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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Microsoft Update March 2016

Microsoft updates March 2016

  • Tool – System Center Monitoring Pack for monitoring Intune and SCCM integrations now available https://t.co/QKHyTEzvMH
  • Microsoft News – SQL Server R Services coming to 2016 https://t.co/pTQcwZ6ngs
  • Technical Dependency – Minimum specs for Project Server 2016 with SharePoint 2016 requires WinSvr 2012 R2, SQL Server 2014 and Project Pro 2013 https://t.co/UZOpN2CSL4
  • Licensing – SharePoint Enterprise Edition 2016 license required for Project Server 2016https://t.co/UZOpN2CSL4
  • Pricing – Microsoft offer SA Subscription via an SCE enterprise-wide “offer” to win Oracle databases https://t.co/nIaDXIKbQx
  • Article- Software Assurance for SQL Server will enable future deployment right on Linux https://t.co/BBaG8bGATy
  • Resource (Licensing)- SQL 2016 Azure Stretch DB introduces DBU ‘Database Stretch Unit’ Metric https://t.co/BV78KCUncF
  • Partner Ecosystem – Microsoft support Forbidden Technologies Forscene on Azure Marketplace. Shares soar reportedly ~60% https://t.co/FGpDzCETVb
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Search Basic Tier enters Public Preview https://t.co/7Ma4sin573
  • Microsoft News – Microsoft announce Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection for Windows10  . Compliments ATA and ATP. https://t.co/hjFtth9hom
  • Pricing – Server Name Indication (SNI) SSL for Azure App Service pricing update for Basic, Standard, Premium Service tiers https://t.co/1sA0GhU4D8
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure SQL DB temporal tables enter Preview https://t.co/eYg8CIpJtA
  • Licensing – Microsoft Azure StorSimple added to the Microsoft Product Terms March 2016 https://goo.gl/Dfeuxu
  • Licensing – Developer Tools – Windows Server and Windows Desktop Operating System software can be run on Microsoft Azure Platform Services in non-production use, added to the Microsoft Product Terms March 2016 https://goo.gl/Dfeuxu

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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 https://t.co/WvqQcXfm0a
  • SoftwareONE – Microsoft Advisory Services are designed to make life simpler for you. https://t.co/AEIalLxC7D
  • Resource (Licensing) – Azure Billing and Subscriptions FAQs https://t.co/Bw23xMnbNt
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure AD Identity Protection enters Public Preview. Machine Learning enabled threat analytics for cloud identities. Compliments ATA for on-prem https://t.co/0a2bNcuqm1
  • New Feature – Customer Lockbox (Office365 E5) support for Exchange Online to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business from https://t.co/bmnxq2mEcl
  • Licensing – Office365 Dynamic Groups could ‘pull in’ Azure AD Premium Subscriptions for every directory query https://t.co/wDkEtWo5Ag
  • Microsoft News – Office365 App Discovery and available via Office365 E5 from April 2016 https://t.co/HsciHmBkB5
