Microsoft Update January 2017

January saw a number of important licensing and solution updates from Microsoft including but not limited to:

  • Pricing – Microsoft increased UK pricing goes into effect from January 1st. Office365 and Azure will now cost 22% more than in December, and on-premise solutions will increase by 13%
  • Licensing – System Center 2016 Data Protection Manager per User added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – System Center 2016 Operations Manager per OSE added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – System Center 2016 Operations Manager per User added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – System Center 2016 Orchestrator per OSE added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – System Center 2016 Orchestrator per User added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – System Center 2016 Service Manager per OSE added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – System Center 2016 Service Manager per User added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Microsoft Azure StorSimple Plan with Device (8100 device) added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Microsoft Azure StorSimple Plan with Device (8600 device) added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Microsoft Azure StorSimple Plan 8100 Renewal (no device) added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Microsoft Azure StorSimple Plan 8600 Renewal (no device) added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Operations Management and Security E1 Add-on added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Operations Management and Security E2 Add-on added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Operations Management and Security E1 added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Operations Management and Security E1 From SA added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Operations Management and Security E2 added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Operations Management and Security E2 From SA added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Operations Management and Security: Insights and Analytics added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Operations Management and Security: Automation and Control added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Operations Management and Security: Security and Compliance added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Operations Management and Security: Backup and Disaster Recovery added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Office 365 Advanced Compliance – added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Microsoft VDA Subscription USL/ Upgrade USL now benefit from Windows 10 Ent CBB on Azure
  • Licensing – Microsoft VDA Subscription Device will not benefit from the Windows 10 Enterprise CBB on Azure Benefit.
  • Licensing – The Windows Server 2016 Nano Configuration will require CALs with SA
  • Licensing – Microsoft clarify disabling cores for CIS, Windows Server and System Center 2016 DOES NOT reduce licensable cores in Volume Licensing.
  • Licensing – System Center Client Management Suite is broken down to components from January 1st 2018. Client MLs for DPM, SCOM, Service Manager, Orchestrator. Ref: Product Terms, January 2017 https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • New Features – SQL Server 2016 SP1 includes Feature Updates. Microsoft assure customers Software Assurance (SA) is not required.
  • Licensing – Standalone Yammer SKU retired on January 1st 2017. Existing EA customers can use retired SKU for 2 years, or for term or current EA
  • Software Assurance – Home Use Program (HUP) employees can now purchase Office Pro Plus 2016 AND Office Home & Business 2016 for Mac

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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 https://goo.gl/G97MME 
  • Licensing – Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2017 General Availability in the Microsoft Product Terms December 2016 https://goo.gl/G97MME 
  • Licensing – BizTalk Server 2016 General Availability in the Microsoft Product Terms December 2016 https://goo.gl/G97MME 
  • 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 https://goo.gl/G97MME
  • Licensing – Skype for Business Plus CAL Add On is available to Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) in the Microsoft Product Terms December 2016 https://goo.gl/G97MME
  • 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 https://goo.gl/G7nA48
  • Resource – SHA-1 hash algorithm deprecated, and will not be loaded in Edge or Explorer https://goo.gl/WR5NXT
  • Resource – Windows10 branch support FAQs https://goo.gl/SMqrqK
  • Resource – Microsoft Security Updates and Quality Rollup Security Updates – change to supersedence logic: https://goo.gl/BNtq8f
  • New Features – Azure AD Information Protection updates https://goo.gl/EMkaVM
  • New Features – The Intune Console finds its home on Azure Portal. EMS more indivisible in future. Graph API extensibility https://goo.gl/1yfQ26
  • New Feature – Azure AD pass-through Authentication on-premise connector uses encrypted HTTPS with planned public key/ private key https://goo.gl/Sqgibo
  • New Feature – Azure AD pass-through Auth supports SSPR Self Service Password Reset with on-premise writeback. No cache to Cloud https://goo.gl/sqrq6T
  • New Feature – Azure AD enables SSO pass-through authentication, connector to on-prem AD without need for stored passwords on Azure https://goo.gl/gYq6wC
  • 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) https://goo.gl/cFdLoh
  • New Feature – Delve updates include Profile edit, Out of Office and Calendar Information. See FAQs on how documents are shared: https://goo.gl/ENcNXQ

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Microsoft Update November 2016

