Microsoft Update October 2017

Important licensing updates for October 2017

  • Licensing – Azure Info Protection enters Public Preview in October 2017, scanner crawls through files in CIFS based file shares and SharePoint sites and apply classification, labelling and protection on files policies – driving Azure Information Protection (AIP) P2 –
  • Licensing – Cloud App Security can read files classified by Azure Info Protection Scanner and set policies based on the file labels: General Availability from October 2017.
  • Licensing – New Products added to the Microsoft Product Terms (October 2017) SQL Server 2017, Exchange Online Inactive Mailbox (Note: Removed in November 2017 in a Microsoft U-Turn),
  • Microsoft 365 F1, Visio Online Plan 1 and 2, Microsoft 365 A3, Microsoft365 A5 for Education in the Product Terms (October 2017)
  • Licensing – New Products added to the Online Service Terms (October 2017) Exchange Online Inactive User, new Skype PSTN names, new Microsoft365 EDU services 
  • Licensing – October 1st, 2017 SQL 2017, Semi-Annual Channel for Windows Server, System Center in the October 2017  Microsoft SPLA Services Provider Use Rights:

  • Microsoft News – Microsoft  EA renewals bookings grow 14%, and 9% in constant currency. Cloud profitability increased 8 points to 57%
  • Microsoft News – Microsoft secure targeted $20B annual run-rate cloud commercial business. Office365 up 42% and Azure up 90%
  • New Feature – You can now use Azure Information Protection BYOK with Exchange Online
  • New Feature – Improvements to System Center Data Protection Manager 2016 incl. ‘workload aware storage’ for custom storage targets
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Microsoft confirm Skype to Microsoft Teams Roadmap
  • New Feature – Microsoft announce new ‘Secret’ Government capabilities for Azure Government
  • Microsoft365 F1 – a compelling market proposition, but pricing, licensing,  feature limitations may deter adoption (Service Description)
  • Support Lifecycle – Exchange and Outlook 2007 are exiting Extended Support in October 2017
  • Licensing – Office365 ProPlus Channels renamed: Monthly Channel, and Deferred ‘Semi Annual’ Channel with 18 Months Support.
  • Reference (Licensing) – Illustrating the expansive requirements for Premium features of Azure AD when running Office365
  • Article – Microsoft TechNet article on setting up Cloud Voicemail for Skype for Business Phone System and Calling Plans
  • Competitor Insight – Microsoft compare Azure and AWS with a helpful service map-  [Download]  [Web]
  • Technical Dependency – Minimum Requirements for Windows Defender ATP for Windows 10
  • Licensing – SQL Server 2017 Licensing Datasheet – some welcome wording on readable replicas, and some new licensing additions
  • Licensing – SQL Server 2017 ‘Modern Servicing Model’ CUs montly for 12 months, then quarterly for 4 years of mainstream support
  • Technical Dependency – Windows10 KMS Activation approaches: A)Windows Server 2016 DC KMS or B) Windows Server 2012 R2 STD/DC for Windows10
  • Acquisition – Cloud Spend Management (CSM) greatly improves with reporting Cloudyn acquisition integration for Azure

Thanks All


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