  • Acquisition – Cloud App Security Broker, incorporating the Adallom acquisition, rolls out April 2016 for Office365 Plan E5 https://t.co/7BcpbOaIXT
  • Resource (Licensing) – Dynamic Office 365 Groups might come with a big cost https://t.co/UMYUNNCD2p
  • New Feature – Exchange public folder mailbox limits are increasing from 100 to 1000 for Exchange Online over February 2016 https://t.co/ClsTCXzwvK
  • Tools – Exchange Deployment  Advisor updated for 2016 scenarios https://t.co/O7cIC78C57
  • Tools – Exchange 2013 and 2016 exmon (user monitor) Tool now available for download https://t.co/1CJKWMqwM8
  • Resource – Microsoft guidance on taking your application portfolio to the Azure cloud https://t.co/vecwmpxiPv
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – SQL Server Express Images are in the Azure Gallery https://t.co/ApkY9cbqSQ
  • Licensing – Microsoft updated how they approach rental PC market for licensing Office and Windows in February 2016 https://t.co/xM9qUyqGZ8
  • Licensing – ISV ‘Self-Hosted Applications’ use right extended from dedicated to shared servers option. Ref: Microsoft Product Terms February 2016 https://goo.gl/LeCqcA
  • Resource (Licensing) – Azure Site Recovery (ASR) Licensing Whitepaper for Service Providers https://t.co/02Jm8h3GNM
  • Licensing – The Windows Server Hybrid Use Azure SA Benefit General Availability  https://t.co/8Gc0VipKSd Ref:  Microsoft Product Terms, February 2016 https://goo.gl/XVjSDW
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Container Service enters Public Preview https://t.co/o3gB9ingAI
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – SQL Server Stretch DB enters Public Preview on Azure https://t.co/tigsba5lDA
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – RedHat Enterprise Linux on Azure Marketplace General Availability https://t.co/ohnpiAyrVw
  • Acquisition – Microsoft acquires Xamarin https://t.co/0emLBVlFYN
  • New Features – New Admin control over Yammer licensing and access at user level, allow enforcement of Office365 identity. https://t.co/3VlcqlukU6
  • Tools – Microsoft have a new tool to support Azure data Import https://t.co/4iP2LtS6ab
  • Licensing – SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager) CML and SCEP (System Center Endpoint Protection) subscription to manage Win Defender in Windows 10 https://t.co/gAMFf3WLr8
  • Resource – Windows10 Update History site provides archive of release notes https://t.co/MFicrcTNk0
  • 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 https://goo.gl/XVjSDW
  • 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 https://goo.gl/XVjSDW
  • 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 https://goo.gl/XVjSDW
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Enterprise State Roaming enters Public Preview. Available with Azure AD Premium and Windows10 for App and OS Settings sync https://t.co/GVuCo9dgfK
  • Licensing – Dynamics AX Enterprise, Task, Self Serve, Sandbox SKUs are added to the Microsoft Product Terms, February 2016 https://goo.gl/XVjSDW