Microsoft licensing and solution updates for November 2016

  • Resource (Licensing) – Microsoft PowerApps 2016 Licensing Overview: https://goo.gl/F4DS7j
  • Licensing – Microsoft PowerApps General Availability in November 2016 https://goo.gl/yBcSdp
  • Licensing – Microsoft Flow General Availability in November 2016 https://goo.gl/H4tmi8
  • Resource (Licensing) – Compare Features and Plans for Microsoft Flow https://goo.gl/JhSv3i
  • Article – Expect to see curtailment of geo-blocking of cloud services and pricing for new government frameworks https://goo.gl/epdvJM
  • Microsoft News – First Kaspersky, now Salesforce and EU question Microsoft Anti-Competitive behaviour https://goo.gl/6ndv9F
  • Resource – Microsoft launch new technology documentation platform https://goo.gl/NLJ6FJ
  • Microsoft News – Kaspersky calls foul of Microsoft competitive displacement with Win Defender in Windows 10 https://goo.gl/B68Qpm
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Microsoft Teams enters Public Preview https://goo.gl/XBU7sx
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Citrix announce XenDesktop for Windows 10 Citrix position DaaS, Microsoft aim to secure platform: Azure IaaS VDI,  Windows 10 USL BYOL Ref: FutureDecoded 2016
  • Licensing – System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) LTSB does not support the following features  https://goo.gl/1iQcEj 
  • Licensing – Dynamics for Office365 is now generally available from November 2016. Extensibility with PowerApps and Flow https://goo.gl/q6Wovx
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Dynamics for Office365 is now generally available from November 2016. Extensibility with PowerApps and Flow https://goo.gl/q6Wovx
  • Licensing – Dynamics365 added to Microsoft Product Terms November 2016 Ref: https://goo.gl/tiVVVs
  • Licensing – Microsoft Flow added to Microsoft Product Terms November 2016 Ref: https://goo.gl/tiVVVs
  • Licensing – Power Apps added to Microsoft Product Terms November 2016 Ref: https://goo.gl/tiVVVs
  • Licensing – Per Core Licensing Grants and Use Rights removed for Windows Server, System Center, refers customers to October 2016 Product Terms. Ref: Microsoft Product Terms November 2016 https://goo.gl/tiVVVs
  • Licensing – Microsoft Dynamics AX online services, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, Microsoft Dynamics Marketing, Microsoft Social Engagement, and Parature, from Microsoft have been renamed and consolidated under Microsoft Dynamics 365Ref: Microsoft Product Terms November 2016 https://goo.gl/tiVVVs
  • Pricing – The New Customer Azure Monetary Commitment Offer promotion is in effect November 1, 2006 through June 30, 2017. Ref: Microsoft Product Terms November 2016 https://goo.gl/tiVVVs

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Microsoft Update October 2016

