Today Microsoft officially announced what owners of SBS 2003 with Software Assurance are going to be receiving. Up until this time, it was only speculation and an "educated guess".
SBS 2003 R2 Component Product Upgrade Path
|FrontPage 2003||Sharepoint Designer 2007|
|Outlook 2003||Outlook 2007|
|For Mac Users: Entourage 2004||For Mac Users: Entourage 2008|
|Internet Security Acceleration Server (ISA) 2004||ISA 2006 + separate copy of Windows Server 2003 R2 **|
**Until such time ISA successor product, Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010, is released upon which, a TMG 2010 license will be granted.
I’m very proud that the majority of our clients put their trust in us and bought into the Software Assurance program. We worked really hard to try to convey the value of this program to you. It means that you have saved and will continue to save thousands of dollars of networking infrastructure costs while maintaining an up-to-date network and maximizing your investment. In today’s struggling economy it’s these kinds of smart decisions that make small business resilient. It’s no wonder that since 2000, 100% of new job have been created by small business.
This isn’t the type of sale that make Harbor Computer Services money. The value here isn’t to us. And if I can blow our own horn for a moment and note that we are one of the few small business consulting firms that actually recommend software assurance to our customers. Most don’t because as the consultant, we don’t make money off this deal. We would actually make more selling you the full price product. But I’ve always felt that this is short sighted. Seeing your business thrive gives us satisfaction and building up a trust between us benefits us both in short and long run.