Microsoft Update December 2016

“The Death star plans would have been useless in rebel hands if the empire had deployed Azure Rights Management and Office”

  • Licensing – Microsoft rename Delve Analytics to MyAnalytics 
  • Licensing – Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2017 General Availability in the Microsoft Product Terms December 2016 
  • Licensing – BizTalk Server 2016 General Availability in the Microsoft Product Terms December 2016 
  • Licensing – Microsoft365 Dynamics for Team Members, Customer Service, Sales – on-premises CAL, replaces Dynamics CRM 2016 – Basic, Professional, Essentials CALs in the Microsoft Product Terms December 2016
  • Licensing – Skype for Business Plus CAL Add On is available to Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) in the Microsoft Product Terms December 2016
  • Pricing – SCE 5% Azure discount removed
  • Pricing – There are some Office365 E5 Promo SKUs on the EA price file for December 2016
  • Resource – TechNet article on Windows10 Service Branches
  • Resource – SHA-1 hash algorithm deprecated, and will not be loaded in Edge or Explorer
  • Resource – Windows10 branch support FAQs
  • Resource – Microsoft Security Updates and Quality Rollup Security Updates – change to supersedence logic:
  • New Features – Azure AD Information Protection updates
  • New Features – The Intune Console finds its home on Azure Portal. EMS more indivisible in future. Graph API extensibility
  • New Feature – Azure AD pass-through Authentication on-premise connector uses encrypted HTTPS with planned public key/ private key
  • New Feature – Azure AD pass-through Auth supports SSPR Self Service Password Reset with on-premise writeback. No cache to Cloud
  • New Feature – Azure AD enables SSO pass-through authentication, connector to on-prem AD without need for stored passwords on Azure
  • Licensing – Premium Assurance makes Custom Support CSAs part of Volume Licensing,  5%-12% of License, SA ‘Add On’ while Version still Supported (Link removed by Microsoft)
  • New Feature – Delve updates include Profile edit, Out of Office and Calendar Information. See FAQs on how documents are shared:

Thanks All


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