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MOSS2007 and Office Software Assurance

  Asked By: Alyssa    Date: Feb 17    Category: MOSS    Views: 908

We're in the beginning stages of a new implementation of MOSS2007. We
currently have Microsoft Software Assurance on Office 2003 which
allows us to upgrade to Office 2007. We are evaluating the benefit of
continuing Software Assurance on the Office product versus allowing
it to expire and locking in on the Office 2007 version for the next
three or four years. We have already opted out of Software Assurance
for MOSS2007.

One of the considerations for us in making the decision on whether or
not to take Software Assurance for Office is any future impact that
it may have on our MOSS implementation and the business processes
that get built around it. We don't have any specific plans to utilize
any particular integration between Office 2007 and MOSS, but we
expect that it will occur progressively nonetheless.

In the case of MS Server 2003, there was an interim release (R2) that
was only available to customers who had Software Assurance. Our
concern is that down the road Microsoft may offer an interim release
for Office 2007 which may only be available to Software Assurance
customers. In other words, if we do not take Software Assurance, we
wonder if we may be denied access to certain patches or interim

Assuming that this is possible, could there be some future
patch/hotfix that is required to maintain any existing integration
with MOSS2007? What is the likelihood of this happening? Are we
likely to unwittingly build in a dependency in MOSS that relies on a
Software Assurance-only Office 2007 update?



1 Answer Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Danny Shaw     Answered On: Feb 17

Generally, the plan is (or so i have heard) that Microsoft plan to release
interim products for all server and desktop products. Interim server releases
will be revision 2 (R2) and desktop products will be desktop 2 (D2) and if you
buy into both updates you should get a better experience (R2D2 - geddit).

Anyway, thats what I've heard

R2 and D2 are product improvements and should be considered even stand alone
versions - as such they will not be required to keep what you have talking to
what you have got - but you wont get any additional functionality that is
released. Be aware thought that software  assurance isn't just about getting the
most up to date version - you also get free Microsoft support, free training,
use at home rights - on site professional visits and so on and so forth as part
of the program

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