Microsoft Update February 2016

Microsoft updates for February 2016

  • Resource (Licensing) – FAQs WinSvr Azure Hybrid SA Benefit w. base compute rate equals 1 Linux VM. Run 2 VMs up to 8 cores, or one 16 cores
  • SoftwareONE – Microsoft Advisory Services are designed to make life simpler for you.
  • Resource (Licensing) – Azure Billing and Subscriptions FAQs
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure AD Identity Protection enters Public Preview. Machine Learning enabled threat analytics for cloud identities. Compliments ATA for on-prem
  • New Feature – Customer Lockbox (Office365 E5) support for Exchange Online to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business from
  • Licensing – Office365 Dynamic Groups could ‘pull in’ Azure AD Premium Subscriptions for every directory query
  • Microsoft News – Office365 App Discovery and available via Office365 E5 from April 2016
  • Acquisition – Cloud App Security Broker, incorporating the Adallom acquisition, rolls out April 2016 for Office365 Plan E5
  • Resource (Licensing) – Dynamic Office 365 Groups might come with a big cost
  • New Feature – Exchange public folder mailbox limits are increasing from 100 to 1000 for Exchange Online over February 2016
  • Tools – Exchange Deployment  Advisor updated for 2016 scenarios
  • Tools – Exchange 2013 and 2016 exmon (user monitor) Tool now available for download
  • Resource – Microsoft guidance on taking your application portfolio to the Azure cloud
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – SQL Server Express Images are in the Azure Gallery
  • Licensing – Microsoft updated how they approach rental PC market for licensing Office and Windows in February 2016
  • Licensing – ISV ‘Self-Hosted Applications’ use right extended from dedicated to shared servers option. Ref: Microsoft Product Terms February 2016
  • Resource (Licensing) – Azure Site Recovery (ASR) Licensing Whitepaper for Service Providers
  • Licensing – The Windows Server Hybrid Use Azure SA Benefit General Availability Ref:  Microsoft Product Terms, February 2016
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Container Service enters Public Preview
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – SQL Server Stretch DB enters Public Preview on Azure
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – RedHat Enterprise Linux on Azure Marketplace General Availability
  • Acquisition – Microsoft acquires Xamarin
  • New Features – New Admin control over Yammer licensing and access at user level, allow enforcement of Office365 identity.
  • Tools – Microsoft have a new tool to support Azure data Import
  • Licensing – SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager) CML and SCEP (System Center Endpoint Protection) subscription to manage Win Defender in Windows 10
  • Resource – Windows10 Update History site provides archive of release notes
  • Licensing –  The transition tables from the CAL Suites, Office Desktop Applications, Windows Desktop Operating System, Enterprise Mobility Suite, Enterprise Cloud Suite, Office 365 Applications and Office 365 Suites Product Entries have been deleted from the Microsoft Product Terms, February 2016
  • Licensing – Purchasing Software Assurance: the options for customers with Full USLs or  From SA subscription to reattach SA has been added – Microsoft Product Terms, February 2016
  • Licensing – Windows 10 Roaming Rights for Windows Enterprise and Windows VDA is being discontinued as of either January 31, 2017 or the end of a Customer’s existing Enrollment or Agreement term, whichever is later – Microsoft Product Terms, February 2016
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Enterprise State Roaming enters Public Preview. Available with Azure AD Premium and Windows10 for App and OS Settings sync
  • Licensing – Dynamics AX Enterprise, Task, Self Serve, Sandbox SKUs are added to the Microsoft Product Terms, February 2016

Thanks All,


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Tony Mackelworth is Head of Microsoft Advisory Services at SoftwareONE

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