Microsoft Update November 2017

Some principle recent Microsoft solution and licensing updates, for November 2017

  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Reserved VM Instances are now Generally Available in all EA programs and on Azure.com https://goo.gl/hqe6xS Azure Monetary Commitment funds can be used throughout the term of the enrollment for new orders through the EA Prepay (3 year upfront) option, New/Renewal direct EA customers will be billed quarterly for all coverages
  • Reference – Editions and Supported Features of SQL Server 2017 https://goo.gl/TvG5RJ
  • Licensing – If you need to control/restrict service access to Office365 services with Intune? You will currently need Conditional Access via Azure AD Premium P1 https://goo.gl/EYKjc7
  • Microsoft News – Microsoft approaching 1 billion identities synced with Azure AD https://goo.gl/Tq65xy
  • Tool – Microsoft update MAP Toolkit ready for SQL 2017 https://t.co/8YMVDjCTFw
  • Licensing – If some users do not have a license for Azure Information Protection (AIP) but do have a license for Azure Rights Management, edit the registry on these users’ computers to prevent them from running unlicensed features (Published July 2017) https://goo.gl/W9EiJ3

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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 – https://goo.gl/vMEXt3
  • 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. https://goo.gl/mo5kZw
  • 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) https://goo.gl/uqKjX6
  • Licensing – New Products added to the Online Service Terms (October 2017) Exchange Online Inactive User, new Skype PSTN names, new Microsoft365 EDU services https://goo.gl/GdycH1 
  • Licensing – October 1st, 2017 SQL 2017, Semi-Annual Channel for Windows Server, System Center in the October 2017  Microsoft SPLA Services Provider Use Rights: https://goo.gl/bb9Jnz

Read moreMicrosoft Update October 2017

Microsoft Update September 2017

Important licensing updates for September 2017 –

  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Office365 and Azure are both Generally Available from new UK data centers. Microsoft marketing MoD move: https://goo.gl/9KrE7W
  • Licensing – F1 remains a bold move to target a wider addressable market. At circa $10/u/m and 2B users, you can see why https://goo.gl/WukgLu Be aware of feature limits of Windows 10, (and no Azure AD Info Protection) for Microsoft M365 F1. (September 2018)
  • Licensing – Windows 10 – virtualization use rights have been extended to certain licenses purchased under the Microsoft Cloud Agreement. Customers purchasing Windows 10 Subscriptions via Microsoft Cloud Agreement (excluding Windows 10 Enterprise E3 Per User Local Only) may activate the software on up to 5 concurrent physical or virtual OSEs Ref: Product Terms, September 2017 https://goo.gl/VoCLzE 
  • Licensing – Added “Processing of Personal Data” to support the European Union General Data Protection Regulation Terms (GDPR) https://goo.gl/VoCLzE 
  • Licensing – Dynamics365 – Embedded editions of certain Microsoft Dynamics 365 Services are available through the Microsoft Cloud Agreement.  Embedded editions of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Services may be used only with an Embedded Unified Solution (defined)  https://goo.gl/VoCLzE 
  • Licensing – Microsoft announced Office 2019 “Perpetual” https://goo.gl/LZNtF3
  • New Feature – Office365 Use Metering and ‘Reader Role’ designation for Usage Reporting https://goo.gl/m5Ptn1
  • Licensing – Microsoft announce Office365 Usage Analytics and will reach general availability in July 2018, including new metrics on teamwork and collaboration, usage data for Microsoft Teams, Yammer, and Office 365 Groups https://goo.gl/m5Ptn1

Read moreMicrosoft Update September 2017

Microsoft Update August 2017

Important Microsoft licensing updates for August 2017

  • Licensing – Microsoft Dynamics 365 On-premise: Migration rights for Microsoft Dynamics AX customers with Software Assurance have been removed and a reference to the July 2017 Product Terms has been added to the Migrations Rights cell of Section 4’s Attribute table to denote where this information resides. https://goo.gl/7usi3a 
  • Licensing – Windows Desktop Operating System: A new use right has been introduced allowing customers with Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5 or VDA E3/E5 Per User SLs using Azure AD-based activation to install the Windows 10 Creators Update or later Current Branch software on a virtual machine running on Microsoft Azure or a shared server with a Qualified Multitenant Hosting Partner. https://goo.gl/7usi3a
  • Licensing – Microsoft 365: Secure Productive Enterprise has been renamed to Microsoft 365. https://goo.gl/7usi3a 
  • Licensing – Office 365 Suites: Office 365 Enterprise K (Kiosk) Plan has been renamed to Office 365 Enterprise F (FirstLine) https://goo.gl/7usi3a 
  • Technology Dependency – On August 19, 2016, Microsoft updated the client requirements for Project Online. Making architectural changes to features in Project Online which impact older versions of the Project Client, connecting to Project Online.

