows Software Assurance on a per-device basis You can license Windows Software Assurance on a per-device basis in the following ways: When you purchase a Windows 10 Enterprise Upgrade license through Volume Licensing, you can also acquire Software Assurance for that license.
These options put your users at the center of your Windows licensing solution, give you flexible options for how you deploy and access Windows across devices, and simplify Windows licensing and management.
With per user licensing you can: Enable users to access Windows Enterprise across all of their devices. Gain the simplicity of counting users instead of counting all of their various devices—enabling Bring Your Own Device BYOD scenarios eliminates the need to track every device and license. Only certain editions of the Windows operating system qualify for upgrades under Volume Licensing agreements. If your operating system license qualifies, you can purchase the Windows 10 Pro Upgrade license or Windows 10 Enterprise Upgrade license under your Volume Licensing agreement.
Note that Windows licenses that are available through Volume Licensing are upgrade-only licenses and can only be acquired on top of a base operating system license; these licenses are not a replacement for a pre-existing full operating system license. The following conditions must be met for a licensed PC to be eligible for a Volume Licensing upgrade license: A licensed, qualifying Windows operating system must already be installed on the device that will be assigned the Volume Licensing upgrade license.
You must remove the existing qualifying operating system from the device to deploy the Volume Licensing upgrade license, unless the PC is covered by Microsoft Software Assurance. If you want to install or run more than one licensed operating system at one time including the qualifying operating system , you can either: Acquire Software Assurance for your Volume Licensing upgrade license.
Purchase full Windows licenses separately. Sign in to the Volume Licensing Service Center.
Microsoft has simplified editions with Windows Home for Home users. Pro for business professionals and Enterprise for corporate needs.