Microsoft Licensing and Services Update July 2016

My brief update on some of the principle roadmap and licensing updates from Microsoft in July 2016.  Thank you to those of you who joined my recent webinars with SoftwareONE.

With the announcement of the indirect EA on MPSA in 2017, and Windows Server GA Per Core  on October 1st, and the new expansive ‘Secure Productive Enterprise’ (SPE) plans- there has probably never been a better time to challenge organisations to rethink how they work with their reseller, and what they need to enable and manage their digital transformation and cost reduction programmes.

  • Windows 10 Pro 1607 (14393) removes Group Policy Editor options for Pro i.e. display of ads/promos, Consumer Experience, Tips, Lock Screen, Cortana.
  • Microsoft Windows10 Enterprise E3 could EXCLUDE LTSB. Offering CB and CBB service branches only. Expect September. (Reported by ZDNet) Update: I have asked ZDNet, and had confirmation it was from Microsoft presentation at partner show on E3 by Nic Fillingham ref: Mary Jo Foley.
  • CB, CBB Windows10 Servicing Updates would require Feature Updates for continued security patches.
  • Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) evolves from S-Plan pilot. Removes separate licensing on-prem application servers
  • Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) evolves from S-Plan Pilot. Supports one on-premise install of Office ProPlus MSI
  • Great little summary video from Microsoft on their ‘EA on MPSA’ programme changes
  • Free Windows10 Pro Upgrade ended on July 31st
  • Office365 Feature exclusives worth considering incl. dynamic navigation in PowerPoint, ML enabled Editor in Word, and replacement of Clutter with Priority Inbox (Machine Learning)
  • Azure AD Premium P2 within extended EMS E5 bundle in Q3 2016. ADP2 SKU on August Price File. Orders accepted September 1st
  • Microsoft to release Azure Stack in Mid CY 2017 with HP, Lenovo, Dell
  • Always Encrypted in Azure SQL Database is Generally Available
  • Microsoft Stream in Freemium Preview. Named successor of Office365 Video  shows cracks in MS integrated development
  • Azure Security Center is now Generally Available  providing Breach Incident Reporting and Analytics across platforms (E5)
  • Microsoft Bookings comes to Office365 only for Business Premium Subscribers. E3 and E5 promised to follow
  • Microsoft U-Turn on SA for CALs for License Mobility in the July PT (Updated Article)
  • New blog article ‘Enterprise Advantage on MPSA’
  • Skype for Business Planning Tool  (Download)
  • SharePoint 2016 Feature Pack eligible SA will see Preview Lists in August w. Microsoft Flow and PowerApps to follow
  • MOMS Upgrade Analytics (Public Preview) like MAP for Windows10 enables planning with App and Driver analysis
  • Upgrade to Windows10? Skip 2012 R2. Look at SCCM 2016 Update 1606 (supports Anniversary Update) now rolling out!
  • Licensing comparison of Windows Server 2016 Editions
  • Microsoft publish tool to migrate Datazen content (dashboards and KPIs) to SQL 2016 Reporting Server   (download) illustrates integration into Enterprise Edition after acquisition.
  • Azure Decision Tree (Technology Selection) Really useful infographic.
  • Office365 Microsoft Flow (workflows) and PowerApps (forms) offer extensibility to updated UI SharePoint Lists look to future feature packs from Office365.
  • From July 1st, cloud OMS  Subscription extends to Incl. System Center on-premise. System Center OMS AddOn remains
  • System Center 2016 General Availability w. WinSvr 2016 October 1st. OMS extensibility, Linux and Unix Support
  • Office365 Education now available via supported CSP model via Resellers
  • Skype Meeting Broadcast will get transcription and translation end of CY 2016
  • Skype PSTN Calling is now in UK and US.
  • Microsoft create Skype Operations Framework (SOF) planning and deployment methodology
  • Microsoft Cloud updates summarised list
  • Facebook likes Microsoft. Starts with Office365 Exchange Online and Delve
  • Windows Server 2016 Datacenter and Standard w. 3 install options. Desktop GUI, Core w. PowerShell, and Nano
  • Windows Server 2016 will also include LTSB vs CBB service branches.
  • Windows Server 2016 General Availability on October 1st. Get ready for Per Core with SoftwareONE
  • Microsoft pull support  for Win7 for next gen chipsets. Drives upgrades to Windows10
  • Best article on TechNet on Windows10 feature update deferment models and withdrawal to security updates
  • Microsoft pitch ‘Office in a Box’ strategy with expansive “Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) E5 bundle
  • Azure AD Premium P2 within extended EMS E5 bundle in Q3 2016. More robust identity privileged management features
  • Secure Islands acquisition finds a home in Azure Information Protection Premium P2 within extended EMS E5 bundle
  • Microsoft integrate security EMS bundle across E3 + E5 offerings to align with “better” E3 vs. “best” E5 strategy
  • Microsoft play for integrated security layer, with “Secure Productive Enterprise” bundles
  • Windows10 “Premium” renamed Enterprise E5 Incl. Win Defender Advanced Threat Protection vs. Windows10 Enterprise E3
  • SharePoint integration with Microsoft PowerApps and Microsoft Flow is coming!
  • Microsoft has the largest channel network in the industry. Larger than AWS, Google and Salesforce combined. Ref: WPC16
  • “Consuming or Interacting” with PowerBI Pro content requires a license. Nice gotcha list from Microsoft:
  • July 1st PT License Mobility within Server Farms SA enabled use right maintained on Servers without SA on CALs (for now) Microsoft apparent U-Turn or “Clarification”
  • Future of SharePoint sees closer OneDrive integration w. sync features, and analytics with Delve
  • There’s a new (July 2016) Operations Management Suite Datasheet with full details about the new OMS Subscription
  • SAP Hana on Microsoft Azure is a landmark strategic partnership
  • Enterprise Advantage on MPSA ‘cost effective’ <2400 Users. Margin w. rebates to drive Office365, Dynamics, Azure
  • Enterprise Advantage on MPSA in 2017. Microsoft shift EA under the MPSA framework. Gov and Edu Advantage on horizon
  • Dynamics CRM Online 2016 U1, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 SP1 now available in the June “Spring Wave” Release Notes:
  • Microsoft acquired Wand Labs leverage intelligent agents and cognitive services into chat experiences Bing, Cortana
  • SoftwareONE Blog Article on the 500 EA minimum user/device counts going into effect today
  • July EA enrolment:  SCE contract wording will support reservations for eligible products.
  • July EA: Indefinite Extended Term: Azure, after 12 month enrolment term expires, service will be continue indefinitely at level A plus 3%
  • July EA: Indefinite Extended Term: Online Services maintained for <year after enrolment (under which they were purchased) expires.
  • July EA Pricing: Certain consumption Online Services Price Protection exempt. Initially Skype for Business impacted w. “floating prices”.
  • July EA enrolment: clarification on effective date at renewal. The new contract period is the day after the prior contract ends.
  • July EA enrollment: new contract terms do not support fewer than 500 Qualified Users/Devices. Renew once via Enterprise Renewal Form
  • July EA – Downgrade Rights clarification – right to downgrade to prior versions, the use terms at time of purchase would apply.
  • Office365 Planner is now GA for all Enterprise Plans E1-E5
  • Project and Visio side-by-side compatibility with Office365 C2V versions June PT provides MSI Install! (p59)
  • Skype for Business PSTN Calling FAQs  
  • SQL on Azure VMs FAQs


This website is a way to give back to the licensing community and as an information resource for all customers that work with Microsoft software and licensing. I hope you find it of value.

Tony Mackelworth is Head of Microsoft Advisory Services at SoftwareONE

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