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Microsoft Update May 2017

Microsoft licensing updates for May 2017

  • Licensing – Windows Server: Microsoft is introducing new 16-pack Core Licenses for Windows Server, System Center, and CIS Suites to simplify acquisition of the 16 core minimum per server. “Customers must still license all physical cores on their servers; the existing licensing requirements remain as is”.
  • Licensing – Core Infrastructure Server Suite Standard (16-packs of Core Licenses) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Core Infrastructure Server Suite Datacenter (16-packs of Core Licenses)
  •  General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – System Center 2016 Standard Server Management License (16-packs of Core Licenses) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – System Center 2016 Datacenter Server Management License (16-packs of Core Licenses) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Windows Server 2016 Standard (16-packs of Core Licenses) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Windows Server 2016 Datacenter (16-packs of Core Licenses) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Windows Server Standard Core Premium Assurance Add-on (16-packs of Core Licenses) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Windows Server Datacenter Core Premium Assurance Add-on (16-packs of Core Licenses) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Windows Virtual Desktop Access E5 Per Device (SL)  General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Windows Virtual Desktop Access E5 Per User (SL) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Microsoft Stream Add-on, General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Microsoft Stream Storage Add-on (500GB) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Kaizala, General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Windows Desktop Operating System: Windows 10 Mobile is available at no additional charge for customers with an active Enterprise Agreement, Microsoft Products and Services Agreement, or Select Plus Agreement. SA on Windows is no longer a pre-requisite for this right to Windows 10 Mobile. Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Bing Maps: Bing Maps Asset Management has been renamed Mobile Asset Management.
  • Licensing – The Fail-Over Rights definition has been update to clarify that SA coverage is required on the Licensed Server and the access licenses for eligibility for the Fail-Over Rights SA benefit. Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • The Government Community Cloud definition has been updated to use the term Community, which is defined in the customer’s volume licensing agreement. Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk

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Microsoft Update July 2017

Microsoft licensing updates for July 2017

  • Licensing – Microsoft Azure Stack added to the Microsoft Product Terms, July 2017 https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Dynamics365 Unified Operations Plan added to the Microsoft Product Terms, July 2017 https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Dynamics365 for Retail added to the Microsoft Product Terms, July 2017 https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Dynamics365 for Talent added to the Microsoft Product Terms, July 2017 https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – PowerBI Premium EM1,2,3 added to the Microsoft Product Terms, July 2017 https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Windows 10 User OLS Activation E3 Add-on (to E3/E5 per User)added to the Microsoft Product Terms, July 2017 https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Dynamics AX 2012 R3 removed from the Microsoft Product Terms, July 2017, including Server, Task Worker, Self Serve, Functional, Enterprise, Enterprise Additive CALs, and Dynamics 365 for Operations for Enterprise Edition. https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Core Infrastructure Suite: Microsoft extend the Migration Rights for the processor to core transition for Core Infrastructure Suite to include enrollments signed or renewed between October and December 2016. (Renewing <December 2019) https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – System Center Server: Microsoft extend the Migration Rights for the processor to core transition for System Center Server to include enrollments signed or renewed between October and December 2016. (Renewing <December 2019)  https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Windows Server: Microsoft extend the Migration Rights for the processor to core transition for Windows Server to include enrollments signed or renewed between October and December 2016.(Renewing <December 2019)  https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Windows Desktop Operating System: Customers may activate Windows 10 using Azure AD-based the Physical OSE of up to five concurrent devices running either Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update or Windows 10 Enterprise Creator’s Update or later. https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Appendix B – Software Assurance: The Extended Hotfix Support benefit is no longer included in SA. This change will not affect Customers who have active SA coverage prior to July 1, 2017. https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Appendix E – Promotions: The New Customer Azure Monetary Commitment Offer expired June 30, 2017.
  • Licensing – The Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Switch Promotion was added July 1, 2017 and will expire on December 31, 2017 https://goo.gl/7wNfoi