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Microsoft Update – January 2016

Microsoft update January 2016

  • Licensing – Microsoft add terms for From SA SKUs, transitions to From SA User SLs that when transitioning to From SA User SLs Customer must add devices as necessary to comply with the Primary use requirements in the Windows Desktop Operating System section – Microsoft Product Terms January 2016 https://goo.gl/iFiDzV
  • Licensing – Microsoft provide more liberal SA renewal options – renewing coverage from a Separate Agreement section was updated to allow for Enterprise Products acquired under a company-wide coverage requirement to renew SA for the products under an MPSA  – Microsoft Product Terms January 2016 https://goo.gl/iFiDzV
  • Licensing – R Server General Availability was added to Microsoft Product Terms January 2016 https://goo.gl/iFiDzV
  • Resource – Azure Pack Roadmap https://t.co/p648hWmboc
  • Resource – SharePoint best practices for design and performance in SharePoint Online https://t.co/BidJSzL832
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Technical Preview  of Microsoft Azure Stack on 29th January https://t.co/HDB5xoMZ3i
  • New Feature – Log Analytics comes to Microsoft Operations Management Suite (MOMS) https://t.co/Nul5QdMpco
  • Partner Ecosystem – Barracuda Essentials for Office365 provides security, archiving and eDiscovery extensibility https://t.co/4nN5cA5dJ5
  • Acquisition – Improvements to Skype expected with Microsoft acquisition of Event Zero https://t.co/WjjuXCrYcJ
  • Pricing – Microsoft February price drop -17% for Azure D series v2 instances. -10% for WinSvr Instances.
  • Tool – Azure SQL database index advisor enables SQL tuning. Now Generally Available https://t.co/vYyi1oe2xo
  • Pricing – Azure RemoteApp extensibility with Premium/Plus pricing tier for extra compute. 80% discount with EMS and RDS CALs https://t.co/WYut4wJ3zS
  • Licensing – Microsoft allow international transfers to another user of some developer subscriptions https://t.co/YIa0p3LoJs
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Role-Based Access Control (RABC) now Generally Available  https://t.co/OOAseKR1jy
  • Licensing – Microsoft make Azure MFA (Multi Factor Authentication) available as a standalone USL under Volume Licensing. Don’t worry it’s still in AD Premium https://t.co/cWizCjvSym
  • Technical Dependency –  Internet Explorer 11 is now the minimum supported browser for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update https://t.co/7pVCBOfEjO
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – StorSimple for Azure EA in Public Preview https://t.co/3SWZvWs9lL
  • Technical Dependency – Hardware Specs for Microsoft Azure Stack https://t.co/8wD4bLgNIj
  • Resource – Planning an efficient upgrade from SQL Server 2005 3/3 https://t.co/TNHvQXA6us
  • Resource – Planning an efficient upgrade from SQL 2005 2/3 https://t.co/kOJSaNi0R5