New Microsoft licensing updates for October 2016

  • New Features – Azure Site Recovery gives 1 click migration of Apps and OS. Pay only for compute, storage while you test for 31 days https://t.co/YbbVqu1vvJ
  • Resource (Licensing) – Here’s how you assign Azure Hybrid Use Benefit (HUB) in PowerShell to BYOL WinSvr Licenses w. SA to Azure and save https://t.co/3XCI9Ur50k
  • Microsoft News – New ‘Commercial Cloud Gross Margin’ at 49% reflects strong focus on cost reduction.
  • Tool – Office365 API extensibility to PowerBI pre-built dashboards are promising. New user adoption metering on horizon. https://t.co/PnmE7jUs3A
  • Resource – New EM+S technical documentation library https://t.co/ySeIAcEFRx
  • Resource – New Intune technical documentation site  https://t.co/3e8ibnVNCk
  • Resource (Licensing) Compare EM+S E3 and E5 Plans https://t.co/sqxr8Tue5P
  • New Features – New security and reporting in Yammer Extensibility via Management APIs and Office365 Security and Compliance Center https://t.co/EEV8P7pZLz
  • Article – Interesting article on Office365 Groups. Gives ‘basic’ SharePoint team site, as well as OneDrive document library https://t.co/X2Yn10ptGw
  • Resource (Licensing) – Dynamics 365 basic Licensing overview: https://t.co/0osBy2sLFP
  • Article – Hicurdismos is a fake Microsoft Security Essentials installer. Mimics BSoD to install malware https://t.co/F77Yh2fZ5x
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – SCCM update 1610 Tech Preview. New features: limit updates to subset of devices, retract prior App permissions https://t.co/qYBfAvcweU
  • Great introductory resources on Windows Server 2016 https://t.co/0IUQZYtdug
  • Pricing – Microsoft announce price increase for British pound (GBP) confirmed for January 2017. Read the FAQ https://t.co/o3N8heHBiq 
  • Pricing – Microsoft announce increase in UK Prices for commercial on-prem software 13% and 22% for cloud effective Jan 1st 2017 https://t.co/x0hLTEnmW0
  • Article – What impact will the change to per core licensing have on your Windows Server estate? https://t.co/oN8FuKPTZI
  • Article – My next webinar “Are You Windows Server Per Core Ready”  https://t.co/Ga1vgKKznQ 
  • Support Lifecycle – Windows 8.1 pre-installed OEM End of Sales on Oct 31st. Expect a price increase on Windows10 Pro OEM downgrade SKU https://t.co/gEb3GztNOk
  • Resource (Licensing) – Great article on the Azure price changes on the SoftwareONE blog https://t.co/YMNE6ll1bk
  • Technical Dependency – Windows Defender ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) has Office365 ATP interoperability via Win Enterprise E5 offering https://t.co/9ucDoG9R02
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Microsoft confirm general availability of Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) platform suites on October 1st 2016 https://t.co/uehnlLV6Sz
  • Licensing – Secure Productive Enterprise General Availabilty replaces Enterprise Cloud Suite in the Microsoft Product Terms October 2016  https://goo.gl/WvamCU
  • Licensing – Enterprise Mobility + Security replaces Enterprise Mobility Suite in the Microsoft Product Terms October 2016  (first announced July 2016) https://goo.gl/WvamCU
  • Licensing – Azure Information Protection Premium replaces Azure Rights Management Premium in the Microsoft Product Terms October 2016  https://goo.gl/WvamCU
  • Licensing – Operations Management Suite E1 and E2 Add-ons replace Operations Management Suite Standard Edition and Datacenter Edition Add-ons respectively, in the Microsoft Product Terms October 2016  https://goo.gl/WvamCU
  • Licensing – Microsoft Azure Hybrid Use Benefit has been updated to support the launch of Windows Server 2016, in the Microsoft Product Terms October 2016 https://goo.gl/WvamCU
  • Licensing – Windows Server 2016 General Availability, terms have been updated to support per core licensing, in the Microsoft Product Terms October 2016 https://goo.gl/WvamCU
  • Licensing – System Center 2016 General Availability, terms have been updated to support per core licensing, in the Microsoft Product Terms October 2016 https://goo.gl/WvamCU
  • Licensing – Core Infrastructure Suite 2016 terms have been updated to support per core licensing, in the Microsoft Product Terms October 2016 https://goo.gl/WvamCU
  • Licensing – Windows 10 clarification added for Windows Embedded software designated “Point of Sale” must have the POS application be the primary use of the software in the Microsoft Product Terms October 2016  https://goo.gl/WvamCU
  • Licensing –  Operations Management Suite E1, E2 General Availability in the Microsoft Product Terms October 2016  https://goo.gl/WvamCU
  • New Features – Windows10 Enterprise E3 now with App Guard. Virtual Container Isolation for Edge. https://t.co/9GqWBHlz0G
  • Pricing – Microsoft drop Azure pricing. Flatten prices across https://t.co/EWhJVeCFgN EA, MPSA.

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Microsoft Update September 2016

Microsoft licensing and solution updates for September 2016

Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) could hyperscale via future CSP w. partner services. Held back by conservative licensing restrictions. Impacts ‘simplification’

  • New Features- Azure AD Identity Protection, Privileged Identity Management and Azure AD Premium P2 will be Generally Available September 15th 2016 https://t.co/f4WDoLl3ql
  • Licensing – Azure AD Premium Plan 2 is added to the Microsoft Product Terms September 2016 https://goo.gl/jz6GBY
  • Licensing – Windows10 Enterprise E3 now available via Microsoft Cloud Agreement (MCA) https://t.co/bsaMntmQz1
  • Licensing – Minecraft for Education is added to the Microsoft Product Terms September 2016 https://goo.gl/jz6GBY
  • Licensing – Operations Management Suite (OMS) Security generally available for OMS and Azure Log Analytics subscribers SIEM https://t.co/xDRqR8nfMp
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Public Preview –  N-Series instances for Azure Virtual Machines come with NVIDIA GPUs https://t.co/WzhIHLYebj
  • Pricing – Machine Learning workspaces and web service pricing plans available in Azure portal https://t.co/vgH0ozk0B3

