Microsoft Licensing and Services Update October 2017

The latest solutions and services updates from Microsoft, for October 2017

  • Microsoft  EA renewals bookings grow 14%, and 9% in constant currency. Cloud profitability increased 8 points to 57%
  • Microsoft secure targeted $20B annual run-rate cloud commercial business.
  • Office365 up 42% and Azure up 90%
  • Microsoft are completing moving their Azure customers to their ‘Modern Rating Engine’ to enable new billing and consumption models i.e. Azure Monetary Commit (AMC) and Reserved Instances (ARI)
  • Effective October 2nd 2017, SQL Server 2017 was made generally available.
  • You can now use Azure Information Protection BYOK with Exchange Online
  • Improvements to System Center Data Protection Manager 2016 incl. ‘workload aware storage’ for custom storage targets
  • Microsoft confirm Skype to Microsoft Teams Roadmap
  • Microsoft announce new ‘Secret’ Government capabilities for Azure Government
  • Microsoft ‘u-turn’ on unlicensed mailboxes
  • Microsoft365 F1 – a compelling market proposition, but pricing, licensing,  feature limitations may deter adoption (Service Description)
  • Reminder: Exchange and Outlook 2007 are exiting Extended Support in October 2017
  • Office365 ProPlus Channels renamed: Monthly Channel, and Deferred ‘Semi Annual’ Channel with 18 Months Support.
  • Illustrating the expansive requirements for Premium features of Azure AD when running Office365
  • Microsoft TechNet article on setting up Cloud Voicemail for Skype for Business Phone System and Calling Plans
  • Microsoft compare Azure and AWS with a helpful service map-  [Download]  [Web]
  • Minimum Requirements for Windows Defender ATP for Windows 10
  • SQL Server 2017 Licensing Datasheetsome welcome wording on readable replicas, and some new licensing additions
  • SQL Server 2017 ‘Modern Servicing Model’ CUs montly for 12 months, then quarterly for 4 years of mainstream support
  • Windows10 KMS Activation approaches: A)Windows Server 2016 DC KMS or B) Windows Server 2012 R2 STD/DC for Windows10
  • Cloud Spend Management (CSM) greatly improves with reporting Cloudyn acquisition integration for Azure

Thanks All


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Tony Mackelworth is Head of Microsoft Advisory Services at SoftwareONE

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