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Microsoft Update June 2017

Microsoft licensing updates for June 2017

Microsoft Update April 2017

Important Microsoft licensing updates for April 2017

  • Licensing – Microsoft state in 2020,  Microsoft to mandate Office ProPlus C2R or mainstream supported Office MSI Clients for Office365 Services https://goo.gl/G8ra3T
  • Resource (Licensing) – New Windows Server 2016 Volume Licensing Reference Guide now available on https://goo.gl/i3ffvn
  • Resource (Licensing) – Microsoft Volume Licensing Reference Guide https://goo.gl/hV4mTc
  • Tool – Microsoft Azure Billing Role now live, allowing easy access to Azure Spend Data  https://goo.gl/8BErGP
  • Tool – It is now possible to get Office365 usage reports from the Microsoft Graph using PowerShell. https://goo.gl/oBxHWU
  • Resource (Licensing) – Office365 K1 – Video (view only), Skype (multi-party Attend only), Flow (consume, 750 runs), PowerApps (consume) Ref: TechNet Service Descriptions https://goo.gl/IP6Ql5
  • New Feature – Office365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) (E5) offers extensibility into Office PowerPoint, Excel, Word Apps with SafeLinks Feature
  • Licensing – Office365 Groups drives Azure AD Premium Plan 1 with new features like Data Classification, Usage Guidelines, Group AD Writeback, Dynamic Groups, Expiry Policy
  • Licensing – Office365 Groups for Outlook iOS and Android enabled via E1, E3, E5 (Note: Dynamic Groups can drive Azure AD Premium) https://goo.gl/onngw4
  • Licensing – Office365 Advanced Data Governance isn’t just in E5. Microsoft also package it within “Advanced Compliance Plan”  also with eDiscovery and Lockbox https://goo.gl/4Yyr49
  • Licensing – Staffhub available across Office365 K1, E1, E3 and E5 Plans enables staff schedules
  • New Feature – Office365 Plan K1 expands w. OneDrive 2TB, Microsoft Teams, Skype for IM and Presence, PowerApps and Flow, StaffHub. https://goo.gl/Qf5Rqg
  • New Feature – Encryption service (Information Protection, formerly Rights Management Services) moving out of Azure classic portal.
  • Resource – Reduce running costs for your RDS Deployment in Azure using Auto-Scaling
  • LinkedIn finds its way into Dynamics365 with LinkedIn Sales navigator https://goo.gl/McFVyd
  • Technical Dependency – Office365 ProPlus and Windows 10 are aligning to a single update model and to 2 updates per year. https://t.co/GyfBySL6Ay
  • Article – A frequent request, but still appears to be no (automated) solution: https://t.co/omtEVl59LD (move a license from one tenant to another)
  • Article – Microsoft announce SQL Server 2017 with built-in AI to power next-generation intelligent apps https://t.co/7C4HOTAByn
  • Licensing – Visual Studio 2017 General Availability in the Microsoft April 2017 Product Terms Ref: https://goo.gl/CuXqMi
  • Licensing – Windows 10 Home to Pro in MPSA in the Microsoft April 2017 Product Terms Ref: https://goo.gl/CuXqMi
  • Licensing – Azure CPP extension in the Microsoft April 2017 Product Terms Ref: https://goo.gl/CuXqMi
  • Licensing – Office 365 Threat Intelligence in the April 2017 Online Service Terms Ref: https://goo.gl/Ext9c8
  • Licensing – Microsoft Stream in the April 2017 Online Service Terms Ref: https://goo.gl/Ext9c8
  • Licensing – Kaizala in the Microsoft in the April 2017 Online Service Terms Ref: https://goo.gl/Ext9c8
  • Licensing – Visual Studio 2017 in the April 2017 Microsoft SPLA Use Rights Ref: https://goo.gl/p5NKaE
  • Licensing – Dynamics CRM to 365 renewal offer in the April 2017 Microsoft SPLA Use Rights Ref: https://goo.gl/p5NKaE