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Microsoft Update December 2015

Microsoft updates for December 2015

  • Licensing – OneDrive for Business disappoints E1 customers w.1TB limit. Microsoft extends ‘unlimited’ with an increase to 5TB for E3,E4,E5 https://t.co/RfxtyVtc6s
  • Licensing – OneDrive for Business next gen sync client supports 10GB files and 20,000 documents. https://t.co/iSFMvCQOEz
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure IoT Suite predictive maintenance now Generally Available https://t.co/JKSb9V6Asj
  • Tool – Skype for Business Planning Tool https://t.co/6GDJDcj5Wd
  • Tool – Microsoft release DskSpd storage testing tool https://t.co/cq33sNJvuh
  • Resource – SQL 2005 Upgrade Planning – Advice from the SQL group at Microsoft https://t.co/86dmagFW1b
  • Licensing – Azure RMS w. mailbox encryption and user rights policies could provide encryption functionality to E1 for users that don’t require all of Office365 E3
  • Resource – You can backup Vmware on prem VMs to Azure via ASR Azure Site Recovery https://t.co/MGF729y8EV
  • New Features – Office365 Groups now supports eDiscovery, litigation hold and Auditing for Office365 E3 (website disabled)  https://t.co/tmkmnYwRrK.
  • New Feature – Microsoft make it easier to schedule a meeting with FindTime for Office365 https://t.co/8phnVUQNka
  • Partner Ecosystem – Blockchain as a Service on Azure (Ethyreum via ConsenSys) https://t.co/MllsTGFXeC
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – General Availability – Azure Automation https://t.co/yqHu12DnT4
  • Resource (Licensing) Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Licensing FAQs Datasheet https://t.co/SByaxz7Pnv
  • New Feature – General Availability of New Azure Portal https://t.co/QWBQUwbwnm
  • New Feature – Operations Management Suite (OMS) Alerts https://t.co/VglQZMzoQK
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Container Service enters Public Preview https://t.co/pHcoAZktxN
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – General Availability of PowerApps https://t.co/HI9nygv1qq
  • Licensing – Visual Studio Online renamed as Visual Studio Team Services. New Licensing. Includes TFS CAL
    https://t.co/vfaBDw7bMq
  • Licensing – Visual Studio 2015 purchasing options. New cloud subscriptions only via Azure marketplace. EA customers get discount https://t.co/vOXQ3zGuOk
  • New Feature – SQL Azure DB row-level security predicates Generally Available https://t.co/1geD7kOwoY
  • Partner Ecosystem – HP Enterprise  strategic partnership with Microsoft w. Cloud Platform Solution preconfigured hybrid Azure-in-a-Box https://t.co/DcAfUKW9Vm
  • Licensing – Office365 E5 is Generally Available and added to the Microsoft Product Terms December 2015 https://goo.gl/LXBPWA
  • Licensing – Office365 E5 component Customer Lockbox is Generally Available and added to the Microsoft Product Terms December 2015 https://goo.gl/LXBPWA
  • Licensing – Office365 E5 component Delve Analytics is Generally Available and added to the Microsoft Product Terms December 2015 https://goo.gl/LXBPWA
  • Licensing – Office365 E5 component Advanced eDiscovery is Generally Available and added to the Microsoft Product Terms December 2015 https://goo.gl/LXBPWA
  • Licensing – Office365 E5 component OneDrive for Business Plan 2 is Generally Available and added to the Microsoft Product Terms December 2015 https://goo.gl/LXBPWA
  • Licensing –  Skype for Business Online Cloud PBX is Generally Available and added to the Microsoft Product Terms December 2015 https://goo.gl/LXBPWA
  • Licensing –  Skype for Business Online PSTN Calling  is Generally Available and added to the Microsoft Product Terms December 2015 https://goo.gl/LXBPWA
  • Licensing –  Skype for Business Online PSTN Conferencing is Generally Available and added to the Microsoft Product Terms December 2015 https://goo.gl/LXBPWA
  • Licensing –  Skype for Business Plus CAL is Generally Available and added to the Microsoft Product Terms December 2015 https://goo.gl/LXBPWA
  • Licensing – Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise is Generally Available and added to the Microsoft Product Terms December 2015 https://goo.gl/LXBPWA
  • Licensing – Microsoft update version with Dynamics CRM 2016 Additive CAL, Employee Self-Service CAL is Generally Available and added to the Microsoft Product Terms December 2015 https://goo.gl/LXBPWA
  • Licensing – Microsoft update e-learning benefits terms in the Microsoft Product Terms December 2015 https://goo.gl/LXBPWA
  • Licensing – System Center Configuration Manager: The current branch of System Center Configuration Manager may only be used by Customers with active System Center Configuration Manager SA or equivalent subscription rights – Microsoft Product Terms December 2015 https://goo.gl/LXBPWA
  • Licensing – Windows Desktop Operating System: The current branch of Windows 10 Enterprise may only be used by Customers with active Windows SA or VDA licenses – Microsoft Product Terms December 2015 https://goo.gl/LXBPWA
  • Licensing – Microsoft Dynamics AX: Fail-Over Rights in Section 4 were expanded to all editions (server and core license only) – Microsoft Product Terms December 2015 https://goo.gl/LXBPWA
  • Licensing – “License Mobility: For Products that qualify for Fail-Over Rights on dedicated Servers and have License Mobility Through Software Assurance, we are introducing fail-over rights for use on shared third party servers.” – Microsoft Product Terms December 2015 https://goo.gl/LXBPWA

