Nope. In fact, with a retail upgrade as a Small Business, you can buy the single upgrade, but that is far less flexibility and options than with Software Assurance. Let’s take a look:
If you buy the Windows Vista Business Upgrade via Retail box, you will receive:
If you had Software Assurance on your Windows licenses, you would receive:
Notice the big difference. With Software Assurance, you have the option to upgrade to Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise (exclusive version only available for Software Assurance customers), or Windows Vista Ultimate for your machines with Software Assurance, not just the Windows Vista Business. Plus, you’ll receive the eLearning courses to go along with it so you can learn about the new features inside Windows Vista (you don’t get the eLearning with the Retail upgrade).
Oh, and if you’re buying Office Small Business Edition in the near future, the ERP of the Small Business Desktop Advantage offer (which includes the Office Small Business Edition License, the Windows XP Professional Upgrade, an
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