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Microsoft Update August 2016

Microsoft updates for August 2016

  • Licensing – Windows 10 SA ‘Roaming Use’ extended use right to be retired to drive per user subscription. See the key dates here https://t.co/idxPEMhxtz
  • Resource – ExpressRoute FAQs https://t.co/zCQr3AJTFr
  • Licensing – Windows Enterprise will be the new home for MDOP’s App-V and UE-V. Greater bolstering of native Enterprise Edition https://t.co/2j6JesgTO6
  • Partnership Ecosystem – Citrix Partnership puts hatchet to Azure RemoteApp for delivery of Win Apps from Azure Cloud. Free XenApp Express. https://t.co/S4TQsxhHT9
  • New Feature – General Availability for Azure AD Authentication for access to Azure SQL DB and Data Warehouse services https://t.co/CnDzdNjW4L
  • New Feature – PowerBI gets connector for Amazon Redshift data. (Only via Desktop App and not Web or Gateway) https://t.co/mRRB6S2mhZ
  • Analyst Insight – Azure IaaS ‘Top Right’ Gartner Magic Quadrant behind AWS https://t.co/9v71aUHtuG
  • Licensing –  Project Online, Professional and Premium were Generally Available from August 1st 2016 – updated in the Microsoft Product Terms August 2016 https://goo.gl/TrCbNm
  • Licensing – Project Online: Project Lite has been replaced with Project Online Essentials and Project Online has been replace with Project Online Professional – updated in the Microsoft Product Terms August 2016 https://goo.gl/TrCbNm
  • Licensing – Windows 10 Pro 1607 (14393) removes Group Policy Editor options for Pro including display of ads/promos, consumer experience, Tips, Lock Screen, Cortana.
  • Licensing – Windows 10 Servicing Updates would require Feature Updates for continued security patches. https://t.co/19EudaCfv1
  • Resource (Licensing) – Great little summary video from Microsoft on their ‘EA on MPSA’ programme changes. https://t.co/ihyya98m01
  • Licensing – The number of cores covered by a single license for R Server 2016 for Hadoop and for R Server 2016 for Teradata DB have been increased to 24. This change applies to new Licenses as well as Licenses purchased prior to August 1 2016 – updated in the Microsoft Product Terms August 2016 https://goo.gl/TrCbNm
  • Licensing – Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and E5, to replace Windows Enterprise SKU, added to the Microsoft Product Terms August 2016 https://goo.gl/TrCbNm
  • Licensing – SQL Server Enterprise Editions (Server/CAL) have been removed. Existing SA Customers upgrading to 2016 should refer to the June 2016 Product Terms for terms and conditions governing the use of the product. from the Microsoft Product Terms August 2016 https://goo.gl/TrCbNm
  • Pricing – Azure Compute Capacity Promotion – the ability to assign unused entitlements from this promo from an expiring Enrollment to a new enrollment has been removed from the Microsoft Product Terms August 2016 https://goo.gl/TrCbNm
  • Licensing – Microsoft clarify the right to move Unified Solutions to shared servers under Self Hosting does not include Windows Server or any Windows Server access licenses. Microsoft Product Terms August 2016 https://goo.gl/TrCbNm

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Microsoft Update July 2016

Microsoft Updates for July 2016

“Microsoft has the largest channel network in the industry. Larger than AWS, Google and Salesforce combined.”