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Microsoft Update March 2017

Microsoft licensing updates roundup for March 2017

  • Partner Insight – Microsoft reiterate play for Identity layer as new control plane. Enable App ecosystem with APIs for EMS https://goo.gl/ZvISG3
  • Acquisition – Skycure  acquisition finds it’s way into Microsoft Intune , offers mobile anomaly detection, enables conditional access https://goo.gl/v4YfsH
  • Resource – Microsoft explain the latest System Center (SCCM) 2016 Upgrade Paths https://goo.gl/FG8ahk
  • Resource (Licensing) – Visual Studio 2017 Edition Comparison Table https://goo.gl/dsJyCs
  • Article – Azure AD Basic and Premium Group license management features scare Academic Sector. ‘Pull’ staff into paid AD https://goo.gl/2z7OWi
  • New Feature – Azure Analytics service, tapping into PowerBI and Excel, goes live in UK South Datacenter https://goo.gl/4K8Qqm
  • Pricing – Microsoft drop Azure VM and Blob Storage Prices https://goo.gl/EtTVBp
  • New Feature – New RDS Management Pack on Windows Server 2016. Monitor and Manage all roles, including RDS Licensing https://goo.gl/N4tg5j
  • Analyst Insight – Gartner advocate “Adaptive Sourcing” and “Core Cost Optimization”, (the core competency and service portfolio of SoftwareONE) https://goo.gl/2bmYbv
  • New Feature – System Center Configuration Manager SCCM 1702 supports Creators Update, Conditional Access to Office365 Services https://goo.gl/ycnscE
  • Licensing – Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Group-Based Licensing Scenarios https://goo.gl/lFY5ee
  • Technical Dependency – Microsoft Teams is on-by-default at the organization level for all users with Office365 Enterprise Plans
  • Technical Dependency – Office365 and Azure UK customers with local data residency requirement need to request move by 15.09.2017. Expect 2 year transition window.
  • Licensing – Microsoft Premium Assurance for SQL and Windows Server added to the Product Terms in March 2017 https://goo.gl/FjTwa3
  • Licensing – Microsoft Flow and PowerApps added to the Online Service Terms in March 2017 https://goo.gl/fStjKm
  • Tools – APIs are the new control plane for Cloud Management. New Azure and Office365 dashboards on horizon https://goo.gl/jwKo3u https://goo.gl/WrERZV re-iterating our requirement for independent channel innovation and integrated advisory services.
  • Licensing – Citrix XenApp Essentials, RDS via Azure. BYOL for RDS supported with SA https://goo.gl/ZzIGSe
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Site Recovery (ASR) hits the UK datacenters https://goo.gl/jpNkfw
  • Resource (Licensing) – SCCM 2016 if your Data Warehouse is remote to your site server, you’ll need SQL licenses https://goo.gl/0lNtHu
  • Resource (Licensing) FAQs for Configuration Manager branches and licensing
  •  Licensing – Microsoft Teams  is Generally Available. Arguably the death knell of Slack with Inclusion in Office365 Enterprise Plans https://goo.gl/7mNi0t
  • Licensing – Novel approach to ‘lock in’, your perpetual license grant restricted to server you assigned it. Exit SA and it dies with the machine – Looking at exit of SA on Windows Server? New re-assignment restriction on ‘Additional Cores’ Grant. New limit on your perpetual license
  • Article – The Office365 collaboration conundrum, enterprise IT is trying to avoid email and tap into millennial Slack and WhatsApp use behaviors: Microsoft help you decide on collaborating via Microsoft Teams, Office365 Groups, SharePoint Team Sites or Yammer https://goo.gl/G4vAiJ
  • Partner Insight – Microsoft enable 3rd party digital platform ecosystem with Microsoft Graph APIs supporting EMS extensibility https://goo.gl/GyKYa0
  • Tool – Microsoft likely to release Azure consumption and billing analytics dashboard for EA, CSP customers https://goo.gl/BGO9J6
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Microsoft re-think Auto Outlook Groups for Direct Reports after enterprise concerns of ongoing management of GALs https://goo.gl/wGC9v2
  • New Feature – PowerBI Pro subscribers can now set the refresh cadence of DirectQuery and Live Connections to PowerBI https://goo.gl/auapNk
  • New Feature – Office365 Kiosk Plans now benefit from ‘view only’ Video https://t.co/7rtQ6c7dEJ
  • Resource – Microsoft help you decide on collaborating via Microsoft Teams, Office365 Groups, SharePoint Team Sites or Yammer https://goo.gl/G4vAiJ
  • New Feature – Batch public folder migration available to Exchange Online, be aware of 25gb mailbox limit: https://goo.gl/KhrrmI
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Citrix XenDesktop Essentials provides management wrap service w. Citrix Receiver for Windows10 Enterprise in Azure https://goo.gl/rvDbSR
  • New Feature – Microsoft Teams supports Intune MAM policies https://goo.gl/f9042I
  • Technical Dependency – Visual Studio 2017 is not supported on Windows10 LTSB https://goo.gl/Kj9kBs
  • New Feature – Server Management Tools (SMT) Web GUI for managing ‘headless’ Nano and Server Core Installs for Windows Server 2016 https://t.co/AgaEqWubMv
  •  New Feature – Conditional Access via EMS now in SharePoint. “Limited Access” via Browser only, No Download from SPO and OneDrive https://goo.gl/zaZ2R2
  • Licensing – Microsoft Teams supports Office365 Groups and PowerBI. Could arguably ‘pull’ Users into Azure ADP and PowerBI Pro https://t.co/nZnASjyGG6
  • New Feature – Microsoft Teams supports compliance with eDiscovery and Legal Hold when purchased within Office365 E3 and E5 Plans https://goo.gl/5OCasU
  • Tool – PowerShell script pulls from Azure rate card and usage APIs into JSON to provide Spend Information CSV https://goo.gl/Kroo8c
  •  New Feature – Azure Site Recovery extends from VMs to expansive Application tier. From write-order, boot-order and custom IPs https://goo.gl/Y0fA88
  • New Feature – Office365 Profiles provide Role Information, Direct Reports, Team, and vTeam based on collaboration behavior https://goo.gl/vhGwyn
  •  Technical Dependency – LTSB will support only current release silicon at the time of LTSB GA. Future silicon generation needs future LTSB https://goo.gl/eZCm3R
  • Licensing – LTSB will support only current release silicon at the time of LTSB GA. Future silicon generation needs future LTSB https://goo.gl/eZCm3R

