Microsoft Software Assurance (SA) 24×7 problem resolution support is being retired Feb 1, 2023. See how this change impacts you if it makes sense to continue on with MS Software Assurance. If you stay with SA, what on-premise Microsoft support options are available?
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Microsoft Software Assurance (SA) is a comprehensive program that includes a unique set of technologies, services, and rights for using a minimum of 5 Microsoft products for on-premise use (not Cloud). Software Assurance helps keep your business up to date and ready to respond quickly to change and opportunity.
Phone incident award
You may submit a request via the web or by phone to receive a call back from support. Initial response time will be 2-8 business hours depending on the severity of your issue.
Your phone support incident will be decremented from your Software Assurance total phone incident award entitlements.
Unlimited email support
Email support is available only for server products and non-critical issues. In order to submit a request for email support, your organization must have the required Software Assurance coverage for server software and related CALs.
Responses to your email support requests will occur during support team business hours which may be in a different time zone than your own.
You can convert Software Assurance (SA) Problem Resolution Support (PRS) incidents to Premier Problem Resolution Support until February 2023 by reserving the incidents for Premier through the VLSC and contacting your Technical Account Manager (TAM). The conversion ratio will depend on local Premier list prices and can vary by country/region.
Starting February 1, 2023, Problem Resolution Support incidents can no longer be transferred to a Microsoft
For many the benefits of Software Assurance including step-up licensing, license mobility and disaster recover rights are important parts of their Microsoft roadmap.
Unified Support’s growing year-over-year support costs for comprehensive support are not a fit for most but the largest of enterprises.
Microsoft business support (formerly Professional) sold by incident have the slowest resolution times and may not suffice for some organizations. For those who need something between incidents and Unified support, they should consider Microsoft third-party support.