  • New Features – Office365 feature exclusives worth considering incl. dynamic navigation in PowerPoint, ML enabled Editor in Word https://t.co/cmLcK8693a
  • New Feature – Example of Mobile First, Cloud First development. Focused Inbox is fantastic, great to see it on the Outlook Client https://t.co/vTXi1Vl0xr
  • Licensing – Azure AD Premium P2 within extended EMS E5 bundle in Q3 2016. ADP2 SKU on August Price File. Orders accepted September 1st.
  • New Feature – Microsoft announce planned release Azure Stack in Mid CY 2017 with HP, Lenovo, Dell https://t.co/dlE3YbqKkv
  • New Feature – Always Encrypted in Azure SQL Database is Generally Available https://t.co/P05dGOJUkn
  • Tool – So this is cool, Microsoft drop Azure Usage and Billing Portal on GitHub and extends APIs https://t.co/EqbPGtGpLv
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Microsoft Stream in Freemium Preview. Named successor of Office365 Video https://t.co/GNjfY7U7TN shows cracks in MS integrated development
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Security Center is now Generally Available https://t.co/mAfXWilQKM providing Breach Incident Reporting and Analytics across platforms
  • Licensing – Microsoft Bookings comes to Office365 only for Business Premium Subscribers. E3 and E5 promised to follow https://t.co/0oQI6MXECj
  • Licensing – Microsoft U-Turn on SA for CALs for License Mobility in the July Product Terms (Updated Article) https://goo.gl/wGRaX3
  • Tool – Skype for Business Planning Tool https://t.co/uQYbOftHJi (Download)
  • Roadmap Lifecycle –  Microsoft OMS Upgrade Analytics enters Public Preview like MAP https://t.co/fm0aq3tKYh
  • Technical Dependency – If you are upgrading to Windows 10 skip SCCM 2012 R2. Look at SCCM 2016 Update 1606 (supports Anniversary Update) now rolling out https://t.co/uD0VaUJRIE
  • Resource (Licensing) – Licensing comparison of Windows Server 2016 Editions https://t.co/WCcDHLiLXE
  • Tool – Microsoft publish tool to migrate Datazen content (dashboards and KPIs) to SQL 2016 Reporting Server https://t.co/aykZKXht34 (download)
  • Resource – Azure Decision Tree (Technology Selection) https://t.co/0ph2JQvOyh
  • New Feature – Office365 Microsoft Flow (workflows) and PowerApps (forms) offer extensibility to updated UI SharePoint Lists for SharePoint https://t.co/HQ5Kxy4ba5
  • Licensing – OMS  Subscription extends to include System Center on-premise. System Center OMS AddOn remains Customers with an Operations Management Suite L2 subscription, may install and run System Center Server Standard with Operations Management Suite L2 for Managing an OSE in customer’s own facility or in Microsoft Azure https://t.co/v9QrWy5DK1
  • Microsoft News – Microsoft announce System Center 2016 General Availability for October 1st. OMS extensibility, Linux and Unix Support https://t.co/JzRX77XgWy
  • Licensing – Office365 Education now available via supported Microsoft Cloud Agreement (MCA) https://t.co/S1NX2BoVGF
  • New Feature – Skype Meeting Broadcast will get transcription and translation end of CY 2016 https://t.co/7PhDkTGp5I
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Skype PSTN Calling is now in UK and US https://t.co/JLc3cvMXJi
  • Resource – Microsoft create Skype Operations Framework (SOF) planning and deployment methodology https://t.co/Q8HIzeC91B
  • Microsoft News – Facebook ‘likes’ Microsoft. Starts with Office365 Exchange Online and Delve https://t.co/w2pMmix5I4
  • New Feature – Windows Server 2016 Datacenter and Standard w. 3 install options. Desktop GUI, Core w. PowerShell, and Nano https://t.co/EAIxj9C5ew
  • Licensing – Windows Server 2016 will also include LTSB versus CBB service branches. https://t.co/qWkweAwjXD
  • Technical Dependency – Microsoft pull support  for Win7 for next gen chipsets. Drives upgrades to Windows10  https://t.co/iw3q6XpSOY
  • Resource – Best article on TechNet on Windows10 feature update deferment models and withdrawal to security updates https://t.co/2eN3OFDuFK
  • Microsoft News – Microsoft announce ‘Office in a Box’ strategy with expansive Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) E5 bundle (General Availability October 1st 2016) https://t.co/kh45mI0eSy
  • Licensing – Secure Islands acquisition finds a home in Azure Information Protection Premium P2 within extended EMS E5 bundle https://t.co/A7eL6hbdiw
  • Microsoft News – Microsoft announce integrated security EMS bundle to become Enterprise Mobility + Security (EM+S) E3 + E5 offerings https://t.co/A7eL6hbdiw
  • Microsoft News – Microsoft play for integrated security layer, announce “Secure Productive Enterprise” bundles (General Availability October 1st 2016) https://t.co/kh45mI0eSy
  • Licensing – Windows10 “Premium” to be renamed Windows Enterprise E5 with Win Defender Advanced Threat Protection  in August 2016 Product Terms https://t.co/kh45mI0eSy
  • New Feature – Future of SharePoint sees closer OneDrive integration w. sync features, and analytics with Delve https://t.co/GIhGM1yuDA
  • Competitor Insight – SAP Hana on Microsoft Azure is a landmark strategic partnership. https://t.co/08dSQrUvdq
  • Microsoft News – Enterprise Advantage on MPSA in 2017. Microsoft shift EA under the MPSA framework. Gov and Edu Advantage on horizon https://t.co/VPjGRvOddq
  • New Feature – SharePoint Mobile App for iOS https://t.co/KqmmLs9dCB
  • Acquisition – Microsoft acquired Wand Labs https://t.co/KYVpuvLSxq leverage intelligent agents and cognitive services into chat experiences with Bing and Cortana
  • SoftwareONE – SoftwareONE Blog Article on the 500 EA minimum user/device counts going into effect today https://t.co/XNKGCxj989
  • Licensing – July EA enrolment SCE contract wording will support reservations for eligible products.
  • Licensing – July EA: Indefinite Extended Term: Azure, after 12 month enrolment term expires, service will be continue indefinitely at level A plus 3%
  • Licensing – July EA: Indefinite Extended Term: Online Services maintained for year after enrolment (under which they were purchased) expires 1/2
  • Licensing –July EA Pricing: Certain consumption Online Services Price Protection exempt. Initially Skype for Business impacted with floating prices.
  • Licensing –July EA enrolment: clarification on effective date at renewal. The new contract period is the day after the prior contract ends.
  • Licensing –July EA enrollment: new contract terms do not support fewer than 500 Qualified Users/Devices. Renew once via Enterprise Renewal Form
  • Licensing –July EA – Downgrade Rights clarification – right to downgrade to prior versions, the use terms at time of purchase would apply.
  • Licensing – Office365 Planner is now Generally Available for all Enterprise Plans E1-E5 https://t.co/WxoM2OLUWv
  • Technical Dependency – Project and Visio side-by-side compatibility with Office365 C2V versions https://t.co/fGTjpgAw0k. The Microsoft Product Terms June 2016 provides MSI Install (p59)
  • Resource (Licensing) Skype for Business PSTN Calling FAQs https://t.co/y1fYhO2Rkd
  • Resource (Licensing) SQL on Azure VMs FAQs https://t.co/K3NEs5NkUq