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Microsoft Update February 2017

Some important licensing updates for February 2017

  • Technical Dependency – As a reminder, Windows10 only supported Windows OS for upcoming Intel “Kaby lake”, Qualcomm’s “8996”, and AMD’s “Bristol Ridge” silicon. https://goo.gl/wXzQCn
  • Technical Dependency – For customers looking to upgrade to Windows 10, OMS is becoming increasingly important, just as EMS has become for Office365. OMS providing Upgrade Analytics and Upgrade Compliance services (Preview) by connecting to Windows 10 telemetry data. https://t.co/gR6vM7ZY3E
  • New Feature – Office365  Secure Score provides InfoSec scoring as Microsoft partner up with Cyber Insurance https://goo.gl/qmQuj2
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Office365 E5 Advanced Data Governance enters Preview. Offers Machine Learning enabled data classification, policies https://goo.gl/qmQuj2
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – SCCM Active Server Branch 1602 enters technical preview https://goo.gl/uSxLb8
  • New Feature – Azure AD Premium receives Connect Health for On-Prem AD,  Azure AD sync. However, with a complex 25 USLs per Agent licensing model, defined at Role Level: https://t.co/aDyrfmV3F0
  • Licensing – Office36 Visio Online available in E1 and K1 Plans.  Allows users to View (but not Edit) Visio Diagrams https://goo.gl/YB7hUq
  • Licensing – Microsoft Product Terms for February updated with Windows 10 VDA Add-on https://goo.gl/WzxOyS
  • Licensing – Microsoft Product Terms for February updated with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Plan 1 Enterprise edition Add-on and From SA https://goo.gl/WzxOyS
  • Licensing – Azure will no longer be available on February 1st 2017 via MPSA.
  • Microsoft to remove locked price SKUs and Multi-Year Offers April 1st on MPSA. Supports revised CSP and EA Strategy: https://t.co/U4NbRmqCzf
  • Licensing – Microsoft depart from MPSA for strategic cloud. After April 1st 2017  2+3 year Office365, Dynamics365, SPE, Windows10 are removed. <1 Year Only. https://t.co/U4NbRmqCzf
  • Licensing – Office365 License Management now comes of age, with license management and  selective Services Deselect. ADP1: Dynamic Groups Auto-Assign w. Self Service https://goo.gl/EZyCF3 – Enables staged Roll-Out and service deselect control over expansive plans like Office365 E5.
  • Support Lifecycle – Windows10 Build 1507 End of Servicing now pushed back to end of May. https://goo.gl/gOU8ex
  • New Feature – Azure Information Protection comes of age: New App, AD Group Classification, Bulk Classification w. PowerShell https://t.co/KgTG88TkQG
  • Licensing – Microsoft CSP program extends Windows10 “free” Pro Upgrade from 7/8.1 to enable/sell Windows10 Enterprise Subscription USLs under CSP https://t.co/SiJjlZc08M
  • Partner Insight – Microsoft expand Office Mobile App ecosystem, extensibility with Evernote, GIPHY, Trello Add Ins https://t.co/rSnlQqps6M
  • R Server: Customer’s who have Licensed Servers covered with SA may, subject to the R Server use rights, use updates to R Server made available after December 2016 https://goo.gl/Yk4HMh
  • SQL Server: Customer’s with servers licensed to run SQL Server Enterprise Core with SA or SQL Server Enterprise with SA may use updates to R Server for Windows made available after June 2016. https://goo.gl/Yk4HMh
  • System Center: The Use Rights and License Grants Associated with Software Assurance Migration for Customers with System Center 2016 Client Management Suite clause from Section 4 of the System Center Data Protection Manager, System Center Operations Manager, System Center Data Orchestrator, and System Center Service Manager Product Entries has been removed and a reference to the January 2017 Product Terms has been added to the Migrations Rights cell of Section 4’s Attribute table to denote where this information resides. https://goo.gl/Yk4HMh

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