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Microsoft Update November 2015

Microsoft update for November 2015

“You will own  a self-driving car by 2030” -future decoded 2015

  • Licensing – Core Infrastructure Server (CIS) Suite: Added terms in the Software Assurance section clarifying the SA benefits for subscription licenses – Microsoft Product Terms November 2015 https://goo.gl/YRL1DU
  • Licensing – SQL Server: Added terms in the Software Assurance section clarifying the SA benefits for subscription licenses – Microsoft Product Terms November 2015 https://goo.gl/YRL1DU
  • Licensing – Visual Studio: Added terms in the Software Assurance section clarifying the SA benefits for subscription licenses – Microsoft Product Terms November 2015 https://goo.gl/YRL1DU
  • Resource – Overview – Always Encrypted in SQL 2016 and Azure SQL DB https://t.co/krmkjcRWDJ
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Public Preview – Azure Service Fabric https://t.co/VhintWvzKk
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Public Preview – Azure Test/Dev Labs https://t.co/yAjSn0vMaG
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Public Preview – Azure Disk Encryption https://t.co/QkcNMuLzzq
  • Resource – Configure a Windows10 device for CBB (Current Business Branch) with Intune https://t.co/N3Wbv1EVGn
  • Licensing – You can now move your RedHat Subscriptions to Azure https://t.co/hv22uPBlvA
  • SoftwareONE – Introducing PyraCloud  https://t.co/Bb259jVNuO
  • Microsoft News – Microsoft Press Office confirm UK datacentre in 2016 as announced https://t.co/4zKgNPV1mn
  • New Features – Feature Updates for Azure Remote App https://t.co/hik7sH9wfL
  • Roadmap Lifecycle- enters Public Preview – Azure SQL database Threat Detection https://t.co/geANQBkq7r
  • Resource – Some great introductory videos of Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) – now in ECAL and EMS- https://t.co/io3VdOxG07
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – General Availability SQL Azure Database Query Store https://t.co/qSYqSp9maB
  • Article on limitations Office365 Exchange Archiving i.e. permanent delete option (w/o in-place hold) drives Mimecast https://t.co/aMHw4Alzcd
  • Support Lifecycle – Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 OEM won’t be sold after October 31st 2016 https://t.co/6anu5JwGzA
  • Partner Insight – Consensys and Microsoft parter to deliver Etheruem Blockchain Service on Azure https://t.co/kX0etEB4HG
  • Acquisition – Microsoft build out the DLP and data classification capabilities for Azure RMS by acquiring Secure Islands https://t.co/ZEjp6TNmh3
  • Resource – A great overview of Windows 10 Enterprise Data Protection https://t.co/5q4S8RIMKY
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Generally Available – MariaDB Enterprise Cluster in Azure Marketplace https://t.co/d24TqNWxzZ
  • Tools – Office Deployment Tool (ODT) updated to support branches https://t.co/urRUATrWVX
  • Resource – Deployment Guide for Office Pro Plus 2016 with SCCM https://t.co/5tu94jFJBD
  • Resource – Deployment Guide for Office365 Pro Plus 2016 with SCCM and Intune https://t.co/SNozsgUAf0
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Public Preview – Always Encrypted for Azure SQL Database https://t.co/NVFDZfpq8b
  • Partnership Insight – RedHat and Microsoft form landmark hybrid cloud Azure strategic partnership https://t.co/PhFZ3KyNnL
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Public Preview – Azure SQL DB In Memory OLTP and Real-Time Operational Analytics https://t.co/iPFUX935ko
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Public Preview – Azure Data Lake Analytics https://t.co/vo0YQwq3tu
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Public Preview – Azure Data Lake Store https://t.co/24wb4HAb7z
  • New Feature – Microsoft Azure AD just turned on ‘1 Click’ SSO for Google Apps https://t.co/R8AMJzLrpK
  • Partner Insight – CloudFoundry Generally Available on Azure. Upstream Cloud Partner Interface (CPI) enables support and integration https://t.co/3wvCvrNqyO
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Elastic Database Transactions enters Preview for Azure SQL DB https://t.co/6KxLqerjqi
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure DocumentDB now Generally Available in South Central US. Taking it to 11 Regions https://t.co/62mMR82KCE
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Transactional Replication in Azure SQL DB enters Public Preview https://t.co/uL3VWCigsu

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Microsoft Update October 2015