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Microsoft Update June 2016

Microsoft updates for June 2016

Microsoft acquire LinkedIn with 433 million corporate identities. What Reid Hoffman terms “Web 3.0 human network data”.

  • Licensing – SQL Server 2016 is Generally Available and added to the Microsoft Product Terms June 2016 https://goo.gl/HpcNuQ
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – SQL Server 2016 is Generally Available. Added to the Microsoft Product Terms June 2016 https://goo.gl/HpcNuQ
  • Licensing – Microsoft remove SQL Server Core Factor licensing metric from the Microsoft Product Terms June 2016 https://goo.gl/HpcNuQ
  • Licensing – Office 2016 users with a Project Pro for Office 365 or Visio Pro for Office 365 subscription may install and use a single copy of Project Professional 2016 or Visio Professional 2016 (MSI) software on the device which Office 2016 is installed on. Ref: Microsoft Product Terms June 2016 https://goo.gl/HpcNuQ
  • Licensing – Azure Commitment Rates definition was removed and a notice was added for indirect Enterprise Agreement Customers, all usage exceeding the Allocated Annual Commitment will be invoiced at Consumption Rates to the Customer’s reseller at the end of each Enrollment quarter. Ref: Microsoft Product Terms June 2016 https://goo.gl/HpcNuQ
  • Licensing – Office365 Advanced Security Management is Generally Available and added to the Microsoft Product Terms June 2016 https://goo.gl/HpcNuQ
  • Licensing – Skype for Business PSTN Consumption is Generally Available and added to the Microsoft Product Terms June 2016 https://goo.gl/HpcNuQ
  • Acquisition – Microsoft announce Azure Information Protection. Emerges from Secure Island acquisition. Persistent IRM data classification at file level https://t.co/URxSoWRVOO
  • Resource – Fantastic article on Compute Capacity Limits by SQL Server Edition https://t.co/HVm2LeMrb8
  • Article – Great little summary of Office365 E5 by SoftwareONE https://t.co/zP5dpbinWt
  • Resource – SharePoint 2016 hybrid configuration roadmaps https://t.co/NZoswlJhQ8
  • Analyst Insight – Gartner Magic Quadrant for EMM – Enterprise Mobility Management – Microsoft EMS recognised as visionary https://t.co/63uRhO9qgw
  • Resource – Great information resources on Azure security https://t.co/25WtSN19Hw
  • New Feature – Enterprise State Roaming is Generally Available on Azure AD Premium. Sync App and OS state data across devices w/o a Microsoft Account https://t.co/vVC2qKE3FW
  • Partner Ecosystem – Citrix and Microsoft to offer Windows10 VDI on Azure with CBB XenDesktop Solution https://t.co/PRPWgTLOiv
  • Partner Ecosystem – Citrix to provide new EMM service on Azure that will integrate and wrap around EMS (Enterprise Mobility Suite)  https://t.co/PRPWgTLOiv
  • Partner Ecosystem – Citrix to integrate NetScaler conditional access into Intune App SDK  https://t.co/PRPWgTLOiv
  • Partner Ecosystem – Citrix XenMobile benefits from EMS Integration with Self Service Password Reset and Write-back and Azure MFA  https://t.co/PRPWgTLOiv
  • Partner Ecosystem – Citrix Worx and Receiver Apps to get Intune SDK and Azure AD Support.  https://t.co/PRPWgTLOiv

