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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