Windows 7 Enterprise Edition
Companies and businesses that use Windows 7 Enterprise purchase a mass quantity of licenses. They also sign an agreement with Microsoft called a Software Assurance contract, which has a couple of business targeted benefits. For example, companies under this contract can pay for their multiple Windows 7 Enterprise Edition licenses over a specified number of years. They do not have to pay for everything up front. The software agreement also grants these companies free upgrades on Microsoft products for the specified time period. Some additional benefits are:
- Free Microsoft IT training and access to several Microsoft online tools and resources.
- Allows employees of the company to have a single copy of Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise for home use free of charge.
- Employee discounts on other Microsoft products.
- Access to Windows source code (for software development purposes).
- 24x7 phone and Internet support.
Because Windows 7 Enterprise Edition is tailored to fit multiple computer workstation environments, Enterprise Edition has different install rules. For example, when a company orders 1000 copies of Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise Edition, they may not actually need 1000 install discs. Thus, they may only get a couple of install discs. However, they also get a VLK (volume license key), which is the golden ticket of Windows 7 activation codes. VLK's are virtually limitless, or else have very high limits. That serial number that you got when you purchased your Dell will only work for one computer. A VLK however, may be set with the limit to activate hundreds of Windows installations.
Aside from your typical installation, and some added corporate features, the main benefit of Windows 7 Enterprise is that it has a multi user interface, BitLocker Drive Encryption, extensive language support, and advanced UNIX application support.