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Microsoft Update May 2016

Microsoft updates for May 2016

  • Licensing – SQL Enterprise Edition 2016 will include BI and PDW https://t.co/bvXreNSX2l
  • Licensing – Project Server 2016 General Availability –  Microsoft Product Terms May 2016 https://goo.gl/594h41
  • Licensing – SharePoint Server 2016 General Availability –  Microsoft Product Terms May 2016 https://goo.gl/594h41
  • Licensing – The Software Assurance attribute table was updated to indication that R Server products offer License Mobility and Self-Hosting –  Microsoft Product Terms May 2016 https://goo.gl/594h41
  • Licensing – Office365 Education E5 General Availability – Microsoft Product Terms May 2016 https://goo.gl/594h41
  • Licensing – HDInsight Server was removed from the SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse Additional Software list – Microsoft Product Terms May 2016 https://goo.gl/594h41
  • Licensing – Office Online Server was added to the Office Online Software Assurance Benefit – Microsoft Product Terms May 2016 https://goo.gl/594h41
  • Licensing – Training Vouchers – Demonstration Sessions have been removed from the Training Vouchers Software Assurance Benefit – Microsoft Product Terms May 2016 https://goo.gl/594h41
  • Licensing – System Center – SQL Server Technology rights were updated in System Center Server, System Center Client Management Suite, and System Center Configuration Manager to allow use of more than one instance of SQL Server in support of Customer’s System Center use. –  Microsoft Product Terms May 2016 https://goo.gl/594h41
  • Licensing – Visual Studio Team Foundation Server -The SQL Server Technology rights were updated to allow use of more than one instance of SQL Server in support of Customer’s Visual Studio Team Foundation Server use –  Microsoft Product Terms May 2016 https://goo.gl/594h41
  • Licensing – The Product Conditions attribute table was updated for Office 365 Customer Lockbox, Office 365 Delve Analytics, and Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery to indication that these services are Reduction Eligible and True-Up Eligible –  Microsoft Product Terms May 2016 https://goo.gl/594h41
  • Licensing – Developer Tools update made to clarify that online services made available with an MSDN subscription may not be used in a Product Environment –  Microsoft Product Terms May 2016 https://goo.gl/594h41
  • New Features – SCCM update 1605 includes Win Defender ATP and EDP data policies, tagging devices as ‘corp owned’, by cluster patching, https://t.co/EWOlZDh7IK
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure DevTest Labs General Availability provides manageable sandboxes https://t.co/NNV5r3yObf
  • Licensing – Office Online Server General Availability from May 1st 2016. Create, Edit, Save will require SA or Office365 ProPlus USL (View Only without SA)
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Office365 SharePoint Online Public Website deprecation announcement https://t.co/kDH3O7a65j
  • Licensing – Office365 contract renewal after July 1st 2016 – Office365 E4 will need a new Office365 plan.
  • Technical Dependency – Yammer is now switched on by default in Office365 and already rolling-out from March 2016.
  • Support Lifecycle – Office365 ProPlus subscribers should prepare for upgrade from 2013 to 2016. Support officially ends February 2017.
  • Support Lifecyle – The Azure AD DirSync feature will be deprecated on April 4th 2017. Microsoft are instead positioning Azure AD Connect
  • Support Lifecycle – Blackberry are discontinuing the Business Cloud Service in August 2016. Advice is to switch to devices that support Exchange ActiveSync
  • Microsoft News – Microsoft announce Skype PSTN Consumption General Availability on June 1st 2016
  • Microsoft News – Office365 Advanced Security Management service will be included into the existing Office365 E5 Suite on June 1st https://t.co/hbAaZnn8eb
  • Resource (Licensing) – Windows10 feature update deferment models and withdrawal to security updates https://t.co/2eN3OFDuFK
  • New Features – 22 SaaS Apps added to Azure AD in April https://t.co/jCjM8iaLls
  • New Features – SCCM and Intune Feature Updates https://t.co/8Sba5gxCyO
  • Licensing – SQL Server 2016 licensing update SQL Business Intelligence discontinued. Active SA renewal license grant to SQL Enterprise Server License
  • Resource – SharePoint 2016 update model with SA via “Feature Packs”. New paradigm for on prem, hybrid cloud feature extensibility https://t.co/DKFLjux0Ic
  • Microsoft News – The Windows 10 free-for-first year upgrade offer definitely ends July 29 2016