Microsoft updates for October 2015

  • Licensing – Office Pro Plus 2016 is Generally Available, added to the Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – Office Standard 2016 is Generally Available, added to the Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – Project Professional 2016 is Generally Available, added to the Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – Project Standard 2016 is Generally Available, added to the Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – Visio Professional 2016 is Generally Available, added to the Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – Visio Standard 2016 is Generally Available, added to the Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – Exchange Server Enterprise 2016 is Generally Available, added to the Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – Exchange Server Standard 2016 is Generally Available, added to the Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – Starting in October 1st, 2015, new and renewing Volume Licensing agreements licensed for 2016 version of Office System Software products will no longer be required active software assurance to receive Office Multi Language Pack benefits.  Language Packs will be included with Office System licenses Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – OneNote licenses are being discontinued. Commercial customers may acquire rights to use OneNote with the purchase of an Office Professional Plus 2016 license. Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – InfoPath 2013 will be the last version of standalone InfoPath. InfoPath 2013 will be included with licenses for Office Professional Plus 2016. Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – Clarified the rights to Office Online included with Office 365 ProPlus in the Product Entry for Office 365 Applications  Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – Home Use Program has been cut back, now only supports install on one device rather than two (Ref: Product Terms, Page 75) – Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Support Lifecycle – Threat Management Gateway WPS subscription support expires Dec 31st 2015
  • Resource – Microsoft build a new marketing portal for the Home Use Program (HUP) https://t.co/yBX1ktshx4
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Public Preview of In-Memory OLTP and real-time Operational Analytics in Azure SQL DB https://t.co/UMmagCaV3E
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Resource Health enters Preview https://t.co/hsgasjxaPA
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Data Lake reaches Public Preview https://t.co/smTdBLKI2Y
  • Licensing – New Office Service Update Model aligns with Windows10 and SCCM https://t.co/QWAxsexI38
  • Licensing – You can now deploy Windows10 ‘free’ Upgrade using Volume Licensing media https://t.co/ykKG8sNAEq
  • Tool – Exchange Server Role requirements calculator (updated) download https://t.co/dhCnxU8DZ8
  • Resource (Licensing) – Windows10 activation models https://t.co/9f2bOUUXtr
  • Resource (Licensing) – Home Use Program FAQs. (Update in the last Product Terms document, restricting to one device) https://t.co/S6rGB06AFf
  • New Feature – Azure Rights Management Services (RMS) Premium now benefits from document tracking feature https://t.co/qVD1yN6Far
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Powershell 1.0 in Preview https://t.co/S3Jb8mu042
  • Technical Dependency – In January 2016, IE11 will be the minimum supported browser for all supported Windows OS. https://t.co/VgaeKXpwFZ
  • New Features – PowerBI desktop updates October, with some cool new custom visualizations https://t.co/VmWZ7h9CjF
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Backup for Applications: SQL, Hyper-V VMs, Exchange and SharePoint Generally Available https://t.co/DIbLmorhJI
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Storage Client Library for iOS now in Public Preview https://t.co/OWJUW7MVHR
  • New Feature – Azure Search gets 56 language support. Latest REST API, SDK and Azure Search https://t.co/AuJNpNxsqj
  • New Feature – Azure Storage versioning aligned to features. Microsoft announce deprecated version end of life timeline w. planning https://t.co/4RYmzli7I5
  • Partner Ecosystem – Dell quietly launch Office365 Administrator https://t.co/PqCNLTrEry
  • Analyst Insight – Gartner stick Microsoft top right for SQL Data Platform in the Magic Quadrant https://t.co/PvcYax6CWs
  • Partner Ecosystem – Go big data with up to 30 node MapR cluster via Azure marketplace Hadoop https://t.co/IoJITNhnnG
  • Competitor Insight – Google target the Microsoft EA with free Google Apps until renewal offer. https://t.co/vh3LRbwei8
  • Tool – SQL Server 2016 Upgrade Advisor v1.2 download link available https://t.co/hdAO7yq8hf
  • New Features – Auditing for SQL Azure. another tick for Soc, HIPPA, PCI compliance requirements https://t.co/OnbAIyNZXP
  • New Features – Microsoft open up Skype, Invite anyone to a group chat with a unique URL and access via Skype Web or Clients http://t.co/pie9dEdn5w
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – In Preview: Azure Site Recovery gets SQL Always On Availability Groups Integration  https://t.co/8GNFs9bECa
  • Resource (Licensing) Office365 Pro Plus 2016 Microsoft provide much needed roll out availability guidance http://t.co/f0qZ3I3Rgg
  • Technical Dependency – Exchange 2010 Required for Office 365 Pro Plus 2016
  • Pricing – There is an offer to resolve  Project and Visio standalone installs with Office 365 Pro Plus 2016 https://t.co/7kzSPnCIXu
  • Technical Dependency – No side install with Visio or Project 2013 MSI with Office365 Pro Plus 2016 https://t.co/8lAInrGfni
  • Support Lifecycle – Office 2010 exits mainstream support on 12th of October 2015, and Office 2007 exited extended support on 12th October 2015
  • Support Lifecycle – Office 2013 will be the last version with InfoPath, and a deprecated solution. However, InfoPath Client 2013 is under support until 2023
  • Technical Dependency – Office 2016 click-to-run does not co-exist with click-to-run builds of Office 2013 applications
  • Resource – Microsoft launch a Hybrid Office website http://t.co/zkGJWVJNsT
  • Resource – Exchange 2016 Preferred Architecture http://t.co/pt77G4sYCQ
  • Microsoft News – Microsoft announce plan to provide Azure Compute pre-purchase bundle for Windows Server Licenses https://t.co/BQUseKhmH1
  • Microsoft News – Microsoft announce License Mobility of Windows Server to Azure (General Availability as Azure Hybrid Use Benefit later in February 2016) https://t.co/eByvL6Eppu

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