Microsoft Update March 2019

Some of the principle licensing updates for March 2019

  • Microsoft published the pricing for the Exten ded Security Updates for SQL Server and Windows Server 2008. I recommend reading this article
  • Microsoft announce the General Availability of Visual Studio 2019 with Community, and Professional and Enterprise. See the announcement
  • Microsoft General Availability of System Center 2019 See the announcement
  • Microsoft update the Home Use Program FAQs See the updated FAQs
  • Extended Security Updates for Windows 7 See the announcement
  • Microsoft improve website on Microsoft Plans See the Microsoft website
  • Microsoft create playbook for cloud migration for partners
  • CSP grew by 52% in 12 months See the announcement
  • $32 billion in revenue in the Q2 earnings with commercial cloud revenue increase of 48% year-over-year to $9 billion, and Azure by 76%
  • The Azure Expert MSP managed service program has grown to 43 partners that focuses on partners that drive consistent, repeatable, high-fidelity managed services on Azure and are driving more than $100,000 per month in Azure consumption.
  • Microsoft Cloud Agreement forced via API – starting March 22, 2019, Microsoft will require all partners participating in the CSP program using the Partner Center API to confirm customer acceptance to the Microsoft Cloud Agreement. Microsoft’s systems will automatically check if the customer contract is agreed with the customer. If it is not present, the transaction will not be able to be completed. First purchases for new customers will also require the Microsoft Cloud Agreement acceptance. Microsoft FAQs are available here
  • Azure Reservations and Subscriptions expanding to new countries/regions –  Azure reservations for Windows Server, and SQL Server subscriptions will be available for purchase through the CSP program in 9 new countries and regions starting March 12, 2019. Notable additions are Brazil, Taiwan, and South Korea.
  • Billing Change for Azure Reservations and Server Subscriptions – CSP – Effective March 1, 2019 12:00 am UTC, all invoices for Azure reservations and server subscriptions transactions will be issued by the end of 8th calendar day (UTC) of the following month, consolidating the billing cycle for the specified offers. The first invoice with the new billing cycle will be available by the end of the day April 8th, 2019 (UTC). Also, effective March 1, 2019 the invoices for Azure reservations and server subscriptions will be issued using an improved format.

Upcoming Updates

  • After a considerable number of updates to the Dynamics Licensing Guide in January 2019, Microsoft have announced some further licensing updates effective April 1st – there is a From SA qualified user rule change. On-premises concurrent users transitioning to the cloud (as named users): As a one-time exception, customers may purchase a greater number of “From SA” Qualified Offer at renewal. On-premises named users transitioning to the cloud (as named users): As a one-time exception, customers may purchase a quantity of eligible “From SA” Qualified Offer plus 10% at renewal.
  • Effective May 1, 2019, Dynamics 365 for Team Members (On-Premises) use rights will align with the online Dynamics 365 Team Members use rights implemented October 1, 2018. The Dynamics 365 for Team Members (On-Premises) license will enable users access to data and basic level capabilities, including self-service scenarios. With this change, there will be grandfathering terms specific to on-premises customers, including SPLA and ISV-R partners, similar to what was provided for online customers.
  • The updated Dynamics Licensing Guide for April 2019 is available for download here

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