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Microsoft Update – April 2016

Microsoft update – April 2016

  • Licensing – Microsoft Cloud App Security General Availability – added to the Microsoft Product Terms April 2016 https://goo.gl/y7VjwN
  • Licensing – Dynamics AX 2012 R3 on-premises customers with active SA can now purchase “For SA” USLs to add on access to the cloud – added to the Microsoft Product Terms April 2016 https://goo.gl/y7VjwN
  • Licensing – Azure Rights Management renamed Azure Rights Management Premium – Microsoft Product Terms April 2016 https://goo.gl/y7VjwN
  • Licensing – Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE) – Right to manage OSEs on Microsoft Azure under CIS Licenses section was moved from System Center Server to Core Infrastructure Server (CIS) Suite – Microsoft Product Terms April 2016 https://goo.gl/y7VjwN
  • Microsoft News – Microsoft announce SharePoint 2016 General Availability in May https://t.co/T4j7MLpXJ3.
  • Microsoft News – Microsoft announce effective July 1, 2016 Select Plus Retirement for Commercial customers, no new orders.
  • Microsoft News  – Microsoft announce new licensing metrics for Windows Server 2016 – DC Edition unlimited OSEs, Hyper-V and WinSvr Containers. STD Edition 2 OSEs Hyper-V, unlimited Hyper-V containers
  • New Feature  – Windows 10 “Anniversary Edition” will provide Bash Linux terminal  https://t.co/gbhBUxxf8g
  • New Feature – Windows 10 “Anniversary Edition”: Enterprise Data Protection (EDP) support for Intune and 3rd party tools for privileged application control and remote wipe https://t.co/k0xQNaQKXg
  • New Feature – Windows10 “Anniversary Edition” adds Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to E5, Windows Hello https://t.co/eWZDLkY75S
  • Article – Pros and Cons about building a RDS environment on Azure https://t.co/TDiSI2pIVT
  • Licensing – Office365 Cloud App Security General Availability – was added to Product Terms and Online Service Terms in April 2016
  • Support Lifecycle – SQL Server 2005 now out of support from April 12th 2016. https://t.co/377OIHgDqp
  • Support Lifecycle – Exchange Server 2007 is out of support in less than a year. https://t.co/SciiPC6Knv
  • Article – SQL Server ‘Incremental Servicing Model’ will proactively place CUs to Windows Update Catalog https://t.co/k9ViLjNbwe
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – SQL Server 2016 Release Candidate 3 Generally Available https://t.co/WjOJIwIQaC
  • Licensing – Effective April 1st 2016, SQL Developer only available via Dev Essentials (free). Enterprise Bits. No Downgrade Rights: look to MSDN https://t.co/emwq3833f7
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Container Service now Generally Available  https://t.co/Wgq59OAog1
  • Resource (Licensing) – Skype for Business PSTN licensing FAQs https://t.co/xVtDvXScOR

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Tony Mackelworth is Head of Microsoft Advisory Services at SoftwareONE

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