Microsoft Update September 2019

Some of the principle licensing updates for September 2019 –

  •  The Product Terms for September 2019 (Page 57) provide SA parity across Windows Server via CSP and EA Models
    • Azure Hybrid Benefit
    • Disaster Recovery Rights
    • Nano Server
    • Semi Annual Channel (SAC)
    • Self Hosted ISV Applications
  • Windows Enterprise E5 – Microsoft Defender ATP will benefit from new feature, ‘Threat Experts’ Managed Service – Read
  • FastTrack service for over 150 users for Windows Enterprise E3 and E5 – Read
  • Effective October 1st – (Now November) Direct Markets will no longer be able to initiate or renew an Azure-only SCE, introduce Azure services to an current EA that did not previously include Azure, or purchase Azure under a new EA.
  • Effective October 1st –(now November) Dynamics 365 will remove Customer Engagement (CE), Unified Operations (UO), and Dynamics 365 plans
  • New and renewing customers will be able to purchase individual applications as Base and Attach licenses.
  • Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure becomes Generally Available – Read Citrix ‘Day 1’ Support – Read
  • SPLA partners are now considered an “Authorized Outsourcer” unless you are using the IaaS from a Listed provider (AWS, Google, Alibaba, Microsoft).
  • Azure AD partner ecosystem expands with F5 Networks for Conditional Access and Azure Identity Protection, and SSO, with Legacy-Auth (Kerberos or Header-based) Apps enabled with F5 – Read
  • Functionality – Register your SQL Server on Azure VMs self-installations with Azure Resource Provider – Read
  • Azure Reservations are available with Monthly payments – Read
  • Office365 ProPlus License Activation Improvements for activations on new devices for users – Read
  • Microsoft Intune Feature Updates – Read
  • Microsoft announce Dynamics 365 Commerce and Dynamics 365 Connected Store Applications – Read
  • Dynamics Product Updates Roadmap Page – Read
  • Dynamics Virtual Launch Event October 10th – Register
  • Azure Cost Management YouTube Channel – Watch
  • Microsoft have announced :
  • Office 2013 client connections to commercial Office 365 services will not be supported after October 13, 2020.
    • Customers will require Office versions 2016 or Office 365 ProPlus to connect to Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business.
    • Support for Office 2016 and Office 2019 connections to Office365 cloud services will continue until October 2023.
    • Microsoft will not actively block connections, but advise of performance and reliability issues, or compliance issues.
    • Microsoft have published SCCM dashboards to provide visibility and advise on readiness to upgrade to Office 365ProPlus.
  • Microsoft have announced effective October 31st 2020
    • Microsoft will retire ‘Basic Authentication’ to access Exchange Online for EWS, EAS, IMAP, POP and RPS connections.
    • This will not impact SMTH AUTH, but customers should switch to the Outlook app for iOS and Android, newer versions of Outlook 2013 onwards, that fully support OAuth 2.0
    • It is therefore recommended customers move to Outlook 2016 or Office365 ProPlus
    • This is required by October 31st 2020

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