Microsoft has done much of their Microsoft Office over the period of time. It has made much of the appropriate upgrades to maintain great innovation and unique approach for consumers. But not all consumers are willing to adopt for the upgrades.

The Microsoft Office 2010, the new application for Office, is on its way for upgrade cycles with the help of Microsoft Software Assurance Licensing. But certain issues had made its delay.

What is Microsoft Assurance Licensing?

It is a Microsoft Maintenance Program for its business users that gives them the chance to enjoy a long term upgrades of a certain applications or software over a period of time, especially on its newest version. Thus, helps them in future upgrades.

With this, the users will enjoy much of the upgrade if changes will be done over a period of time.

Benefits includes the right to a newer versions of software upon availability, free IT training with a complete access to the E-learning program, the privilege for home use, Employee’s purchase program, an access to windows code for bigger corporations, and a 24/7 web and telephone support.


Though it has so much benefit for consumers and large users, still they have a lot of concerns regarding the Software Assurance.

The issue of possible larger expense may occur because of gradual increase on the market over the next period, the lack of free software upgrades and the three years limit of licensing; which would mean of another expense for renewal to enjoy more.

The Recent Changes

A recent change has been made regarding the licensing that brought more concerns for consumers. Although we say it has made for the better, still some consumers might doubt the changes.

The first change was an increase of five percent in the Office Pro Plus; nest is the new virtualization and mobile options, new policies and other tweaks that were not specified further.

These are the possible reasons of the delay of releasing the Office 2010 version.


Forrester research shows that there are sixty percent (60%) respondents that are extremely satisfied with the older version of Office 2003 and Office 2007. It was said that the users are more comfortable with their current Office use and has less assumption of taking the new version to use.

Next is, only a quarter of consumers can keep up with the three years contract to the licensing because of expenses and other concerns such as less free options within the past three years of usage. They may think of another expense on renewal and still the same experiences would go over and over.

Another is, an estimated of sixty percent (60%) user respondents had confirmed that they are still using the older version of Office 2003 and still have not completely decided to switch to another version.

And the last is the Software Assurance on Office applications is too expensive for their money graphic especially for the smaller consumers.